Jim Ellis, DDS: Tongue Scrapers / Tongue Cleaners
I was asked today about tongue scrapers (or tongue cleaner). I personally do not use a tongue scraper but there is never a time when I am brushing my teeth that I do not also brush my tongue.
The tongue is just like any other place on the human body. It can collect bacteria and needs to be cleaned. It may even more needful then other places due to the fact that the tongue is in an environment that is moist, warm and has a constant supply of food.
All of these factors are great for bacterial growth. And bad bacterial is something that we do not want to see happen.
So whether or not you use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue, to me, does not matter too much. What does matter to me is that you simply get your tongue clean one way or the other.