A tongue scraper is a leading means of bad breath prevention.
In recent years, the use of the tongue scraper has increased in popularity, and with good reason. They’re very effective. Many people mistake the root of bad breath and assume it’s caused by eating the wrong foods, or that it lives in the teeth and gums. While this is true, the main source of bad breath comes from the back part of the tongue, as any dentist will tell you. The regular use of a tongue scraper can easily help you out with this.
There are small buds on the back of the tongue known as papillae. If you look at the back of your tongue closely, you’ll see that it’s not at all flat. Inside these grooves live small bacteria, and these act as the main cause of bad breath (halitosis) as we know it. Part of the reason for this is due to the lack of oxygen these bacteria receive since they’re buried within the ridges inside your tongue. The small amount of oxygen results can in really bad smells, and this is exactly what a tongue scraper attacks.
While there’s no outright cure for this kind of thing (though there are treatments), the good news is that regular use of a tongue scraper can do a great job at getting rid of a good percentage of these bacteria.
While some people brush their tongue with their toothbrush while brushing their teeth, there are three reasons why this isn’t as effective as using a tongue scraper.
1) They often fail to reach the back of their tongue, which is where most of the bad breath bacteria live. Besides, seriously trying to reach the back of your tongue with a toothbrush instead of a tongue scraper could easily set off a gag reflex.
2) The bristles on a toothbrush are too rough for your tongue and can do permanent damage to the soft tissue on your tongue.
3) The surface area of a toothbrush isn’t wide enough to cover your entire tongue.
A tongue scraper, on the other hand, is a much better option for various reasons. First of all, the thin shape of the tongue scraper will allow you to reach the back of your tongue (the most important part) without feeling uncomfortable and making you gag. Also, a tongue scraper is much smoother than the rough bristles of a toothbrush, and much gentler on the tongue. Lastly, they’re really cheap and they last for a long time. I’ve had the same one for over two years now.
Regular tongue scraping is a cheap, healthy means of keeping your breath fresh and your mouth healthy. Used once or twice per day, a tongue scraper will be much more useful than gums, mouthwashes, or anything else that may cover up bad breath. It directly attacks (and removes) the root of the issue.
Try buying a tongue scraper and you’ll most definitely notice the difference with respect to any bad breath issues. It shouldn’t cost you more than a toothbrush, and unlike a toothbrush, it doesn’t wear out every few months. Once you’ve used one for a few days, your mouth will never want to go without a tongue scraper again.