At Smallflower, we were delighted when the Men's Magazine GQ featured one of our products in an informative post about how to reduce bad breath. The product in question is none other than the Amano Tongue Scraper. Uh...the what, now? We understand that, at first sight, the phrase "tongue scraper" can seem a little odd. We all know to brush our teeth, floss, and use mouthwash to keep up good oral hygiene. But...cleaning your tongue? You might think that's some sort of newfangled trick or gimmick, but it's actually a practice that's been around for a long time.
The History of Tongue CleansingTongue cleansing is a self-care ritual that has been practiced around the world for hundreds of years. It’s especially prevalent in Ayurveda, a form of medicine with historic roots in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurvedic practitioners have used tongue cleansing since ancient times for oral hygiene upkeep. It was particularly en vogue for affluent members of Western cultures between the 15th and 19th centuries. Traditionally, materials like wood, metals, ivory, and shells were used to cleanse the tongue. Nowadays, plastic and metal are the materials of choice. There are several different methods of keeping your tongue spick and span. The most popular is the toothbrush that we all know and love, though special tongue brushes are available. And, of course, there is the infamous tongue scraper.
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A tongue scraper is a device you can use to scrape off buildup from your tongue.As you can see from the image on the left, the Amano model is made from surgical-grade steel with plastic handles. To see how exactly to use it and to watch one in action, check out this video of Smallflower's TQ demonstrating how to use the Amano: [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]