Tongue scraping is a fast way to remove extra particles — including the ones that cause bad breath — from the surface of your tongue. It’s done with a small, slightly rounded tool made from plastic or metal.
Removing the bacteria, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the tongue significantly reduces the odour from the mouth. You may have been told to use your toothbrush for this purpose, but brushing the tongue does NOT efficiently remove all of the films that develop on the tongue. You will be blown away the first time you do this by the amount of gunk that comes off of the tongue.
Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will better expose your taste buds. This will lead to better enjoyment of the flavours of your food. Ayurveda teaches that the better we enjoy and savour our food, the better our bodies digest and assimilate, leading to better overall health. Also, Ayurveda teaches that blocked taste buds and tongue receptors interfere with our body’s ability to communicate with our brain about what types of foods we need to maintain our health, leading to false cravings.
As you sleep, your body is detoxifying. Much of the film on your tongue is toxins excreted from your body. You don’t want to re-ingest that do you? NO! Scraping your tongue first thing in the morning will remove this sludge from your tongue and from your body, improving your overall health and improving your immune system.
By removing bacteria and toxins, you are also contributing to better dental health as well, leading to healthier teeth and gums. The bacteria that you remove from your tongue are responsible for things like periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, gum infections, gum recession, and even loss of teeth.
Scraping your tongue will prevent toxins from getting reabsorbed by your body. Tongue scraping is especially crucial while you’re sick since a lot of gunk from coughing, sneezing, or sucking on cough drops or other medicines can build up on the back of the tongue.