Tongue Scraping is another Ayurvedic practice that I follow daily that has many benefits for not only oral health, but also general well-being.
I use a copper tongue scraper from ‘Ayurvedic Kosha’ which I bought on Amazon. I use copper as it has been used for centuries as a bacteria-resistant metal.
In Ayurveda, Ama refers to any accumulation of toxic residue in the mind-body and tongue scraping is a simple practise that helps remove it. A build up of Ama can be the result of improper eating, poor digestion, or a reflection of an imbalance somewhere in the gastrointestinal system. Tongue scraping is also said to improve your ability to taste food. Ayurveda uses tongue examinations a useful way of evaluating the health of the entire body. If a thick coating is noted, you are accumulating toxicity. By noting this, it gives you the opportunity to become more self-aware and make new, healthier choices.
- After brushing and flossing, open the mouth wide and place the tongue scraper on the furthest reachable point on the back of the tongue. The tongue should be gently scraped from back to front for 7 to 14 strokes. The scraper may be rinsed off between strokes.
- Swish the mouth with water and then spit it out.
Some people report stimulation of the gag reflex during scraping, which may indicate that the scraping is too aggressive. If this occurs with gentle scraping, begin slightly more forward on the tongue to avoid the gagging reflex.
Tongue scraping is a painless and low risk procedure. If tongue scraping causes pain or bleeding, you should stop using the scraper and consult your dentist.