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Using Flavored Tongue Depressors in Pediatrics and Beyond

A speech therapist in a clinical setting, wearing blue gloves and a casual teal blouse, is conducting a speech articulation exercise with a young girl.

Tongue depressors – a staple in medical examinations – serve a crucial role in healthcare by aiding professionals in oral inspections and other procedures. Traditionally seen as simple, utilitarian tools, the introduction of flavored tongue depressor options has transformed the patient experience, especially for children

In this blog post, we’ll explain what tongue depressors are, how they’re used, and how they can support pediatric care. Now,  open your mouth and say “ahhh…”

What are flavored tongue depressors?

Flavored tongue depressors are a clever twist on the traditional medical tool used by healthcare professionals to hold down the tongue and examine the mouth and throat area. These special depressors are infused with various flavors, making the examination process more pleasant for patients, especially children who might be anxious or uncomfortable with the experience. 

By incorporating flavors like grape, cherry, or strawberry, these tongue depressors not only serve their practical purpose but also introduce a hint of fun into the medical examination, easing patient stress and improving the overall experience. 

What are flavored tongue depressors made from?

Made from high-quality, tumbled North American hardwood veneer, tongue depressors ensure a smooth, splinter-free experience. Puritan’s tongue depressor flavors are Kosher certified, FDA food grade, allergen-free, and color-free/dye-free, ensuring safety and inclusivity for all patients. 

What are the benefits of flavor tongue depressors in pediatrics?

Making Check-ups Fast, Fun and Flavorful

Flavored tongue depressors turn routine check-ups into a more engaging experience for children. This not only benefits the young patients by making the process less daunting but also aids pediatricians and parents by streamlining exams and reducing the likelihood of resistance or fear.

Adding Some Sweetness to Speech Therapy

Beyond pediatric care, flavored tongue depressors have become invaluable in speech therapy, aiding in exercises that promote: 

  • lip closure

  • nose breathing

  • saliva control

Organizations specializing in oral-motor therapy have incorporated them into their programs, showcasing the versatility of our product.

Additional benefits of flavored tongue depressors beyond pediatrics

Beyond pediatrics, flavored tongue depressors have also been proven to help with:

  • Avian veterinary care: Interestingly, flavored tongue depressors have also found a niche in avian veterinary care. Much like children, birds enjoy the fruity flavors, making the treatment process smoother and more enjoyable for our feathered friends, without the risk posed by dyes and colorings.

  • First aid: An innovative addition to first aid kits, providing a comforting tool for oral examinations in emergency situations.

  • Oral Motor Development: Useful in exercises aimed at strengthening oral motor skills for people of all ages..

  • Nursing in schools: Flavored tongue depressors are an essential tool in school health offices, making oral health checks less intimidating for students.

9 things to look for in a flavored tongue depressor

When selecting a flavored tongue depressor, consider these nine key differentiators for the product you choose:

  1. Quality Wood Material: Our tongue depressors are made from high-grade, tumbled North American hardwood veneer.

  2. Kosher Certification: Ensuring inclusivity for all dietary requirements.

  3. FDA Food-Grade Materials & Flavoring: Guaranteeing safety and quality.

  4. Allergen-Free Flavoring: Making our depressors safe for everyone.

  5. Individually Wrapped: Ensuring hygiene and convenience.

  6. Variety of Flavors: Offering options to cater to different preferences.

  7. Optimal Length: Our depressors are 5.5 inches long, designed for effectiveness and comfort.

  8. USA Made: Manufactured in the United States, supporting local industries and jobs.

  9. No Artificial Colors: A significant advantage for safety and health.

The Puritan promise for flavored tongue depressors

At Puritan Medical Products, all nine of the requirements listed above are part of our promise. We are dedicated to creating top-notch, single-use medical products that simplify routine procedures for healthcare professionals and enhance the experience for their patients. We recognize that visits to the doctor's office can be daunting for children, filled with unfamiliar sights and tools. 

To ease this stress, we have crafted our line of flavored tongue depressors, designed to make medical check-ups a more pleasant experience for young patients. With enticing flavors like strawberry, cherry, and grape, these tongue depressors have not only become a hit among children but have also found unexpected applications across various industries.

Here’s what Puritan’s customers have to say:

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Puritan Medical Products’ flavored tongue depressors

Ready to stock up? Browse our flavor tongue depressor products by checking out Puritan’s:

After all, our flavored tongue depressors are not just tools but a means to enhance patient care across various settings.

Have questions? Get in touch with the Puritan team for support.

Contact a sales rep, today!

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