There are a myriad of remedies and tools available to help prevent halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. But do you really need them all?
There are definitely some practices that you need to follow to reduce the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. Brushing and flossing daily are essential in maintaining excellent oral health and fresh breath.
A Clean Mouth is a Healthy Mouth
Fresh breath begins at home. Regular brushing and daily flossing keeps bacteria from building up in between your teeth and on the surface of your teeth, but what about bacteria on your tongue? While a tongue scraper is a tool that is used to help clean the surface of your tongue, the jury is out on how effective it is over simply brushing your tongue with your toothbrush. It works by placing the scraper at the back of the tongue and pulling it forward.
Does it work? The short answer is yes. The longer version is; yes, it works, but not necessarily better than brushing your tongue with a toothbrush. You may feel that your mouth feels cleaner after scraping it, and that's fine! Basically, it's a matter of personal preference. Whether you choose to brush your tongue or scrape it, as long as you're making cleaning your tongue part of your daily oral health care routine, you're continuing to reduce and eliminate bacteria in your mouth.
Remember, to keep bad breath at bay, cleaning your tongue helps to keep your mouth fresh. If you have a coated tongue, which is a buildup of debris, bacteria or dead cells on your tongue, a tongue scraper may be your best option. This is generally caused by smoking, poor oral hygiene, medications or even a yeast infection. If you suspect that brushing your tongue with your toothbrush is not getting it clean enough, give our office a call and schedule an exam.