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Tongue Scraper

The advantages of tongue cleaning for oral health

June 12, 2023
Most have heard it's good for them, but how many of your patients actually take the time to clean their tongue? Tell them how much it helps and they may actually do it.

Do you want to add another idea to help your patients have better oral health? If better oral health isn't enough to reach them, mention bad breath—everyone wants to avoid that!

Tell them about the many advantages of using a tongue scraper. In my recent blog about tongue cleaning, I explain how to properly scrape the tongue, I recommend a metal scraper, and discuss some of the many advantages of doing so.

"For fresher breath, tastier food, and healthier teeth and gums, cleaning the tongue ranks at the top of my list. So simple yet so forgotten and neglected is the poor coated, stinky tongue. Clean your tongue twice a day, every day, with a metal tongue scraper.

"And don't be gentle. Aim for the back because that’s where the bad breath germs live, germs like cadaverine and putrescine, which smell as bad as they sound."

Read my full blog post, Tongue Cleaning, to learn more

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Barbara Tritz, MSB, BSDATE, BRDH, is a biological dental hygienist and orofacial myofunctional therapist whose blog, Queen of Dental Hygiene, provides patients the information they need to help them on their healing journey. “Our one-hour appointment time was just not long enough to share all the many important facts I wanted our patients to learn. Dental hygiene is about so much more than just teaching brushing and flossing," says Barbara. “We are healers, educators, and lifesavers, and we need to give our patients the tools and skills to empower them to true wellness and health.”