Tongue scraping: what you need to know

Tongue scraping: what you need to know

Do you recognise that feeling of waking up with a coated tongue? Or bad breath? That’s because during the night, the food parts that remain undigested collect on our tongue. That can create a coating, or mucus on the tongue, and / or a bad taste when waking up.

Why use a tongue scraper?

According to Ayurveda, tongue scraping is an important part of daily lifestyle. A clean tongue can add to a fresh mouth, better taste experience and fresh breath.

By using a tongue scraper, you can remove the coating, which can lead to a fresher breath.

Tongue scraping also activates your digestive system. Ayurveda states that all our organs are connected to the tongue. By scraping the tongue, you ‘wake them up’.

How to use a tongue scraper?

  • Use a copper or metal tongue scraper and stand above a sink or wash basin.
  • Use both hands to hold the tongue scraper at each end.
  • Open your mouth wide open and stick out your tongue, but keep it relaxed. Don't tighten your tongue.
  • Start scraping in the back of your mouth, in the direction of the tip of your tongue.
  • Make soft movements, don’t use too much pressure. Scrape between 7-15 times or until you feel it’s enough. Rinse with water and brush your teeth.

It’s very easy to make tongue scraping part of your daily lifestyle!

It takes only 1 minute every morning after waking up. A tongue scraper doesn’t take much space so it's also easy to take with you while traveling. Put it next to your tooth brush so you don’t forget it.

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