For such a seemingly small part of your body, the tongue plays a major role in many everyday functions, such as talking, helping you digest and taste food, and swallowing. In fact, the appearance of your tongue may speak volumes (pun slightly intended) about the state of your oral and overall health.
Today, Elmhurst dentists, Dr. Augustyn & Dr. Singh of Happy Tooth would like to talk about an excellent way to include this muscle (well, eight muscles, to be exact) in your oral hygiene routine: tongue scraping.
More Pleasant than it Sounds!
Tongue scraping has been practiced for centuries, but surprisingly it isn’t as common in the United States as it has been in Europe, Africa, India, and South America. We think it’s worth jumping on the bandwagon because your tongue can harbor bacteria that cause tooth decay[LINK] and bad breath; the buildup can even prevent you from fully enjoying the flavors of your food!
If you’ve got any questions about tongue scraping or how to improve your oral health, we’d love to help. Contact us today to schedule a visit!
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