Brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining a healthy mouth. But if that’s all you’re doing, you may be skipping an essential step: tongue scraping.
The practice is nothing new—in fact, it dates back to ancient Ayurvedic times. A rather simple task to do, scraping the tongue gently removes bacteria and debris that live on it. “Buildup on the surface of the tongue can lead to unsightly staining of the tongue and bad breath,” says Fort Washington, PA, cosmetic dentist Thomas J. Balshi, DDS. “Daily tongue cleaning is an important part of improving oral hygiene.”
Not only will tongue scraping leave you with a cleaner and healthier mouth, but it’s also said to make your food taste better because the taste buds on your tongue will no longer be trapped under debris. Talk about a win-win situation!
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