Tongue scraping is a fast way to remove extra particles — including the ones that cause bad breath — from the surface of your tongue. It’s done with a small, slightly rounded tool made from plastic or metal.
Although no amount of scraping can replace a good toothbrushing, its purported benefits have enticed quite a few to add this extra step to their morning and evening routines.
Think of your tongue like a shag rug. The tongue is comprised of thousands of tiny, finger-like projections called papillae, which form the strands of that rug. Deep in the crevices of the papillae, bacteria congregate and remain relatively untouched until a tongue scraper removes them from their incubating haven.
Debris, bacteria, and dead cells can build up on your tongue over time. This can lead to bad breath and have a negative impact on your overall oral health. Using a tongue scraper can help remove this buildup, as well as:
The entire process usually takes less than two minutes. Repeat as needed throughout the day.
We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about tongue scraping and to arrange a consultation with you Dr. Antonio Lopez. We offer exams, cosmetic dentistry, child dentistry, kid dentistry, and pediatric dentistry in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and all of the surrounding Tri-cities areas. Call our Kennewick Washington office today at 509.579.0759