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Dr. Johnson, recommends the practice to all of his patients. “Most of my clients don't realize the effectiveness of tongue scraping until they actually do it and see all the gunk that comes off their tongue,” he says. “The tongue is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, but although we take care of our teeth and our gums regularly, we don't pay nearly as much attention to our tongue. The bacteria on your tongue is one of the main causes of bad breath, so scraping it regularly can significantly improve your breath over time". In fact, a recent study showed about 85 percent of all bad breath cases begin in the mouth and half are caused by bacteria residue on the tongue. Brushing your tongue is "the best way to ensure that your breath stays fresh throughout the day,” Williamson says.
However Kimberly Harms, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, says "your taste buds in the back are made for bacteria to hide." And when your mouth has a lot of bacteria in it, you can taste it. “That sour taste is often due to bacteria," she says. If you often suffer from dry mouth, this quick health routine can help that, too. “If you’re not producing enough saliva when you chew, you may have digestive issues,” Harms says. “Scraping can help.”
How to do it
“A scraper is an efficient way to remove all that’s coating your tongue,” Harms says. Here are four things to keep in mind as you scrape: 1. Buy a dedicated tongue scraper (they cost as little as $6) that comes in plastic or metal and is usually shaped like the letter U. 2. Always be gentle — scraping your tongue should never hurt. 3. Scrape only five to 10 times, Harms suggests. 4. Don't go too deep. "Since we have a gag reflex, be sure not to put the scraper too far back in your mouth,” she adds.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” Harms says. “We don’t like to praise things without research but tongue scraping makes sense. If you’re successful at brushing twice a day and flossing daily, great. Do that first. Consider tongue scraping a great adjunct to good oral hygiene.”
original article: www.mnn.com/health artwork: www.wisdomsofhealth.com
The risk of dying before reaching their mid-80s was 84% higher in men with a weaker bite than those with a stronger bite, the study found. The association was significant even when such factors as tooth loss and severe gum disease were included in the analysis.
No connection was found between jaw strength and long-term survival in women of the same age group.
Low bite force may be a sign of poor dental work, loss of teeth and this musculoskeletal decline that can ultimately lead to disability and death, the study suggests. Low intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients can also affect oral health and increase people’s vulnerability to chronic disease, the researchers said.
The study, conducted in Japan, involved 559 people born in 1927, who were enrolled in a larger study in 1998. At the start of that study, the subjects underwent dental and medical examinations and reported personal information, such as diet, chewing ability and smoking habits, on surveys.
Dr. Johnson suggests that you see your dentist routinely and address factors that will influence your bite force. If you are wearing a removable prosthesis, consider implants as an adjunctive approach to improve your chewing ability…and this is likely to increase your life expectancy.
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