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The toothbrush and floss are regularly the stars of the show, but what do you know about their little brother, the tongue scraper? Tongue scrapers may not be as central to oral health as toothbrushes and floss, but they can be a great rounding-out to your hygiene habits if you’re looking for a method to amp up your dental health.

Tongue scrapers work by eliminating the bacterial acids from your oral cavity. Left to sit, acids on your tongue could migrate to the chompers and gums, where they can do some grave harm. Eliminating the bacterial acids on your tongue is like extra credit from Dr. Cathy Fermelia.

Tongue cleaners come in some different types, the most popular being the tongue scraper. Its tough tip makes it easy to scrape bacteria off of your tongue. Tongue brushes are another type, and they are rising in popularity. Although you can also brush your tongue with your toothbrush, we wouldn’t endorse it because it’s not as effective as brushing with a tongue scraper or tongue brush.

That brings up another point. Tongue brushing is awesome extra credit, but it in no way replaces tooth brushing and flossing. The impact of dental disorders affects the teeth and gums, so removing bacteria there should be your priority. Rinsing bacteria from the tongue should come second to cleaning the pearly whites and gums.

To use a tongue scraper, place it at the back of your mouth and gently pull it forward. Clean the top, sides, and bottom of your tongue to thoroughly extricate all bacteria. Clean the scraper before, while and after using it to ensure no leftover bacteria will be seated into your oral cavity again.

Would you like an in-person guide on using tongue scrapers? If so, please call 303-987-2121 now to schedule your next appointment in our Lakewood, Colorado, office. Dr. Cathy Fermelia and our Academy Park Dental Assoc. team will teach you all you need to know about tongue cleaning.