It’s amazing how ignorant a person can be on a topic until something happens to them or to someone they know. For me, that was the issue of using a tongue scraper. A couple of months back I realized how awful my breath was – my wife would tell me to go brush my teeth when I had washed them an hour ago or so in the morning. And that got me thinking. So I made an appointment with my dentist to check the condition of my teeth and I told him about this issue that I have. After establishing that everything was fine with my teeth, he suggested I tried using a tongue scraper to see whether my bad breath would improve. And boy was that a game changer! Today, I can’t imagine starting my day off without properly brushing my teeth and scraping my tongue. If you are having this, or a similar, issue, I’m here to help! Here are just some of the reasons why you too should get a tongue scraper.
No Bad Breath
Many people have no idea how much bacteria gets trapped on their tongue and stays there on a daily basis collecting even more bacteria that eventually results in bad breath. A tongue scraper is an oral hygiene tool that’s designed to clean off food debris, bacteria, fungi, and dead cells from the surface of your tongue. You may be asking yourself why can’t you just use your toothbrush to clean your tongue? Well, because it is designed to remove the plaque and bacteria off the smooth surface of your teeth, not your tongue. Your teeth and tongue have different textures – teeth are smooth while the tongue is rough and has crevices that hold bacteria inside. If you suffer from bad breath, scraping your tongue can be the ideal solution to this.
Your taste buds are also more sensitive when the build-up from the surface of your tongue is removed. This will allow you to better enjoy the flavours of the food you eat. According to Ayurveda, the better we enjoy and savor our food, the better our bodies digest and assimilate, which consequently contributes to better overall health.
To Prevent Toxin Reabsorption Into the Body
Your body detoxifies when you sleep and much of the film on your tongue is toxins excreted from your body. Scraping your tongue first thing in the morning is the most efficient way to remove this sludge from your body, improving your overall health and immune system.
Improved Dental Health
Removing bacteria and toxins from your tongue also contributes to better dental health, leading to healthier teeth and gums. The bacteria found on the tongue is the main cause of periodontal problems, tooth decay, plaque build-up, gum infections, and even tooth loss.
Bottom line is, tongue scrapers are inexpensive tools which can be easily found online and in most health food stores. When buying, choose a stainless steel scraper because they are easier to clean and help balance all Ayurvedic constitutions and imbalances.