As I said in my Native Birds toothbrush review, I also got a stainless steel tongue scraper with my order. I’ve honestly been wanting a tongue scraper for a while because I have always had a real problem with bad breath and an ashy tongue. It seemed as though no matter how much I brushed my tongue, I would always wake up with the worst breath and my tongue would be white as snow. It was just super gross and I knew I needed a change. When I started researching zero waste swaps and just products that my favorite zero waste Youtubers were using, I kept seeing metal tongue scrapers.
Tongue scraping isn’t just for getting rid of bad breath, but it can also improve your sense of taste and overall oral health. Tongue scrapers get rid of excess debris, bacteria, and dead cells from your tongue and have also been proven in studies to be more effective at cleaning your tongue than brushing your tongue.
So with all of this information laid out before me, I thought that it was worth a small investment to try out a metal tongue scraper.
I got my metal tongue scraper with a four pack of Native Birds bamboo toothbrushes. They all came together for $13, and the regular four pack of brushes is usually $10, so I only spent $3 on this thing. It came in all cardboard packaging and was actually smaller than I thought it would be. I had seen tongue scrapers in videos and had just always thought they were much bigger than they actually are.
Using the Tongue Scraper
So using a tongue scraper isn’t rocket science, but I felt like I needed to look up the proper way to use it so that I wouldn’t look like an idiot when I used it and eventually wrote this review.
Heathline gives these directions:
To perform tongue scraping, follow these steps:
Stand in front of a mirror, open your mouth, and stick out your tongue.
Gently set the rounded end of the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue.
If you’re worried about gagging, you may find it helpful to start at the middle of your tongue. You can gradually start from farther back as you get used to scraping.
Gently touch the scraper to your tongue. Slowly pull it forward, toward the tip of your tongue. You should never push the scraper from the tip of your tongue back. Always go from the back of the tongue to the tip.
After each scrape, use a washcloth or tissue to remove debris from the scraper.
Repeat until you’ve scraped the entire surface of your tongue. One to two scrapes across the same area is usually enough.
Wash the tongue scraper with warm water and soap, dry, and store in a clean, dry area.
Seven steps sure seems like a lot, but it goes much faster in practice, trust me.
It is also important to note when tongue scraping is usually the most beneficial. As a rule of thumb, I scrape my tongue whenever I brush my teeth: once in the morning, and once at night. I do this simply because I’ve just always had problems with my tongue and bad breath. Most people that I’ve seen only scrape their tongue before bed, since most bacteria growth occurs overnight, causing your bad breath. All in all, consistency is the real key if you want to see any results.
Overall, incorporating tongue scraping into my nightly routine really didn’t require much work. I brush my teeth, scrape my tongue, use mouthwash, and then go on to my skincare routine. Keeping my tongue scraper in the same place as my toothbrush really helped out with this. The tongue scraper is also super easy to clean and doesn’t require any special care tips like a safety razor or some of my other zero waste swaps that I’ve made. I really just wish I would have gotten one of these sooner.