A common misconception about tongue scraping is that it offers extended benefits in reducing bad breath. Although scraping can help banish bad breath, consistency is key.
For example, using a tongue scraper in the morning won’t prevent bad breath from developing later in the day. Bacteria will build up as you eat and drink, so if you’re concerned about bad breath, you’ll need to scrape after every meal.
At a minimum, scrape your tongue when you brush your teeth. This will help prevent long-term buildup that’s associated with severe bad breath.
Are there any side effects or risks?
One of the biggest concerns of tongue scraping is stimulating the gag reflex, which could potentially lead you t vomit while tongue scraping.
One way to avoid this is to refrain from placing th escraper too far back on your tongue. When you first start scraping, you may find it helpful to scrap from the middle of your tongue to the tip. You can gradually start from farther back as you get used to the sensation and motion of scraping.
How do you perform tongue scraping?
To perform tongue scraping, you’ll need the right tool — a tongue scraper. A quick search for tongue scrapers can reveal lots of options. These include ones made from plastic, copper, and stainless steel.
Most will have a slightly rounded shape, much like an inverted spoon. If you’re in a pinch, household items like a spoon (clean, of course) or your toothbrush will do. However, they may not remove as much odor-causing bacteria as a dedicated tongue scraper.
To perform tongue scraping, follow these steps:
- Stand in front of a mirror, open your mouth, and stick out your tongue.
- Gently set the rounded end of the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue. (If you’re worried about gagging, you may find it helpful to start at the middle of your tongue. You can gradually start from farther back as you get used to scraping)
- Gently touch the scraper to your tongue. Slowly pull it forward, toward the tip of your tongue. You should never push the scraper from the tip of your tongue back. Always go from the back of the tongue to the tip.
- After each scrape, use a washcloth or tissue to remove debris from the scraper.
- Repeat until you’ve scraped the entire surface of your tongue. One to two scrapes across the same area is usually enough.
- Wash the tongue scraper with warm water and soap, dry, and store in a clean, dry area.
- Repeat as needed throughout the day. The entire process usually takes less than two minutes.
How can you avoid gag reflex when using the tool?
One trick that has worked for many of our customers is to make a fist with your left hand, except to leave out the thumb and squeeze your hand as hard as you can. This helps suppresses the gag reflex as you are scraping.
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