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If you’re reading on our blog (or any dental blog), you may likely have heard of tongue cleaning. Tongue cleaning, the practice of eliminating acids from your tongue using a specially-designed dental apparatus, has a few major benefits, and you should consider them if you’re on the fence about tongue cleaning.

One of the most well-known effects of tongue cleaning is fresher breath. Though there is some argument over whether tongue cleaning makes breath fresher, every small bit helps, right? Eliminating odor-causing debris from your tongue will also do many other awesome things for your mouth.

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

Finally, scraping bacterial acids off of your tongue means your mouth will be less susceptible to dental disorders like cavities and periodontal disease. Bacteria eat away at the enamel on your pearly whites, and infested pouches of bacteria can destroy your gums. While brushing and/or scraping your tongue in no way replaces toothbrushing and flossing, most things that extract bacteria from the oral cavity are a win in our book.

When was the last time you were in to our Shelly Ereth Barone office for a professional cleaning with Dr. Shelly Ereth Barone? If it’s been more than a few months, we recommend you call us at 504-832-1164 now to set up your next visit with us in Metairie, Louisiana; your oral health is counting on it!