Friday, August 22, 2014

Should You Get A Tongue-Scraper?

A tongue scraper is an oral hygiene product that removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue.

When we sleep, our digestive system remains awake, removing toxins from our body by depositing them onto the surface of our tongue. If we do not scrape away these toxins, they get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to respiratory difficulties, digestive problems, and a compromised immune system.

Dental research has concluded that a tongue scraper is more effective at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush. Although brushing and flossing will loosen and move debris around, they do not actually remove the bacteria. Almost half of our oral bacteria live on and in the deep crevices of our tongue; the scraping action of a tongue scraper collects these toxic tongue coatings (which can range in color from clear, white, yellow, or green) and removes them from the body. However, still remain strict on continuing with the rest of your dental care routine, The bacteria that causes tartar to build up still remains your teeth and under your gums. Left untreated, this can lead to gum disease, receding gums, and loose teeth that can ultimately fall out.

What is a tongue scraper?
It is a long, thin, flat piece of metal that is bent in a "U" shape 

How to use a tongue-scraper
You should use a tongue-scraper on a regular basis, in the morning and on an empty stomach. 
1. Stand in front of a mirror
2. Hold the two ends of the scraper in both hands
3. Stick out your tongue
4. Place the scraper as far back on your tongue as possible
5. With firm but gentle pressure, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke
6. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating (usually 5 to 10 times) 

Why do I need one?
1. Lessen halitosis
Bad breath can have a negative impact on a person's life, relationships, and self-esteem. Given that most bad breath comes from the bacteria at the back of the tongue (an area that's difficult to reach with a toothbrush), clinical studies have shown that tongue scraping significantly reduces and removes oral bacteria from the crevices of all areas on the tongue.

2. Experience the flavors of your food
Proper digestion begins with taste and salivation. If you do not take steps to remove toxic mucus on the tongue, your taste buds can become blocked. This may lead to false cravings or an inability to recognize the taste of food. Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will open up its pores and better expose your taste buds, allow for greater enjoyment of food flavors, and help your body digest and assimilate food.

3. Boost your immunity
The tongue is part of the first line of defense in your immune system. Scraping your tongue prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into your body and boosts overall immune function.

4. Improve your dental health
This oral hygiene product promotes general tooth and gum health and removes bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, loss of teeth, gum infections, and gum recession.

5. Improve your digestive health
Given that digestion begins with taste, it is important to remove any toxins that may obstruct optimal functioning. Scraping also activates saliva production and promotes agni (the body's digestive fire) to help with digestion throughout the day.

Where do I buy one?
Tongue scrapers and inexpensive and can be found at most health food stores as well as online. Choose a stainless steel scraper because they are easier to clean. Another dental tip, the side of a metal spoon can also be effective.


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  2. Tongue scrapers, which are available in most drugstores in various shapes and sizes, have been touted as a way to reduce or eliminate bad breath (halitosis).