Older research suggests that using a tongue scraper twice daily can improve your sense of taste. Tongue scraping also improves the appearance of your tongue, removes bacteria, reduces bad breath and improves overall health.
First of all, we should all brush our teeth before we eat breakfast – not only after! Otherwise, you will be eating with a foul mouth. You can start with oil pulling, then brush & floss your teeth, and finish with tongue scraping.
Yes, using a tongue scraper is a good habit to implement in your morning and night routine to scrape your tongue after brushing your teeth. Bacteria don’t only accumulate on your teeth – what about the rest of your oral cavity? Your gums, tongue and throat, for example, all house bacteria. Cleaning the surface of the tongue is an important part of daily oral hygiene.
Gently scraping the tongue from the back to the front five to ten times, first thing in the morning after brushing the teeth can reduce the accumulation of toxic and bacterial substances that can lead to bad breath and disturbed digestion.
Using a stainless steel or copper U-shaped scraper, this quick and easy ritual can eliminate the white and sometimes yellowish coating found on the tongue, as well as enhance the function of taste buds, which stimulate the oral enzymes (the key sensory organ in digestion). When the brain and mind accurately perceive ‘taste’, only then does your food digest properly. Scraping the tongue stimulates this process, the digestive tract and your digestive fire.
A healthy tongue should be pink in colour and free from any coating. Your tongue is a map of your digestion, and it can really tell you what is going on in your gut. So, next time you wake up and go to brush your teeth, check out your tongue too. Is there stickiness or a coating? If so, then it’s definitely time to add tongue scraping to your morning routine.
Tongue scrapers are inexpensive and now widely available, but a good-quality copper one will last a lifetime – copper is a non-toxic metal and has healing properties of its own, including healing mouth ulcers.