Why Scraping Your Tongue Could be One of the Best Things You Do for Your Mouth
- Posted on: Apr 30 2018
DeStefano Dentistry has been serving families from the Pittsford area for several years. Since establishing our practice, our priority has been to develop lasting relationships with our patients that can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles. In addition to examining and cleaning teeth in the office, and beyond repairing problems and improving the appearance of smiles, we think it is important to support patients with strategies that they can implement at home. Today, the strategy we want to discuss is tongue-scraping.
Scrape my tongue?
Is this what you’re thinking? We assumed it might be. Hear us out. Tongue-scraping is an ancient practice that is still going strong after centuries of use. Why would that be, unless there were valuable side effects to this habit? In the realm of oral care alone, there are multiple benefits to a daily tongue-scraping practice. Before we discuss what those are, we want to explain how scraping works.
The purpose of tongue-scraping is to clean the tongue. Clean it. Brushing the back of your tongue doesn’t count. In fact, that technique has more disadvantages than benefits. The back of the tongue needs to be cleaned, though, because this is a prime area for the accumulation of bacteria. Where bacteria accumulate, so do toxins. Where there are toxins, there is irritation and the potential for disease.
Tongue-scraping is not complicated. The special instrument can be purchased at just about any drug store or online. Its rounded shape and non-sharp edges are designed to gently release debris from the tongue’s surface. A few swipes from back to front and you’re done.
When you spend an extra minute a day scraping your tongue, you achieve benefits like:
- Getting a cleaner mouth. Bacteria love the back of the tongue because this area is rarely disturbed. When it is not cleaned, the back of the tongue becomes a contributing factor to plaque and oral acidity, factors linked to cavities and gum disease.
- Having fresher breath. In many cases, the origin of halitosis is found right smack dab on the back of the tongue, where debris and toxins that accumulate here deposit odorous byproduct.
- Tasting your food more! This is an interesting benefit of tongue-scraping that surprises many newcomers to the practice. It makes sense, though. When debris collects on the tongue, taste buds get covered and inhibited in their ability to taste.
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We get a great deal of satisfaction out of helping patients avoid dental problems. We’d love to help you. For an appointment in our Pittsford office, call 585-248-2383.
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