Let’s talk about tongue scraping. Most of us own a tongue scraper at home but how many of us scrape our tongues diligently every day? Perhaps a more accurate question is: do you know how important it is to scrap your tongue?
While tongue scraping has been a long practiced action since it was founded in India, scientists are only just discovering the benefits of it. Western practitioners have now proven that scraping your tongue has more health benefits than just keeping your tongue clean. A healthy human mouth contains 100 to 200 different species of bacteria while an unhealthy mouth can house over a billion germs. These germs have been found to be bad for not just your gums and teeth but your overall body health as well.
Scraping your tongue helps remove thousands of bacteria with just one swipe. Brushing and flossing alone doesn’t remove these bacteria. The germs that remain in our mouths will feed off food and drinks that we consume. These germs will slowly lead to tooth decay leading to the need for fillings and worst, root canal. If you find that mouth wash doesn’t seem to be helping with your bad breath problems, then perhaps invest in a tongue scraper as well. Tongue scrapping has also been proven to help reduce bad breath odours and halitosis by up to 90 percent.
Another reason to scrap your tongue is because it helps stimulates your taste buds. If you’re a foodie who loves to get the clearest taste, adding tongue scraping to your daily routine is a must! As removing the bacteria from your tongue not only helps enhances your taste buds it also helps remove that slime coating on the tongue.
Note to all, because a tongue scraper is used to clean out bacteria, undigested food and slime, it is important to keep the tools well cleaned. Otherwise, there is no reason at all for you to scrape your tongue using something that is already coated in bad bacteria. We suggest soaking the scraper in alcohol or mouth wash. This will kill any bacteria found on the tool the way it kills most bacteria in your mouth!