Does Tongue Scraping Remove Good Bacteria

Digestion begins with taste. It is suggested that ancient medical systems encourage removing tongue buildup as this ultimately makes the entire digestive process run more smoothly.

Scraping also activates saliva production and promotes agni (the body's digestive fire) to help with digestion throughout the day.

For those reasons alone - everyone should have a tongue scraper. However, we've been asked, "will tongue scraping remove the good bacteria from my mouth?

The answer is no.

Tongue Scraping - why should you do it?

If you don't take steps to remove buildup on the tongue, your taste buds can become blocked over time. This may lead to false cravings or an inability to pick up certain flavours from your food. Tongue scraping has been shown to better expose your taste buds and improve taste sensation.

Tonge scraping temporarily removes bad breath as well so it's a great tool to use before a date, after that morning coffee and after eating fragrant foods. 

Good Bacteria - how do I keep it?

A group of helpful bacteria called lactobacilli can fight several kinds of bad bacteria and may help restore a healthy balance in your mouth.

If you are concerned about good bacteria eat foods that include bacteria or take probiotics. 

Your Mouth

Everyone's mouth is different and so everyone should approach oral care as they do anything else - on a what's best for them approach. However, there are best practices and guidelines you can follow to ensure you have a mouth that is in tip top shape.