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A healthy mouth works hard for you, it helps you speak and chews your food for you, providing both the action of your teeth and saliva to help digest your food. But it also contains millions of bacteria which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

To ensure a healthy oral environment, you want to remove this bacterial residue during your oral hygiene routine. As you brush and floss daily, you are effectively helping to clear away this debris from the teeth and around the gumline, but it doesn’t do much to rid your tongue from oral bacteria.

Many people use a tongue scraper to ensure a cleaner smile. Let’s take a closer look at what a tongue scraper can do for your mouth!

— Clearing away oral bacteria from the tongue can help to keep your breath fresher.

— Clearing away bacteria from coating the tongue means that your taste buds will be able to better experience the full flavors of your food again. This is because the mucus and other debris normally residing on the tongue can block your taste buds from doing their job well. Keeping your taste buds clear from this bacterial coating will assist you in fully enjoying your food once more.

— Keeping oral bacteria from the tongue helps improve your overall health as well. By keeping your tongue clean, your body isn’t absorbing the toxins from the bacteria, and, your teeth will be healthier when they aren’t coated with this bacteria that contributes tooth decay. And finally, your immune system benefits from fewer bacteria contributing to gum disease, plaque buildup, and tooth decay.

A tongue scraper can be a valuable tool in your oral care kit for a healthier smile. If you have oral health questions, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Jing Yang, please feel free to call our Brighter Smiles Family Dental team in Lebanon, Pennsylvania by calling 717-274-5613. We look forward to helping you achieve the healthy smile you deserve!