Do you ever feel like bad breath comes out of nowhere? Sure, you notice it after eating garlicky chicken or raw onions on a salad. But what about after work, when you’re headed out for a dinner date? *sniff sniff* Where did that come from?!
A quick brushing might help. Gum or mints will mask it for a few minutes. But you know what will really help? Tongue scraping. Adding it to your brushing routine once a day, every day can make a difference.
Using a tongue scraper removes the bacteria and toxins that get stuck in the papillae on the tongue’s surface. (The papillae are what makes your tongue rough, which is a good texture for bad things to hide in.) Debris from saliva, food and dead cells can start to build up just from eating food and brushing your teeth.
While it sounds disgusting… tongue scraping is very effective, inexpensive, fast and extremely private (unless you are doing it on Facebook LIVE!)
Studies have shown that the bacteria that creates smelly compounds and fatty acids on the tongue accounts for 80-85% of bad breath. If you brush your tongue with your toothbrush, you’re not cleaning it. You’re actually smashing the bacteria and gunk down into your tongue. Using a tongue scraper instead will remove a lot of the tongue coating.
Having a thick tongue coating can create more problems than only bad breath. Allowing that bacteria to hang out on your tongue will let it creep back onto your teeth. This could lead to cavities and gum disease. It may even change the natural pinkish color of your tongue to white, yellow or green. In Ayurveda, tongue scraping is a self-care ritual that promotes better digestion and a reduction in inflammation.
Tongue scraping takes just a few minutes each day. After brushing your teeth, stick out your tongue as far as it will go. Place the tongue scraper as far back as you feel comfortable — don’t go so far back that you start gagging. Then apply firm but gentle pressure as you pull it toward the front of the tongue. Move in one long stroke so you can pick up the debris.
When you scrape your tongue, the debris gathering on the scraper will be watery or mucous-like, and maybe even colored. After one scrape, rinse off the debris under running water. Scrape your tongue until there is no debris left. It might take five to 10 swipes. Once you’re done, clean your tongue scraper and let it dry.
We recently added some new products to our dental health line. One is a Charcoal Ion Toothbrush with an all-natural bamboo handle, and the other is… a tongue scraper! I want you to have healthy teeth and the freshest breath possible. We just talked about the benefits of using a tongue scraper… but what’s the deal with the new Charcoal Ion Toothbrush?
The soft, charcoal-infused bristles naturally help:
- Remove plaque
- Reduce stains
- Add whitening power
- Eliminate bad breath
- Kill bacteria
- Detoxify gum tissue
Charcoal is a great source of negative ions. Studies show that negative ions can help release the gunk that builds up on your teeth — including tartar! It’s also antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral. The bamboo handle makes the toothbrush sustainable, BPA free and recyclable. It’s also a pretty addition to your vanity or sink!
Add a Happy Papillae Tongue scraper to your brushing routine, and don’t forget to stock up on a Charcoal Ion Toothbrush and Dirty Mouth™ Toothpowder. You’ll have a fresher, brighter smiler in no time!