The ancient Ayurveda health ritual called Jihwa Prakshalana has made a comeback in the dental world in recent years. More commonly known as tongue scraping, this process helps to remove food debris, odor causing bacteria, mucus, and dead cells from the surface of your tongue.
Many of our patients here at Shadow Valley Dental Group battle with bad breath on a daily basis. While bad breath can be caused by tooth decay, dry mouth, or other oral health problems, it most often is caused by the bacteria on your tongue. While brushing your tongue with a toothbrush and toothpaste has been proven to be effective at lessening bad breath, we always tell our patients to look into buying an at-home tongue scraper.
Tongue scraping benefits don’t end at getting rid of bad breath. Here’s a quick look at some additional tongue scraping benefits:
- Boost your taste buds – When your tongue is covered in debris and bacteria, those particles potentially block your taste buds from experiencing food the way it should be tasted. With regular tongue scraping, many patients experience an increased taste sensation.
- Improves dental health overall – All bacteria in the mouth pose a threat to your oral hygiene. Using a tongue scraper removes the bacteria from the mouth so reduce the risk of decay and periodontal problems. Additionally, tongue scraping activate saliva production, which aids in the protection of your teeth.
- Easy to use – Simply insert the scraper in the mouth, and starting at the back of the mouth, pull the scraper forward while firmly pressing it against the tongue. Repeat the process 6-8 times, or until all of the white coating has been removed from the surface of the tongue. Clean the scraper with soap and cold water after use.
- Affordable and easy to find – You can purchase a tongue scraper at most major supermarkets and drugstores, usually for less than $10.
Have you ever used a tongue scraper? Share your experience in the comments section below!
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If you’re in need of a bad breath solution, or you just want to set up a biannual cleaning, contact Shadow Valley Dental Group today!
1574 Henthorne, Suite A
Maumee, OH 43537