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How To Use A Tongue Scraper

How To Use A Tongue Scraper


Hi, Dr. Burhenne here of AsktheDentist.com. So, we’ve been telling you to floss. We’ve been
telling you to brush. And I apologize in advance, but I’m going to add
one more thing to that. You have to scrape your tongue. Unfortunately that’s a reality in oral hygiene. Think of the tongue as a carpet of mushrooms. And underneath all those mushrooms, there’s this whole other world of things that can collect there. We eat a lot of spicy foods that are very fine, a lot of processed foods. All that stuff can get caught underneath that little world underneath the tops of the mushroom. And the only way to get to that is by scraping your tongue. As you know, that’s one source of bad breath. So if you’re worried about bad breath, halitosis, even staining of your tongue, sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, and people will
say, “Why does that person have a brown tongue?” you need to brush your tongue. I would recommend once or twice a week—and in the beginning, maybe once a day. And eventually, you won’t have to do it that often. But a clean tongue is part of having a clean mouth. There are several tongue scrapers available. Dr. Tung’s has a stainless steel one. It works
well. It’s easy to clean. There are some plastic ones. These are the ones
that we hand out in our practice. They’re very portable. You can travel with them
easily. You can throw them away if they’re not clean
enough for you. They’re disposable. But these work very well. I’m going to show you quickly how to scrape your tongue. If you have a gag reflex, it may be a little difficult because, in the beginning, you do have to get as far back as you can, and that may be difficult. I have a little bit of that, and I’ve gotten used to it. In the beginning, also, you’re going to get a little
yellow exudates coming off of the tongue
scraper. Don’t let that freak you out. It may even bleed a little bit. Again, that’s just an inflamed tongue and a brownish tongue. You have to scrap that off. Eventually though, after scraping for a few
weeks, you’ll see nothing coming off of this except some
clear fluid. And you’ll know that you’ve done a good job. So, real quick, I’m going to show you how to
scrape your tongue. There are a few different settings here. I’m just
going to pick the easy setting. Basically, you just scrape the back of your
tongue. That’s one way to do it. This one is a little easier
to grab on to. Get as far back as you can and just pull it
forward. So, that’s it! One more thing you have to do, sorry
about that. But a clean tongue is part of having a clean
mouth. Thanks for listening!

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