Tongue Scraping as a Means of Reducing Oral Mutans Streptococci
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George E. White, Mirna T. Armaleh
The Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
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For this study the effects of three oral hygiene techniques on salivary bacteria were evaluated to see which method was most efficient in reducing salivary bacteria levels. Sixty patients were divided into three groups. Group 1 was asked to use a tongue scraper to brush their tongue once daily in the morning following regular teeth brushing, Group 2 was asked to place a Listerine Oral Care StripTM on their tongue once daily in the morning after normal teeth brushing, and Group 3 was asked to rinse every morning for thirty-seconds with a saline solution after regular teeth brushing. At the conclusion of the study, it was found that the most effective treatment in reducing bacteria counts within the mouth was Group 1 who used a tongue scraper. The group that was found to be the least effective was Group 2 which used the "Listerine Strip".