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If you’re reading on our dental blog, you might probably be familiar with tongue cleaning. Tongue cleaning, the practice of getting rid of acids from your tongue using a specially-shaped oral appliance, has a few benefits, and you should deliberate on them if you’re on the fence about tongue cleaning.

One of the most desirable effects of tongue cleaning is nicer breath. Though there is some argument over whether tongue cleaning makes breath fresher, every tiny bit helps, right? Removing odor-causing debris from your tongue will also do multiple other great things for your oral cavity.

By removing the pouches of acids sitting on your tongue, you’ll make your tongue a pinker color that lots of people find very appealing. And when we compare grimy, green tongues to recently-scraped, cleaner tongues, we definitely agree that it’s our preference.

Finally, scraping acids off of your tongue means that your oral cavity will be less prone to oral ailments like cavities and gum disease. Bacteria consume away at the enamel on your pearly whites, and infested pockets of bacteria can hurt your gums. While brushing and/or scraping your tongue in no way replaces toothbrushing and flossing, most things that eliminate bacteria from the mouth are a win in our book.

When was the last time you were in to our Paul L. Evans, DDS office for a professional cleaning with Dr. Paul L. Evans? If it’s been more than some months, we suggest you reach out at 530.273.4442 now to set up your next checkup with us in Grass Valley, California; your oral health is counting on it!