6 Benefits of a Tongue Scraper

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Your tongue is surprisingly important to your health and we often neglected it. The tongue takes up a good portion of the mouth and is very important to your oral health. The benefits of using a tongue scraper are innumerous as it not only promotes better oral health but can affect your overall health as well. This little tool can lead to better breath, a healthy immune and digestive system, bring new life to your taste buds, and of course, keep your mouth cleaner.

1. What it is and where to get it.

A tongue scraper is a long, thin, horseshoe-shaped piece of metal that cleans toxins and bacteria build up off of your tongue. This tool gentle cleanses the surface of your tongue as you scrape in one long stroke, rinse, and repeat until your tongue feels free of coating. Tongue scrapers are inexpensive and usually sold at pharmacies or online. If you’re in a pinch, a spoon may also do the trick.

2. You’ll have better breath.

Who doesn’t want fresh breath? Using a tongue scraper regularly can help remove the coating on your tongue that leads to bad breath. A good portion of bad breath is caused by bacteria at the back of the tongue. Brushing your tongue with a general toothbrush can help, but there are areas that may be difficult to reach. A tongue scraper can dramatically improve your breath as you clear away bacteria and residue left behind from food particles.

3. Boost your immune system.

When toxins build up on your tongue, it can affect the rest of your body. Toxins can affect you with a coating on your tongue, foul-smelling breath, body odor, general body aches, and weakness, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, the list goes on. Avoid these toxins and their afflictions when you clean off your tongue. Boost your immune system by keeping your mouth toxin free with a tongue scraper.

4. Enhance sense of taste.

Removing buildup and mucus from your tongue will open up your pores and lead to better exposure to your taste buds. Enjoy your food with more full and rich flavors, just by cleaning your tongue! When you don’t remove build up on your tongue, you can experience false cravings and have trouble distinguishing between flavors and foods. Cleanse your tongue to cleanse your palette and better enjoy your food.

5. Improve your digestive health.

Good digestion is key to a healthy body. That digestion begins with taste. Tongue scraping activates salvia production and promotes healthy digestion throughout the day. Healthy digestion protects your body against the accumulation of toxins and helps to eliminate waste. Cleaning off your tongue can help to eliminate undigested food particles from your mouth and keep your body performing at its fullest.

6. Practice overall good oral hygiene.

Keeping your tongue clean is a huge part of keeping your mouth healthy. Practicing good oral hygiene will promote general tooth and gum health and help you to avoid plaque buildup, tooth decay, loss of teeth, gum infections, and more problems that can be caused by poor oral hygiene.

If you want better oral health, better breath, a healthy immune and digestive system,  new life in your taste buds and a cleaner mouth, you should make tongue scraping part of your daily routine. If you’re interested in other ideas for freshening your breath, click here. Not sure what products to use or how to use them? Contact us to learn more about tongue scrapers and how to maintain a healthier smile.