The Benefits of Tongue Scraping

What do we know about tongues? They’re pink, bumpy, you taste things with it, it allows you to talk, and let’s face it, they can be kinda gross. 

It has been reported that up to 33% of people suffer from halitosis; a fancy and nicer way of saying that their breath smells like death warmed over. (Source: JISPCD - Link Below)

Halitosis can be caused by many things: tobacco use, poor dental hygiene, certain diseases, even certain low-carb crash diets to name a few (Source: Medical News Today - Link below). Generally speaking, the buildup of toxins inside the mouth can and will stink if one doesn’t do anything about it.

Do you have it? If you’re out of view of your coworkers or any member of the public eye that might look at you funny, try lightly running a sterile popsicle stick or clean spoon along the back of your tongue and give it a whiff.

Yeah, chances are that your little “sample” has a bit of an odour. Plaque and bacteria from lingering food particles may be contributing to the smell, but please don’t be disheartened! Bad breath is unpleasant, but it’s hardly a death sentence. There are ways to prevent and treat it! However, many overlook the very first thing you see when you “open wide”. Your tongue, as necessary as it is for everyday bodily functions, may in fact be the worst offender when it comes to mouth odour.

“Yikes. What can I do about it?”

Two words: Tongue Scraper.

“Double yikes. Sounds painful.”

It sounds aggressive, sure. Tongue scrapers, while they admittedly look like some sort of medieval torture device, are more of an exfoliating tool. When used properly with brushing and rinsing, they can contribute considerably to an increase in oral health with no pain whatsoever.

“That’s cool and all, but I have a toothbrush and I brush my tongue with it every time I use it.”

That’s great! However, exactly how effective can 2,000 or so bristles be when cleaning a muscle that can have as much as 8,000 taste buds? It’s almost like trying to clean a carpet with a comb. Sure, it might work, but is it really the best tool for the job?

 We at Kismet Essentials believe that a more targeted approach to oral health is best. While toothbrushes are an essential part of one’s daily routine, there may be a tendency to neglect our flexible friend after shining up your pearly whites. After all, it’s called a toothbrush, not a tonguebrush. 

How does one use a tongue scraper?

Good news: using a tongue scraper is a quick and easy addition to your dental routine! 

 Step 1: After brushing, stick your tongue out as far as it will go. 

Step 2: Place the scraper as far back on your tongue as you can comfortably reach. Press down gently, but firmly onto the tongue to flatten it.

This may be tricky if you have a sensitive gag reflex, but unfortunately, the majority of debris and bacteria linger further back in the posterior of the mouth, so do this step with care! 

Step 3: Slowly pull the cleaner towards the front of the mouth, being sure to keep uniform pressure on the tongue the entire way. 

Due to diet and lifestyle, the debris may vary in composition from a relatively clear, water-like solution to one that’s more viscous and pigmented. Again, be sure not to press too hard as to cause pain or bleeding! 

Step 4: Repeat until there is no more visible debris. You’re almost done!

Step 5: Thoroughly clean and dry the scraper, and set aside until you use it again. This is the most important step, you don’t want to put any old bacteria back into your mouth!

And, that's it! Easy, right? 

Now, depending on the state of one’s breath, it may be recommended to use the tongue scraper several times a day, but everyone’s mouth is different. Please use it as needed and at your own discretion! Be sure to examine your tongue thoroughly, and ensure that your doctor examines it at every checkup as well!

It goes without saying: tongues are great. They help us partake in meaningful conversations with people we love and enjoy our favourite foods. Using our Tongue Scraper, you are well on your way to a healthier, happier, and fresher smile!

Sources Cited:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3894075/

(Halitosis Statistics)

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/166636.php

(Statistics, Medical Info and Instructions)

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/tongue-brush-vs-toothbrush-1215 (Info and Instructions)

Paul Baluch