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Have you recognized the growth in the popularity of tongue scrapers? Well, believe it or not, tongue cleaning is a long way from a new trend. To help feed your craving for an understanding of all things dental, here are some facts on the history of tongue cleaning.
In traditional Indian medicine, also known as Ayurveda, tongue cleaning is recommended as just one part of the hygiene routine. Tongue cleaning extracts foreign food remnants, also known as Ama. This practice has existed since ancient times, and tongue scrapers in Ayurvedic practice are developed from compounds like gold, brass, copper, and tin. Today, people in India also use plastic scrapers to wash off their tongues.
And India isn’t the only place to have practiced tongue cleaning for centuries: people from countries in Africa, South America, Europe and many other cultures have done tongue cleaning for many generations. Each of these peoples has special traditions when it comes to tongue cleaning, and the diverse materials used in their cleaners include such things as ivory, tortoiseshell, and whalebone.
In the USA, we generally place less emphasis on the importance of tongue cleaning, but the benefits of a brighter tongue, a cleaner oral cavity and fresher breath can make the practice worth it. If you’d like to learn more about tongue cleaning, give our McMinnville, Oregon, office a call now at 503-472-1402 to pencil in your next visit. Dr. Natalya Ramsay and the Evans Street Dental Center team would love to assist you in learning more.