Ayurveda recommends combining tongue cleaning with regular brushing and flossing for effective management of oral hygiene.
Gentle scraping of the tongue, back to front, helps reduces bacteria in the mouth, as well as bad breath. Benefits of tongue cleaning can include: enhanced sense of taste, improved digestion, reduces the toxins and bacteria on the tongue that cause bad breath, helps eliminate coating on the tongue (ama). Is good for Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
How to Use a Tongue Cleaner:
Ideally, a tongue cleaner is used every day, early in the morning, on an empty stomach. Simply hold the two ends of the tongue cleaner in both hands. Extend the tongue and place the tongue cleaner on the surface of the tongue, as far back as is comfortable. Gently pull the tongue cleaner forward so that it removes the unwanted coating. Rinse the tongue cleaner and repeat as necessary, usually 7-14 times.