What is tongue scraping?
Tongue scraping is an easy and effective way to remove extra particles and bacteria (the cause of bad breath) from your tongue. It’s performed with a small, slightly rounded tool made from plastic or metal.
Although no amount of scraping will replace a good toothbrushing, its proven benefits have convinced many to add this activity to their morning and evening routines.
Read on to learn about how tongue scraping can improve your oral health, prevent disease and common misconceptions to keep in mind.
How to best scrape your tongue
Tongue scraping should be done on a regular basis, preferably in the morning so you can remove all of the toxins that have been excreted by your body overnight. Tongue scraping involves using a long, thin, flat piece of metal or plastic, which is bent in the shape of a ‘U’, to scrape the surface of your tongue.
- Select a tongue scraping instrument. They can be plastic or metal. Metal scrapers will last much longer. It may be bent in half making a V shape or have a handle with a rounded edge at the top.
- Stick out your tongue as far as you comfortably can.
- Place your tongue scraper on the back of your tongue.
- Press the scraper on your tongue and move it toward the front of your tongue while applying pressure.
- Run the tongue scraper under warm water to remove any debris and bacteria from the scraper. Spit out any excess spit that may have built up during the tongue scraping.
- Repeat steps 2 to 5 several more times or until all debris is removed. As needed, adjust your scraping placement, angles and pressure to prevent a gag reflex.
- Clean the tongue scraper with warm water and a wipe of the scraping edge and store it for the next use. You can scrape your tongue once or twice a day. If you gag during the process, you may want to scrape your tongue before eating breakfast to avoid vomiting.
- When you first get started scraping your tongue, be extra gentle. Your tongue will get used to it quickly. You will be amazed at how much stuff comes off of your tongue in the morning.
Tongue scrapers can be made with plastic or different metals. Which one you choose depends on your personal preference.
Metal tongue scrapers are generally thought to last longer. Many are dishwasher-safe, too. Plastic ones are usually cheaper, but may need to be replaced more frequently. Most tongue scrapers cost about $10.
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