Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | River West Chicago Dentist


Maintaining optimal oral hygiene goes beyond brushing and flossing. Cleaning your tongue is also crucial for a healthy mouth. Bacteria can accumulate on the tongue throughout the day, leading to bad breath and other oral health issues. Using a tongue scraper can effectively remove this buildup and promote a cleaner, healthier tongue.

Why Use a Tongue Scraper?
Research from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has shown that tongue scraping significantly reduces sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. Compared to using a toothbrush, tongue scrapers can reduce these compounds by up to 75%, as reported in the Journal of Periodontology. While both methods can help, a tongue scraper offers a more thorough cleaning tailored to the unique surface of the tongue.

How Does It Work?
Using a tongue scraper is simple and effective. Begin by rinsing your mouth to prepare for cleaning. Then, gently scrape your tongue from the back to the front using the scraper. Be sure to cover all areas of the tongue without causing discomfort. After scraping, rinse your mouth thoroughly, and clean the scraper before storing it for future use.

Incorporating tongue scraping into your oral hygiene routine can help combat bad breath and remove bacteria that contribute to oral health issues. During your next visit to our office, inquire about additional methods for tongue cleaning and maintaining overall oral health. Remember, consistent brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning are essential for preserving your oral health and preventing harmful bacteria.

For more advice on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule an appointment with our River West Chicago dentist at Gleam Dental Studio, please reach out to us. We’re here to help you achieve a gleaming smile and optimal oral health.

Gleam Dental Studio
Phone: (312) 291-9490
669 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642