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Is Tongue Scraping Right for You? 

Chances are you’ve come across the term ‘tongue scraping’ at some point. Essentially, it involves using a special tool to gently clean your tongue from back to front, clearing away the buildup that can accumulate. 

Some studies suggest that this practice can be effective in reducing bad breath, which is why some dentists might recommend it, particularly for those dealing with chronic bad breath. However, it’s worth noting that bad breath can have various causes beyond bacteria on the tongue.

While tongue scraping has its potential benefits, many dentists are cautious about giving it a full endorsement due to the lack of robust research supporting its effectiveness. Additionally, there’s a risk of unintentional tongue injury if the scraping tool is not used properly, especially if it has sharp edges or if excessive pressure is applied.

Before you dive into tongue scraping as part of your oral hygiene routine, it’s a good idea to have a conversation with your dentist. They can provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific oral health needs and demonstrate the correct technique for safe scraping.

If you’re curious about tongue scraping or just want to schedule your next checkup, give us a call at (617) 332-2872 or make an appointment via our online form

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