When you use your toothbrush, you clean your pearly whites and gums — but are you also cleaning off your tongue? While there are several choices for cleaning your tongue, one awesome option is to use a tongue cleaner. Tongue cleaners come in a few varieties:
– Tongue scrapers are apparatuses specifically designed to eliminate acids from the tongue, and it’s the one most associated with tongue cleaning. Tongue scrapers are used by placing the tip of the scraper at the back of the oral cavity, then pulling the scraper forward. Rinse off the scraper as you would a brush after brushing.
– Tongue brushes are new to the dental hygiene scene, and they look similar to a typical toothbrush, but their bristles are made to clean the gaps of tongues. These work about as effectively as a tongue scraper, and you can every now and then find combination tongue brushes/tooth brushes.
– Finally, you can also use a toothbrush to clean off your tongue. Although this method doesn’t necessitate you to acquire another dental tool, it will not clean your tongue as effectively: tongue scrapers are about 50% more powerful than toothbrushes at getting rid of bacteria and slime from tongues.
If you’re keen on a pinker, cleaner tongue, a tongue cleaner may be right for you. To learn more about tongue scrapers, please contact us at 770-438-1520 now to talk to Dr. Vivian Hudson and/or our Smyrna, Georgia, Hudson Dental Care team.