Tongue cleaning (scraping) is a well-known Ayurvedic self-care practice used to remove oral bacteria and debris found on the back of the tongue that appears as a coating and modern research shows tongue scraping is effective at removing oral bacteria found on the tongue. The back of the tongue has little movement and is more oxygen deprived, resulting in bacteria buildup.
Scraping the tongue daily reduces the production of bacteria in the mouth and ensures it won’t be reabsorbed back into the body where it is an added burden to your immune system. Tongue scraping also stimulates your taste buds and they’ll work more effectively because they won’t be weighed down by the coating of bacteria.
Copper (Latin Cuprum) tongue scrapers have been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. The ancients understood copper had healing properties. Medical research related to infection control is also shows the benefits of copper containing-rooms in hospitals for its ability to resist bacteria.
Scrape first thing in the morning
Relax the tongue and use scraper to scrape from the back of the tongue to front
Reach as far back as you feel comfortable
Repeat 5 times, rinsing the scraper in between
Follow by Oil pull, brush and floss
At least once a day (in the morning), twice a day recommended