Skip the toxic high alcohol based mouthwashes that can irritate or damage the soft tissue of the mouth and implement Tongue scraping!
Tongue Scraping is a fast way to remove extra particles (including the ones that cause bad breath) from the surface of your tongue. It can reduce tooth decay and can boost immunity!
Tongue scraping originated in Ayurveda, which says that people who use it are more expressive and thoughtful, better public speakers, and more sincere and authoritative conversationalists.
Cleaning the tongue of the leftover food/bacteria also greatly reduces cravings! When the taste of food is still in your mouth, you’re more likely to crave foods from the opposite extreme of what you last ate. For example, if you had an intensely savory meal, you’re more likely to crave strong sweets. Tongue cleaners re-sensitize your taste buds, allowing you to experience subtle flavors more fully. This makes basic foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables taste more delicious than ever. These simple foods will begin to bring you greater satisfaction, leading you to eat less!
Last, but certainly not least, tongue scraping enhances kissing by making the tongue more fresh, sensitive, and sweet. If you’re in a relationship, try tongue scraping two times a day after brushing your teeth, and encourage your partner to do the same. You’ll probably notice a dramatic difference!
How To: Apply a few quick strokes, 2-3 times a day, or after brushing your teeth. Use the round edge to scrape gently down the tongue several times, while applying slight pressure. Rinse under running water and gently scrape again until no white residue is left.
There should be no pain or gagging involved – if you feel any discomfort, you’re probably scraping too hard or starting too far back on the tongue. Some people ask if they can reap the same benefits by brushing their tongue with a stiff toothbrush. Tongue brushing moves food particles and bacteria around and can be helpful, but a tongue scraper is far more efficient, since it removes deep bacteria deposits and thoroughly stimulates the area. Consistency is key here so add this to your daily routine today. You can purchase a stainless steel or cooper tongue scrapper online and they are usually less than $10. Happy Cleaning and Smooching!