For such a seemingly small part of your body, the tongue plays a major role in many everyday functions, such as talking, helping you digest and taste food, and swallowing. In fact, the appearance of your tongue may speak volumes (pun slightly intended) about the state of your oral and overall health.
Today, Augusta dentist, Dr. Jonathan Bullard of Bullard Dental would like to talk about an excellent way to include this muscle (well, eight muscles, to be exact) in your oral hygiene routine: tongue scraping.
Tongue scraping has been practiced for centuries, but surprisingly it isn’t as common in the United States as it has been in Europe, Africa, India, and South America. We think it’s worth jumping on the bandwagon because your tongue can harbor bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath; the buildup can even prevent you from fully enjoying the flavors of your food!
If you’ve got any questions about tongue scraping or how to improve your oral health, we’d love to help. Contact us today to schedule a visit!
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Dr. Bullard graduated cum laude from Augusta State University with a business administration and management degree. He served as vice president of his dental class at the Medical College of Georgia where he attained his DMD degree. Rather than entering into private practice directly after dental school, he furthered his education by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here in Augusta. Here he enriched his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Bullard is currently an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also in the process of attaining Diplomate Status in the American Board of Implant Dentistry. Diplomate Status in the ABOI is an internationally recognized achievement that involves hundreds of hours of dental implant training and multiple written and oral exams. Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Augusta Dental Society.
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