What is Tongue Scraping? Jihwa Prakshalana, or the Ayurveda self-care ritual known as tongue scraping, is an an oral hygiene practice that is designed to remove bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins and dead cells from the surface of the tongue.
Dental research has concluded that a tongue scraper is more effective at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush. Although brushing and flossing will loosen and move debris around, they do not actually remove the bacteria. Almost half of our oral bacteria live on and in the deep crevices of our tongue; the scraping action of a tongue scraper collects these toxic tongue coatings, which can range in color from clear, white, yellow, or green and removes them from the body.