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You know that if you want to enjoy good oral health, you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, but did you know there are other things you can do to improve your oral health? Naturally, we recommend considering all of your options when it comes to your oral health—include tongue scrapers.

Granted, using a tongue scrapers may seem odd at first, but please don’t let that stop you. You see, your tongue harbors plaque and bacteria that can cause bad breath and other problems. Of course you can brush your tongue, but many people find doing so uncomfortable, which makes it difficult for them to thoroughly clean their tongue.

However, while a toothbrush is made for your teeth, tongue scrapers are specifically made to clean your tongue. While tongue scrapers can be made from many materials, stainless steel is commonly used because they allow for gentle but effective cleanings.

Furthermore, using a tongue scrape is simple. Just start at the back of your tongue and pull the scraper forward. This practice can let you enjoy many benefits. For instance, with a tongue scraper you’ll be able to fight off bad breath and prevent the bacteria on your tongue from spreading to your teeth. In other words, using a tongue scraper may help you prevent cavities and tooth decay. Similarly, if you remove more bacteria from your mouth, you may be less likely to deal with gum disease—which could help you avoid a wide variety of problems.

To learn more, please feel free to give us a call at 952-894-2545. Dr. Bartholemew Schultz and our team at Smiles of Distinction will gladly answer any of the questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!