What are the benefits of a tongue scraper?
There are many benefits of using a tongue scraper:
- Remove plaque and debris off of your tongue
- Lower bacteria count in the mouth (the bacteria that causes cavities, gum disease and bad breath)
- Lower bacteria counts= better overall health
- Improve taste sensation
- Improve appearance of tongue (get all of the coated white off)
- Help with bad breath- lots of bad breath bacteria lives on the tongue
How can I clean my tongue?
Looking for the best way to clean your tongue?
Lots of people choose to brush their tongue with their toothbrush. I personally like to keep them separate and feel like a “true” tongue scraper does a much better job!
Also lots of toothbrushes claim that the little bumps that look like braille on the backside of the toothbrush head is a tongue scraper. Just stop. It’s not.
If you haven’t used a real tongue scraper yet, you are missing out. Seriously missing out. It’s like a luxury for your mouth.
And a luxury for your friends so they don’t have to smell your rankin’ breath. Ha!
Does brushing your tongue help with bad breath?
Absolutely! So much harmful, bad breath causing bacteria lives on your tongue. It’s as easy as gliding a tongue scraper over your tongue for 5 seconds to get it off. Helping with bad breath is just one of many benefits of using a tongue scraper.
How to use a tongue scraper
- Stick your tongue out as far as you can.
- Simply glide the scraper from the back of the mouth keeping gentle but slight pressure on the tongue and pull it forward while gliding over the tongue.
- Thoroughly rinse off the tongue scraper in the sink between each scrape.
- Always go from the back of the mouth towards the tip of your tongue. You don’t want to push bacteria and plaque in the wrong direction.
- Less gagging
- Watch all that plaque come off! You may want to do this a few times to ensure that all the plaque is removed.
Should I use a tongue scraper before or after brushing?
I don’t believe there is truly a right or wrong way to do this. But if you are asking me, I personally like to brush my teeth then use the tongue scraper.
How often should I use a tongue scraper?
Use a tongue scraper every time you brush your teeth. (HINT: that should at least be every morning and night)
Is tongue scraping good for you?
Of course! It rids the tongue of plaque and harmful bacteria. Bonus: fresher breath!
Can tongue scrapers damage your taste buds?
Well I suppose if you were to do it very harshly you could irritate them. Tongue scraping doesn’t take a lot of pressure. Just gently glide it over the tongue. Doing it correctly should not cause any problems.
How much does a tongue scraper cost?
As a dental hygienist and certified tooth nerd, I’ve tried nearly all of them. They come in several shapes and sizes. Most are fairly inexpensive and worth every penny plus more.
Tongue scrapers are one of the most affordable dental products on the market. They can truly change your life. You can get most for under $10!
No more gagging if you use a tongue scraper
Additionally, the average person gags while trying to scrape their tongue. The majority of people find tongue scrapers to be MUCH easier to use since they are less likely to cause gagging! So you can get further back and really get the gunk off!
Where can I buy a tongue scraper?
There are many tongue scrapers available. Here is my top pick for the best tongue scraper:
Tons of ultrasoft micro-pointed bristles. These are very long and tapered so they are able to reach and scrub areas where your toothbrush cannot reach! Designed to get into deeper crevices than a regular toothbrush.
The OraBrush tongue scraper can also be cleaned in the top rack of the dishwasher! Replace only every 3 months or so.
Additional tongue cleaner products
Although you can just use water along with this product, if you want to really step up your fresh breath game, use TUNG Cleaner! Typically regular toothpaste is too thick but this tongue cleaning gel is JUST PERFECT! It is formulated to get rid of the gas that is formed by stinky breath bacteria on your tongue. Use in conjunction with the OraBrush and you will be crowned the clean tongue champion!
Other things you can do for optimal oral health:
- Brush your teeth 2 x daily. My favorite, the BURST brush. Check out this article and use my code FFERVX to save $30 BURST Toothbrush Review
- Floss every night. Check out my recommendation for Coco Floss. Coco Floss Review
- Use a mouth rinse. Check out my recommendation of Closys. CloSYS
- If you have dry mouth problems. Consider using Biotene products. Check out this article. Dry Mouth
- Continue seeing your dentist 2 x yearly for regular exams and routine dental cleanings.
Kelly Hancock, RDH
Kelly is a registered dental hygienist and oral health care provider. She is passionate about oral hygiene and encourages people to achieve optimal oral health. She has been working in the dental profession for 16 years and worked in many different roles in the dental industry. Kelly is currently a pediatric dental hygienist specializing in children’s dentistry. She is committed to helping others with their oral health care issues and helping others achieve a smile they love.