If you know someone who’s super into oral hygiene (or you’re friends with me), you’d definitely have heard of tongue scrapers by now. I personally feel they haven’t shot to the level of stardom they deserve, but I’m here to sing their praises and share the many benefits that mine has brought to my life. I bought a copper tongue scraper at the end of last year and honestly haven’t looked back since, it’s that good.
A tongue scraper is essentially a little tool that helps to get the gunk off your tongue. It doesn’t sound super glamorous but hey, oral hygiene isn’t supposed to be sexy. I’ve gone into excruciating detail on what they are and how they work in this article, but this story is all about my experience with the magical tool.
The copper tongue scraper
So what’s the tool that changed my life? It’s this copper tongue scraper I picked up off Amazon for a mere $9.95. I also paid no delivery and it arrived the next day because I’m an Amazon Prime member so that just sweetened the deal even further.
It arrived in this very cute pouch which is great for storage and even better if you’re planning to take it away. You don’t want to chuck something loose in your bag that’s going to end up in your mouth later. Once you take it out the bag, it looks exactly as you’d imagine. It has two little handles on either side which makes it really easy to grab onto, and it’s got a curved end which you use for the scrapey scrapey.
I liked this one for a few different reasons. Firstly, it’s made of 100% copper which contains microbial and antibacterial properties that help promote oral hygiene even further. It’s also got a nice wide span which means it covers the whole area of the tongue in one stroke without you having to go back and hack at the same spot over and over. It’s got lovely smooth edges as well because nobody wants to be dealing with a bleeding tongue at any point in the day.
I’m not going to include before and after photos of my tongue because, yuck, but I can promise there’s been a dramatic difference since using the scraper. If I stick out my tongue now it’s a nice pink which is a welcome colour change from the white coating it used to have. When you think about it, the amount of gunk that must be sitting on our tongues is unholy. Years and years of eating and drinking just sitting there – it’s just begging to be scraped off.
You’ll feel an instant difference in your mouth from the first time you use it, but the more you continue to use it, the more obvious they’ll become. There’s honestly no better feeling than waking up in the morning, scraping the debris off your tongue, brushing your teeth and having a big glass of water – it’s unparalleled freshness. You can see all the gunk coming off with each scrape and it’s next level satisfying.
Some studies have found that using a tongue scraper twice a day could improve your sense of taste but I’m yet to experience an overwhelming change in my tastebuds. That being said, I have a pretty good sense of taste already and it’s not my primary reason for using the scraper so I’m not too bothered about it. The overall difference in oral cleanliness, fresher breath and colour of my tongue has given me my moneys worth and then some.
Pros and cons
For me, the best part about using a tongue scraper has been the improvement in breath. I feel like I used to chew gum a lot because I felt my breath wasn’t super fresh, but I do this far less after incorporating the copper tongue scraper into my routine. Obviously you can’t be scraping your tongue after every single meal but using it twice a day has made such a dramatic difference in the build-up of bacteria that my breath is a lot better than it used to be. If the few months of wearing a mask and being forced to smell your own breath made you question the state of your oral hygiene – get a tongue scraper stat.
The only con is that you need to remember to dry it off after each use. To be fair, this is something they tell you to do but I forgot a few times (read: I was lazy) and left mine to drip dry. Over time this has slightly dulled the shine of the copper but it doesn’t affect the tongue scrapers effectiveness in any way so I really don’t care. The aesthetics of something you use to scrape gunk off your tongue doesn’t really matter, you know?
Okay, but do I actually need one?
Short answer – yes. If you’re a human being with a mouth and you eat and drink regularly (hello, everyone) then you should be using a tongue scraper. Brushing your teeth twice a day simply isn’t enough to get the bacteria off your tongue, in fact – it does absolutely nothing for your tongue.
Once you’ve used a scraper for yourself, you’ll see just how much stuff actually comes off and how much cleaner and fresher your entire mouth feels afterward. I really recommend the copper tongue scrapper because it has even more antibacterial properties than your regular scraper but anything is better than nothing.
You honestly won’t believe the amount of gunk that comes off your tongue and you’ll feel a million times better once you’ve scraped it all off. This is one of those products that you’ll buy, and you’ll spend a good ten minutes wondering why the hell you didn’t own one sooner.