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How Often and When Should You Scrape Your Tongue?

Have you ever really looked at your tongue? Go ahead stick it out and take a good look. The tongue is the only muscle that’s not connected to bone at both ends. The tongue’s main job is tasting and chewing. It also plays a role in speaking, swallowing and breathing. The tongue is made up of about 10,000 taste buds which you can start to lose after the age of 50. The tongue can accumulate debris, bacteria and dead cells over time which can cause a coating, bad breath and dullen the taste buds. A tongue scraper can be used to remove the debris to keep the breath fresh and improve sense of taste. Researchers found that using a tongue scraper twice a day for seven days reduced the two types of bacteria that cause bad breath and dental decay. Tongue scraping has been shown to remove 30% more of the bacteria than a soft bristle brush.

So how often and when should you scrape your tongue? During the night while we sleep the digestive system remains awake and deposits toxins from our body onto the surface of the tongue. Scraping the tongue first thing in the morning will stimulate the taste buds and get the digestive process moving. It will remove the toxins from the surface of the tongue as well. The best type of tongue scraper should be made out of metal, such as stainless steel or copper and one that is bent in a U shape. Stand in front of the mirror, hold the two ends of the scraper with both hands and gently pull in one stroke towards the tip of the tongue. Rinse the scraper and repeat about 5 to 10 times until your tongue feels clean and no longer has a coating. After rinse your mouth with warm water. The next time you want to kick start your day grab your tongue scraper before your morning coffee.

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