Tongue Scraping as Part of Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Do you suffer from bad breath? Do you see a fluffy white film on your tongue when you look in the mirror? Or maybe you just want to make your mouth feel fresher and cleaner? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may want to talk to your Whitby dentist about integrating tongue scraping into your oral care routine.
What is it?
Tongue scraping is a quick and easy way to remove extra particles and bacteria from the surface of your tongue. If left alone, these particles can cause bad breath and add a whitish looking film to your tongue. Tongue scraping is exactly what it sounds like – using a small tool to scrape debris off your tongue.
If you Google the words tongue scraper you might see people using the back of a spoon, thinking this is a perfectly acceptable tool to use to get the job done. However, your Whitby dentist will recommend using a proper tool built specifically for the task at hand. You can purchase special tongue scraping tools at any pharmacy.
How Does it Help?
While scraping your tongue certainly doesn’t take the place of brushing your teeth, it does have many benefits. Here are a few:
- Improved Appearance – that white film that collects on your tongue can look a little… well, yucky. Scraping your tongue regularly is an easy way to keep your tongue looking clean and healthy.
- Less Bacteria – using a tongue scraper helps remove bacteria build-up from your tongue, which is important because this is the bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay.
There are many ways that tongue scraping can improve your overall oral health. Contact the team at Downtown Whitby Dentistry today to schedule and appointment and speak with an expert. We are always welcoming new patients and referrals of family and friends.