A Tongue Scraper Set You Never Knew Your Mouth Needed, Now on Sale

A tongue scraper.
Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by MasterMedi.

Why you want this: In the past few years, as internet recommendations for wellness products have proliferated, the humble tongue scraper has gained new renown. Outlets like GQ and Business Insider have extolled their benefits. The actual research on tongue scrapers is limited, and dentists say that regularly brushing your teeth remains the most important thing you can do for your oral health. But published studies do suggest that scrapers are at least temporarily effective for bad breath, and some dentists are enthusiastic about tongue scraping as a regular part of oral hygiene. Outside of the medical benefits, it also presents a special appeal to those of us who derive satisfaction from the sensation of a squeaky clean tongue.

What the experts say: Verywell notes that the MasterMedi Tongue Scraper is made from surgical grade stainless steel, which helps prevent bacteria buildup and makes it easy to disinfect. They note that this two-pack also comes with a case and cleaning cloth, making it easy to bring along for travel.

What the people say: It is the gold standard of tongue scrapers. (“This was my first tongue scraper. It works fabulously and feels like it’s quality made. Also, it’s a decent weight, simple design, and easy to clean.”)

A good alternative to brushing your tongue. (“I’ve always had so much problem with gagging while brushing my tongue, so I thought I’d try one of these scrapers. It’s amazing!! I cleaned it off with my toothbrush with leftover toothpaste on it, then rinsed out my mouth fully and started scraping (wipe or rinse off with each scrape.”

The MasterMedi Tongue Scraper is now $7, or 28 percent off the normal price.