Tongue Scraping is the new trend and why you should add it to your daily wellness routine.
Tongue Scraping is an Ayurvedic ritual and a powerful tool to add to your daily wellness routine.
Tongue Scraping, which is becoming increasingly popular, is one of the many Ayurvedic rituals that you can incorporate into your daily routine to feel happy, healthy and balanced. It’s a positive step to encourage good oral health and remove unwanted toxins and residue off of the tongue.
Why is it so good for oral health? A key part of everyone’s home care regime, tongue cleaning prevents or treats bad breath by removing the tongue coating that builds up over time. Mouthwash can be helpful for bad breath but mechanical cleaning is also needed. Gum Specialist and Oral Health Expert Dr Reena Wadia says; “The Ayurvedic ritual of tongue scraping is one of the most powerful tools you can add to your daily wellness routine. There is also now recent scientific evidence backing up the importance of tongue cleaning. One of the key benefits is that it removes the tongue coating that builds up over time. This is super important as a tongue coating is one of the most common reasons for bad breath.”
5 reasons why you should incorporate tongue scraping
Halitosis or bad breath can be defined as an offensive breath odour. The two biggest causes of oral malodour include tongue coating and gum disease. Tongue cleaning has an effect in reducing oral malodour caused by tongue coating.
The tongue is made up of lots of crypts, cracks and irregular surfaces so is an ideal site for the growth of bugs/bacteria. These bacteria can produce things which taste and smell foul. The tongue is like a carpet, it needs to be cleaned regularly!
Improves your sense of taste. Research suggests that using a tongue scraper twice daily can improve your sense of taste. Your tongue may be able to better distinguish between bitter, sweet, salty, and sour sensations.
Improves the appearance of your tongue. The build-up of excess debris can cause your tongue to take on a white, coated appearance. Daily scraping can help remove this coating and prevent it from returning.
Can be a part of your mindfulness routine at the start or end of your day –getting rid of the build-up of toxins and stress of that day.
How to use the tongue scraper
Open your mouth and stick our your tongue as far as you are able to. This as increase access to the tongue and ease of scraping. Avoid pointing your tongue as this decreases surface area and makes scraping less effective
Grab the scraper and give it a rinse
Holding the handle of the tongue scraper, place it on the back part of your tongue, then begin scraper.
Apply firm pressure to the tongue scraper and in one slow smooth motion, pull the scraper from the back of your tongue to the front. The edge of the scraper will remove any coating or residue.
A maximum number of four to eight movements should be enough for the day
Rinse the scraper after each stroke and clean it after use. This tongue scraper can be kept long term and should be periodically disinfected using boiling water.
Get your own eco-friendly Tongue Scraper
Following on from the success of her central London clinic, and popular treatment Polish & Perfect, Dr Wadia, Founder of RW Perio, has now launched an eco-friendly Tongue Scraper (£16).