An ancient tradition or a new fad?

It looks like a pair of giant tweezers or the pincher part of an animal you wouldn’t want to find in your sock!

Now I’m all for oral hygiene, lets not under estimate the power of fresh breath. But some how the idea of this tongue cleaner just doesn’t sit with me. But I’m game to try it!

It has my initial vote as its Pink! They also do them in Blue, Green and Yellow. Is it Blue for Boys and Pink for girls? In which case who uses the Green and Yellow ones? Or is it just that these are four nice colours that any family would be glad to accesorise their bathroom with? 

I’ve read the instructions, which I think are very detailed when I’d think it was pretty much common sense, but I‘m instructed to make sure the thumb grips are face down - check, I’ve run it under the cold water tap – check, and I’ve extended by tongue! All that’s left now is to press down and gently pull forward all the way to the end!

I’m told this is an ancient tradition – to clean your tongue. The Romans didn’t just give us straight roads and bathing but the tongue scrapper as well. Even early Buddhist and native South Americans were known to take tongue hygiene very seriously. So why if we’ve know about it for so long does it take Molar Limited to send me one in the post to try before I’ve ever seen one? Is it a well kept secret of people with bad breath? Or perhaps people with nice breath 

The big question is does it work? Well I did as I was told and it did scrape off an alarming amount of saliva – leaving my tongue feeling bone dry and with a slight gagging reaction (perhaps I was a little over ambitious as to how far I put it back on my tongue!) the end result was actually ok. My tongue felt clean/cleaner than it had before and I could defiantly smell, although not taste, which was interesting, the minty freshness I was told it would leave behind. I did feel slightly stupid scrapping my tongue, but if the result is fresher breath and better oral hygiene, I’m happy to add an extra laugh at myself in the mirror each morning 

You can buy these in most pharmacies or direct from Molar Limited at They cost £3.25 so to replace them every 3 months as recommended is a small price to pay for an ancient remedy to bad breath!