Why Should You Use a Tongue Scraper?

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Four Powerful Reasons to Use a Tongue Scraper

Let’s face it, most people feel they are keeping up with their dental hygiene when they manage to brush, floss, and rinse on a daily basis. Many people don’t think about cleaning their tongues. If you think about it, the tongue is a rather large surface area that interacts in your chewing process. It is also made of soft tissue with what we like to refer to as taste buds, which are actually called papillae. The grooves in your tongue and the spaces between the papillae leave a lot of room for tiny bacteria to hide out and multiply. Using a tongue scraper in addition to the oral hygiene that you already practice will help to control bacterial growth in your mouth. Here are some reasons to use a tongue scraper on a regular basis.

Tartar Buildup

Using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from your tongue reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth at any given time. Tartar is caused when plaque is allowed to form and harden on the teeth. Using a scraper to reduce the number of bacteria leaving plaque deposits will reduce tartar buildup, as well as the amount of scraping the dentist has to do when you go to your next appointment.

Boost Your Immunity

Using a tongue scraper keeps toxins in the mouth from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream. Keeping your body pollutant free will allow your immune system to work on other priorities.


Using a tongue scraper even aids in digestion. Digestion is said to begin with the taste buds or papillae on the tongue. Keeping bacterial populations low on the tongue will increase your ability to digest at this stage. Not only that but using a tongue scraper can help you to taste your food better as well. The scraper works to remove odor-causing bacteria that can mess with your sense of taste.


Use of a tongue scraper gives confidence during the dayHalitosis or bad breath can be caused by abnormal buildup of bacterial populations in the mouth. There are over 700 different strains of bacteria that can be living in your mouth as we speak. Making use of a tongue scraper can help to reduce incidents of halitosis by manually removing bacteria from your tongue. Regularly scraping your tongue can give you confidence that you do not have bad breath when you have to be face to face with people during your day.

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