Lately, we are focusing on the mouth microbiome. You might not be aware of this, but you have bacteria that live in your mouth that determine your overall digestion and the health of your teeth, and they're very important.
We don't look at this very often so I want to talk about one very important tool that you can use to help balance your mouth microbiome and end your cravings at the same time.
This also gives you fresher breath and actually makes kissing better!
Introducing…the tongue scraper. This practice originates with Ayurvedic medicine.
“I have been using a tongue scraper every day for at least 10 years now. And I love it.” – Summer Bock
I don't think about it because it's such a daily habit. I don't have to even try to do it, I do it because I like it. I do it because I notice a big difference.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tongue Scraping
You can use a spoon or you can buy a tongue scraper. There are plastic ones, but I the one I like best is the copper tongue scraper. I like the shape and I like the fact that it's copper, which is antimicrobial.
Here’s how you do it: First, stick out your tongue. You put it near the back of your tongue and you scrape towards the tip with light force. Not super hard—you’re not trying to rip the taste buds off of your tongue, but you want to use enough force to pull off the layer of bacteria and film. You can do it one or two times and then just wash it off and put it in your toothbrush holder.
I recommend doing this after you brush your teeth in the morning and after you brush your teeth at night. What I noticed when I started using this in the mornings is that it cleansed my palate and made it easier to eat healthier food in the morning. This helped me when I was transitioning away from the standard American diet and I wanted to have donuts and cinnamon rolls and pancakes every morning because that's just what sounded good.
When I started using the tongue scraper that helped get all those funky little bacteria out of my tongue, so my mouth would taste really fresh and clean. At that point, I felt like it was so much easier to make a good decision about what I was eating because I was now eating food that was going to nourish my body instead of food that was going to mask the weird taste in my mouth.
All these bacteria living on the surface of your tongue grow overnight while you're sleeping just grow and multiply, literally eating any leftovers in your mouth. This is partially why good dental hygiene is so important but I really think the tongue scraper is one of the most important parts of dental hygiene.
So try it out. If you don't have a tongue scraper, just use a spoon for a couple days and see what you think. After you use it for a while, you're probably going to want to get your kissing buddy to get one too because it just makes such a drastic difference.
But just a word of caution—it’s weird. If you weren't raised doing this or people around you didn't do this, you're going to be like, “Why am I … what? What am I doing here? This is so strange!” And sometimes a white film might come off as you're doing it. That's totally fine and normal. You're just getting that gunk out and it's going to make food that much more enjoyable and make your mouth environment that much healthier.
Tell me what you think in the comments. I'm really curious.