We shouldn’t have to tell you that when it comes to tongue brushing vs. tongue scraping, tongue scraping is the clear winner.
It’s true that both brushing and scraping your tongue help improve your oral health—tongue scraping is just a more effective and beneficial way to receive a cleaner tongue and better overall oral health.
Soft plaque builds up on the surface of your tongue (gross, we know), which inhibits your taste buds so you can’t fully taste and enjoy the food you eat every day as well as causes you to suffer from false food cravings. It also contributes to hard plaque buildup on your teeth. Tongue scraping doesn’t reabsorb or leave toxins behind like tongue brushing does; it’s your first line of defense against bad breath, also known as halitosis, tongue diseases and gum disease, and improves your sense of taste as well as digestion by reducing the digestive ama (toxins) that accumulates on your tongue.
Plastic tongue cleaners are out there, but they shouldn’t be. Your tongue cleaner needs to be made of a pure, unalloyed element that’s more durable than plastic and better for the overall health of yourself and the environment.
According to the Charaka Samhita, a Sanskrit text on Ayurveda, or ancient Indian medicine, tongue scrapers should be made from gold, silver, copper, tin or brass, while also being a curved shaped so the act of scraping the tongue doesn’t injure the tongue.
While you might feel stylish and luxurious using a gold tongue scraper, copper is the only material your tongue scraper should be made from.
The benefits of copper have been known for centuries. Throughout the history of mankind, dating back to the 5th and 6th millennia B.C., different forms of copper have been used for various medicinal purposes. The Egyptians would use copper for their water pipes because water stored in copper is beneficial to your health and its positive properties would gently leach into the water so those who drank the water would drink its benefits. Ship builders also used copper to keep algae off the ships.
From the ancient Egyptians to the now modern times, humanity has used copper for its antimicrobial and sanitary properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Today, some health care facilities are even using copper furnishings, such as copper door handles, bed rails and bathroom fixtures, because copper is an antimicrobial surface that helps kill bacteria, yeasts and viruses.
The ancient Ayurvedic recommendation of tongue scraping is an often overlooked part of oral health care—don’t overlook this important and effective practice of having a clean tongue and better overall oral health. And for the best results, use a pure copper tongue scraper.