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There is plenty of evidence substantiating the connection between what people eat and their overall health. But mouth wellness may play a more significant role in systemic and inflammatory diseases than we think. Because the bacteria that causes gum disease has been linked to cardiac and other health issues, employing a tongue scraper in conjunction with brushing can provide an array of benefits.

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1. Improved Taste

Decreasing dietary sodium is one of the best ways to improve overall health, but if your ability to taste is not at full strength, stopping the salt is challenging. In a study of 90 individuals following a tongue-cleaning routine, results show the subjects' ability to taste salt intensified. Using a tongue scraper to reduce the thick coating on the small nodules called papillae improves an individual's ability to taste all flavors, especially saltiness.

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