Did you know that when you brush your teeth you only clean approximately 25% of your mouth? This is one of the reasons mouthwash is so useful. Aside from fighting bad breath, mouthwash can reach different areas of your mouth, and provide a variety of benefits.
For example, some mouthwashes contain alcohol that that kills bacteria faster and more thoroughly than some mouthwashes, though it can cause a burning sensation. Other mouthwashes have fluoride to fight against cavities, and some are designed specifically for children.
Similarly, a tongue scraper is mostly useful for removing bacteria that can cause bad breath. While some people may clean their tongue with a toothbrush, many others find it uncomfortable. Tongue scrapers also come in different sizes because wide tongue scrapers may trigger gag reflex.
But please remember, if you have chronic bad breath, you may be dealing with gum disease and you may need help from a dentist. Similarly, not everyone needs to use mouthwash or a tongue scraper—though it won’t hurt your oral health. Still, if you are concerned with the bacteria in your mouth, we recommend speaking with your dentist. He or she will be able to give you specific advice.
If you would like to learn more about mouthwash or tongue scrapers, please feel free to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you.