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You know that if you want to enjoy good oral health, you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, but did you know there are other things you can do to improve your oral health? Naturally, we recommend considering all of your options when it comes to your oral health—include tongue scrapers.

Granted, using a tongue scrapers may seem odd at first, but please don’t let that stop you. You see, your tongue harbors plaque and bacteria that can cause bad breath and other problems. Of course you can brush your tongue, but many people find doing so uncomfortable, which makes it difficult for them to thoroughly clean their tongue.

However, while a toothbrush is made for your teeth, tongue scrapers are specifically made to clean your tongue. While tongue scrapers can be made from many materials, stainless steel is commonly used because they allow for gentle but effective cleanings.

Still, please don’t misunderstand. While using a tongue scraper can be uncomfortable initially, the process shouldn’t be hard. In fact, all you’ll need to do is place the scraper against the back of your tongue and pull forward. When you do this, you’ll be able to remove the bacteria and plaque that could otherwise get on your teeth and cause problems such as bad breath, gum disease, and potentially even tooth loss.

If you have any questions about what kind of tongue scraper is right for you please give First Dental at 620-225-5154 a call. Our dentist, Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler, and our team will be happy to help and assist you in any way.