What Is Tongue Scraping?
Tongue scraping is an ancient practice used all over the world of tongue cleaning involving an implement to remove buildup from upper surface of the tongue. It can help maintain the health of your mouth and reduce bad breath (halitosis) as well as improve the sensitivity of your taste buds. It can also be beneficial for people who suffer from Candida (yeast overgrowth) of the mouth. Food and bacteria build up on the tongue the same way it does on your teeth and needs to be cleaned also. Build up can often appear white or yellow and certain foods tend to cause more build up than others (dairy products being the main one). Tongue scraping must also be used alongside regular brushing and flossing of the teeth and gums.
How to Tongue Scrape.
Take your tongue scraper and gently scrape from the back of the tongue towards the tip and then rinse the scraper. Repeat 3-4 times or until the tongue appears clean. Do not press too hard or scrape to vigorously as you may irritate you tongue or trigger your gag reflex. Metal scrapers are more effective than plastic ones. I recommend not using a toothbrush that has a rubber scraper on the back as they are not as effective. Clean the scraper with soapy water after use.
There is not much research on the benefits of tongue scraping but it’s hard to say that having a cleaner tongue is not going to be healthier for you. Most people who do tongue scrape regularly report having fresher breath and better taste sensitivity.
Recommended Tongue Scrapers To Buy.
Here are a few scrapers that I would recommend. Also try checking out your local health store first before ordering online! It’s always nicer to support small local businesses. Tongue scrapers come in many sizes and made from a variety of different materials. They are usually made from steel or copper shaped like a horseshoe . Some have rubber handles for better grip and comfort. Copper had some anti-microbial properties which also adds some extra benefit to your scraper.
David’s Professional Tongue Scraper – 100% medical grade stainless steel with smooth rounded edge of scraper.
Keeko Copper Tongue Cleaner – 100% pure copper.