Why You Should Scrape Your Tongue: Benefits of Tongue Scrapers

August 29, 2017 — by Kenneth W. Coffey, DDS
Tags: General Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

Close up of a woman’s mouth as she uses a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from her tongueWhile scraping your tongue may not currently be on your checklist of daily dental priorities, you might want to consider placing it there. Investing $5 to $10 in a tongue scraper could help you to avoid a number of oral health problems, and therefore extensive restorative dentistry treatments, in the future. At the cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice of Kenneth W. Coffey, DDS, our primary goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health through both superior dental care and education that you can use between visits to our practice. By providing you with strategies you can use, such as using a tongue scraper to augment your at-home oral hygiene regiment, we can help you keep your teeth clean and healthy for a lifetime.

In discussing the benefits of tongue scrapers during appointments at his Orland Park, IL practice, Dr. Coffey explains that tongue scraping is not a passing fad, but rather is rooted in sound scientific principles. There are many benefits associated with scraping your tongue, some of which might just surprise you.

Are you interested in meeting a dentist who will provide you not only with exceptional dental care, but also with strategies to maintain your oral health for a lifetime? If so, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey today.

What Are the Benefits of Tongue Scraping?

As you may already know, the plaque that collects on your teeth comprises millions of bacteria. Where do these bacteria come from? Your mouth is filled with bacteria naturally, some more harmful than others. Every day, you introduce further bacteria into your mouth simply through such daily actions as breathing and eating. If you happen to smoke, you’re introducing even more harmful bacteria into your mouth than the average person.

These bacteria don’t take refuge exclusively on the teeth. In fact, they find the porous, sponge-like texture of the tongue to provide an extremely hospitable environment in which they can thrive. That is why it is important not simply to brush your tongue, which is not terribly effective, but to scrape it using a dedicated tongue scraper.

Using a tongue scraper will allow you to:

  • Enjoy the flavors of your foods more fully: If you happen to love your favorite foods the way most of us do, then you surely want to savor their flavors as much as you can. If your taste buds are covered in a coating of bacteria, food particles, and toxins, how much flavor can possibly break through?
  • Improve your immune system: Your tongue plays host to approximately half of the bacteria in your mouth. It is also a fundamental component of your immune system. You do the math!
  • Have fresher breath: The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria on the tongue.
  • Improve your overall oral health: Of course, the bacteria on your tongue don’t necessarily remain in place. Over time, they will move, putting your teeth and gums at risk for damage.

Learn More about the Benefits of Tongue Scrapers

To learn more about the benefits of tongue scrapers, please contact the cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice of Kenneth W. Coffey, DDS today.

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