What the F is a little series I’m wanting to introduce you all to. Basically it’s a series looking into, shall we say “niche”, wellness, beauty and lifestyle topics. First up I thought we’d start with TONGUE SCRAPING. It’s something I’ve been recently introduced to and have been doing for a number of weeks. Ever woken up with a layer of white fuzz on your tongue? Bad taste in your mouth? Or even worse bad breath? Then tongue scraping is for you. But what the hell is it? Is it worth it? And what are the benefits?
Tongue scraping is a simple Ayurvedic practice of scraping your tongue to clean it prior to brushing your teeth. This practice has been around for a very, very long time but is only recently gaining some modern day momentum. Traditionally tongue scrapers are made of gold, silver, copper, tin, stainless steel or brass. The aim of the tongue scraper is to remove toxins, mucus and other gross things that have accumulated themselves on your tongue overnight.
According to Ayurvedic practice, the oral cavity is the main passage connecting the body an the environment. Maintaining proper oral care and hygiene is said to lead to better balance and overall wellness. Flossing and brushing are all well and good at removing bacteria from your teeth and gums, but what about your tongue? Here are the main tongue scraping benefits:
Nope! Toothbrushes are great for cleaning your teeth, not so great for cleaning your tongue. It’s the wrong tool for the job as the bristles are better suited to a hard surface like your teeth. Your tongue is a squishy surface so requires a tool that has a solid surface, like the U-shaped tongue scraper.
There’s a variety of tongue scraper’s on the market and they are a pretty inexpensive tool to invest in. I would recommend avoiding the plastic ones as these aren’t as durable as the metal counterparts. Stainless steel is my preferred metal of choice, simply because it’s easy to clean, it’s durable and contains less allergens. Try to choose one that’s the width of your tongue and is also comfortable to grip too. Amazon have a heap of options, here are a few of my favourites *:
I’ll start by saying that although the tongue scraper can look daunting, it is no way, shape or form painful. It’s a super quick and easy step to add into your morning routine. Ideally, you want to scrape your tongue as soon as you wake up and before brushing your teeth. Open your mouth as wide as you can and stick your tongue out. Gently reach to the back of your tongue and scrape your tongue from back to front. Rinse off the tongue scraper and repeat 5-10 times across your tongue. I tend to start in the middle and then move onto each side in turn, rinsing after every pass. Try not to scrape too firmly as you don’t want to do the opposite and damage your taste buds.
You can then follow tongue scraping with brushing your teeth. If I have the time I like to add on another Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling (details to come on another post), which should be done before brushing your teeth. Then you can continue your day as normal, minus the toxins and bad breath.
I’ve been doing tongue scraping for a month or so now and I can honestly notice the difference. I no longer wake up with a weird taste in my mouth and my mouth and oral care in general feels so much fresher! Have you tried tongue scraping? I would love to know your thoughts and whether or not you’ve tried it!
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