If you read my Oil Pulling post, you would have learned just know how much crap (and by crap I mean toxins) are in your mouth.
Whether you give it a go at oil pulling, you should definitely pick up a stainless steel tongue scraper and use it as part of your daily routine when brushing your teeth.
Tongue Scraping not only removes bacteria which causes bad breath, it enhances our sense of taste and boosts our immune system by warding off sinus infections and promotes dental health.
I perform tongue scraping after oil pulling, so after swishing oil in my mouth for 20 minutes, I scrape the residue off my tongue and brush my teeth, followed by mouth wash.
I scrape around 3-5 times.
What is a tongue scraping?
Another ancient technique which is recommended to detoxify our bodies of toxins.
While we sleep, our bodies are constantly working at cleansing and detoxifying, which deposits toxins on the surface of the tongue. This is all thanks to our digestive system, which is responsible for the coating we see on the tongue first thing in the morning… some of you may even have bad morning breath, or have a case of bad breath throughout the day.
Tongue scraping is a technique used to eliminate and remove bacteria, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the surface of your tongue.
Tongue Scraping for Good Health
The tongue is a map of your internal organs, which is a great way to see what’s going on inside your body.
If you take a look inside your mouth, you may notice the coating on the tongue be clear, thick, white, yellow, brown, or green.
This bacteria and/or fungi may be related to common oral care and health problems including the cause of bad breath.
By scraping your tongue, you are stimulating and massaging those corresponding internal organs, just like in acupressure or acupuncture.
Benefits of Tongue Scraping
- Improves bad breath
- Improves ability to taste
- Eliminates toxins being absorbed by your body
- Improves dental health
Toothbrush Tongue Cleaners
Sorry, but using the back of your toothbrush doesn’t count.
When you use the “tongue cleaner” on your toothbrush, you are actually putting bacteria and toxins back in your mouth- gross huh?
Tongue scrapers are long, thin, flat pieces of metal (sometime health stores sell plastic ones). These can be bent in the shape of a ‘U’, to scrape the surface of your tongue, or you may find plastic ones with handles.
When you are done with it, rinse with hot water and store it away until you are ready to use it again.