Tongue scraping was, not too long ago, considered a relatively unusual oral health technique. However, new studies show that this simple, quick, and painless addition to brushing and flossing can remove up 30% more of the bacteria that causes bad breath than brushing alone. What’s more, some of these bacteria also contribute to tooth infection and gum disease. Removing them may help reduce your risks for these more serious oral health issues.
Tongue scrapers are available at most drug stores and come in a variety of styles. Which type you use seems to have less to do with their efficacy than when you use them. Research indicates that scraping prior to brushing offers the greatest benefit. It is also best to scrape both morning and night.
There are a number of steps that can be added to your daily oral hygiene routine to optimize the health and beauty of your smile. During your visits with Oradell family dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter we can make personalized suggestions to help ensure you are provided with all of the tools you need to obtain and maintain peak oral health.
To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Perlmutter, please contact Oradell Family Dental today. We welcome patients from all areas of Bergen County and surrounding New Jersey communities.