Do you know how often should you change your tongue scraper? You should replace your tongue scraper as often as you replace your toothbrush – after 3-4 months.
Stainless steel tongue scrapers tend to last longer than plastic ones. But for hygiene purposes, it’s still a good idea to get a new one every 3-4 months or when you replace your toothbrush.
If you use your tongue scraper often – maybe 2 or 3 times a day – you may need to get a new one sooner.
How Long Does A Tongue Scraper Last?
It’s hard to tell when a tongue scraper is worn out. It’s not like a toothbrush where you can see the bristles are bent and no longer effective.
A tongue scraper also gets less effective over time. The edges can become worn out and uneven, which can make tongue scraping uncomfortable and can even break the skin.
When To Replace A Tongue Scraper
In addition to the basic 3-4 month standard replacement period, here are other situations when you should get a new tongue scraper (even if it has not yet been 3-4 months since you bought it).
- When there are visible signs of wear. Look for rough edges and any bending on the rounded part.
- When the handle begins to wear out.
- If you notice any rusting (for a metal tongue scraper).
- After a bacterial or viral infection such as flu.