Ayurveda regards this simple practice as a direct method of removing toxicity from the body. Daily tongue scraping removes any build-up that leads to bad breath and bacterial growth. This coating can be caused by improper eating, poor digestion, or a gastrointestinal imbalance.
In addition to improving oral hygiene, tongue scraping, brushing, flossing teeth, and drinking a large glass of water help kick-start digestion. Activating the taste buds with tongue scraping improves taste perception and digestion and activates the lower intestines to initiate bowel elimination first thing in the morning. Furthermore, if you improve your taste perception, you will consume less food and won’t need to increase the sugar, salt, or spices added to the food to make it more flavourful.
Your tongue can be a mirror of your overall health, so look at it every day before scraping. Furthermore, examining your tongue daily provides an opportunity for self-awareness as you reflect on your past choices. In the case of a thick coating, try tongue cleaning and oral hygiene practices and see if a difference is noticed.
- Additional information
Tongue scraping is the simple practice of scraping your tongue before brushing your teeth. Studies have shown that this simple technique:
- Reduces undesirable bacteria in the mouth that can compromise gum, teeth and oral health.
- Reduces volatile sulphur compounds (VSC), by-products of mouth bacteria linked to bad breath.
- It improves taste sensation and reduces tongue coating.
- Changes the environment of the mouth to minimise putrefaction and decrease the bacterial load.
How to Scrape your Tongue
1. Start scraping your tongue as soon as you awake. You can brush your teeth first if you prefer.
2. With a relaxed tongue, using your U-shaped tongue scraper, gently reach to the back of the tongue and scrape the tongue from back to front. Repeat this as often as you judge necessary, reaching as far back as comfortable and rinsing the scraper after each pass.
3. Drink warm water after finishing your oral hygiene.
Getting people to use tongue scrapers effectively requires teaching them not to scrape too hard. Some people experience a gag reflex during scraping, which may indicate that the scraping is too aggressive. When this occurs, scrape gently on the tongue slightly more forward to avoid gagging. Adding this practice to your regular dental care should be a pleasant experience.
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