What is a Tongue Scraper?

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Tue, 08/25/2015

A tongue scraper is an oral health implement that is used to scrape bacteria and food particles from the tongue. Made of plastic or metal, tongue scrapers are specially designed to conform to the contours of the tongue and are purported to help reduce bad breath.

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Do Tongue Scrapers Work?

Do you have general dentistry questions in Fresno? Call Dr. Gregory Miyake at <a href=559-224-0103 for answers" src="/sites/www.smilesbymiyake.com/files/Tongue%20Scraper.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" />Several studies have shown that tongue scrapers, when used as a part of a thorough daily oral hygiene routine, are very effective at reducing bad breath. Some evidence suggests this simple addition to your oral care can help reduce risks for tooth decay and gum disease as well, but the most significant evidence shows a reduction in volatile sulfuric compounds (VSCs) – the leading cause of halitosis.

A recent study found that people who used tongue scrapers saw a 75% reduction in VSCs compared to a 45% reduction when brushing alone. This is a fairly clear indication that, when used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, tongue scraping is an effective way to reduce and control bad breath.

To learn more about general dentistry and oral health in Fresno, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today and schedule your next appointment.