You might have heard that brushing and flossing are the most important and essential practices for a good dental hygiene, but not many would have heard about the technique of tongue scraping. A tongue scraper is a plastic tool that you gently rake over your tongue from back to front to remove any debris that gets caught in all the crevices.
Tongue scraping is equally important like brushing and flossing. Here are six reasons why it is important to add tongue scraping to your daily dental routine.
Brushing and flossing help remove bacteria from your teeth, but often bacteria hides in the deep crevices on your tongue where they multiply quickly and cause all types of havoc within the mouth
Bad breath is one of the most embarrassing things we face. Bacteria hiding on the tongue can cause your breath to smell less than pleasant, even if you do brush and floss.
Mucous can thicken on the tongue and eventually clog your taste buds. Once this happens, food takes on a strange taste or no taste at all.
Toxins enter your body through many different avenues. Your tongue is one of the easiest places for them to get into your system. By scraping regularly, you remove the toxins before they have a chance to cause illness.
The nutrients in food won’t do anything good if they aren’t digested properly. By removing any built-up mucus and bacteria, you not only improve the taste of food, but allow greater production of saliva, which starts the digestion process off on the right foot.
Brushing and flossing go a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums in the best possible condition, but that is only part of the picture. To give your mouth the freshest taste, sweetest breath, and healthiest teeth and gums, you need to practice good dental hygiene on a daily basis. Tongue scraping is the final step you may have been missing.
Dr. Steffany Mohan is the Owner of Plaza Dental Group and is a leading dentist in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Mohan is an expert in implant, family and cosmetic dentistry, is Invisalign certified and has gained a reputation of excellence in the dentistry community. Plaza Dental Group has built a reputation for excellence and its close doctor-patient relationships, which has made them one of the premier offices of Iowa dentists