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Tongue Scrapers

Updated: Mar 13


Tongue scrapers are inexpensive and easy to find. They can be used as a tool to prevent bad breath, remove debris from the tongue, and freshen the mouth. Tongue scrapers help to remove food particles and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. These can cause bad breath. When used regularly, tongue scrapers can help keep the mouth clean and fresh-smelling.


Tongue Scrapers Types

Tongue scrapers can be purchased over the counter or from a dental hygienist. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and are made from a variety of different materials. Some patients prefer a tongue scraper that is made of metal or plastic while others prefer a softer material.


A Tongue Scraper For Children

For children, using a tongue scraper is one of the best habits you can teach your children. It's especially beneficial if you drink water, soda, or juice on a regular basis. A tongue scraper removes bacteria, food particles, and other debris from your tongue, helping to keep it clean.


Many parents help their children brush their teeth, but skipping the tongue is a big mistake. The tongue is like a sponge and collects bacteria. The bacteria on the tongue can infect the gums, causing gingivitis. Using a tongue scraper helps keep the tongue clean and healthy.


When To Replace Your Scraper

We recommend replacing the tongue scraper every four to six months, or sooner if it's showing signs of wear and tear.


The scraper should be replaced if:

  • It's showing signs of wear and tear.

  • It's missing its handle.

  • It gets dirty from use.

  • You or a family member develops a fungal infection.

A tongue scraper should be stored in a clean, dry place.


Tongue Scraper vs. Toothbrush

Tongue scrapers are much more effective at removing plaque from your tongue than brushing alone. A toothbrush can dislodge plaque from your tongue, but it cannot remove it completely. Tongue scrapers can reach further into your mouth and scrape your tongue clean. Tongue scrapers also stimulate your gag reflex, which helps clean the back of your throat as well.

To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentist in Albuquerque NM, Dr. Snyder, call (505)-293-7611, schedule an online consultation or visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.

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