Proponents additionally report that it leaves their mouth feeling remarkably brisker general. “I love tongue scraping,” says Allure’s personal digital artwork director Ingrid Frahm. “Or maybe, I just hate not tongue scraping. If for some reason I can’t [do it], it truly feels like not brushing my teeth at this point — gross.”

Amra Hajdarevic, co-founder of oral care model Terra & Co., additionally tongue-scrapes each day. For her, the follow is an Ayurvedic ritual just like dry brushing and oil pulling in that it helps take away ama, which she defines as “any accumulation of toxic residue in the mind and body.”

Are there any dangers to tongue scraping? 

No matter your motivations, it could be value giving tongue scraping a strive, since — in response to Dr. Lowenberg — there is not any inherent threat to the follow. (Injury and irritation solely come up whenever you scrape too exhausting, he says.)

That mentioned, regardless of its latest surge and lengthy historical past, “the American Dental Association does not take into account tongue scraping essential for good dental hygiene, and neither do I,” says Dr. Apa, who instead emphasizes the importance of brushing morning and night, using floss and mouth rinse, and visiting your dentist for a cleaning at least twice a year. But if you like the way tongue scraping feels, he says, you can incorporate it into your routine as “the third step after brushing and flossing, and previous to rinsing with mouthwash.”

How should you use a tongue scraper?

Before you give tongue scraping a go, there are a few basic guidelines to keep in mind. To start, consider investing in a stainless steel scraper, which — in addition to being intrinsically more hygienic than plastic — can be used over and over again. My tool of choice was Terra & Co. Gentle Green Tongue Scraper, which Hajdarevic says can last up to a decade with proper care. 

Next, follow Dr. Apa’s advice: “Start behind the tongue and pull the scraper ahead, utilizing mild strain. Do this two or thrice, rinsing the scraper below heat water between pulls. Once performed, give your mouth a rinse to make sure nothing was left behind.”