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Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

The Benefits of a Tongue Scraper

By Dr. Pinnix on September 05, 2017

A tongue scraper scraping a tongueFor those with oral health problems, restorative dentistry treatments can improve oral health and restore the appearance of the smile. However, preventing oral health problems to begin with is best. Brushing and flossing is key to protecting the teeth and gums, but what about the tongue?

The tongue can become coated in bacteria, food remnants, and dead skin cells, causing bad breath and making the mouth feel less than fresh, even after brushing. A tongue scraper can be an excellent addition to any oral hygiene routine. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of a tongue scraper in this blog post from Charlotte, NC dentists John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt.

The Benefits of Tongue Scrapers

A tongue scraper is a simple oral hygiene tool used to scrape the tongue clean. Made of plastic, steel, or copper, tongue scrapers come in different shapes and sizes and are often found in stores that sell toothbrushes and oral hygiene products.

Tongue scrapers offer many benefits and are easy to use, making them a great addition to any oral hygiene routine. Some benefits to consider include:

  • Boosts freshness and reduces bad breath: The bumpy taste buds on the tongue can allow food debris, dead skin cells, and bacteria to buildup on the tongue, causing a less than fresh feeling as well as bad breath. Tongue scrapers help improve breath and leave the mouth feeling fresher by scraping bacteria, dead skin cells, and food remnants from the tongue.
  • Alleviates coated tongue: Coated tongue, also called white tongue, is a condition in which the nodules of the tongue, called the papillae, swell or overgrow, causing bacteria, dead skin cells, and food debris to become stuck within the papillae. Tongue scrapers can remove food remnants, bacteria, and dead skin cells lodged between the papillae.
  • Cleans the tongue more effectively than a toothbrush: Toothbrushes are designed to clean the teeth, not the tongue. Soft toothbrush bristles are ideal for removing plaque from the teeth but are generally not firm enough to effectively clean the tongue. Tongue scrapers provide more resistance, helping to remove more debris from the tongue than brushing alone for a fresher, cleaner mouth.
  • May enhance ability to taste: For some, regularly using a tongue scraper can improve the ability to taste. This may be because removing debris from the tongue helps expose the taste buds.

Incorporating a Tongue Scraper into Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Adding a tongue scraper to your oral hygiene routine is an easy way to improve oral health, reduce bad breath, and enjoy a fresher feeling mouth. Fortunately, using a tongue scraper is fast and simple.

While you may choose to use your tongue scraper every time you brush and floss, most people find that using a tongue scraper once in the morning is sufficient. Whatever time of day you choose, all you have to do is place the scraper against the back of the tongue and drag it forward and across the tip of the tongue. Rinse any debris off the tongue scraper and repeat until the scraper comes up clean and free of debris.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information about tongue scrapers or other ways to improve oral hygiene, we invite you to schedule a consultation today.

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