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New Research: Tongue Scraping will Fight the Ageing Process (AMANO features in The Daily Mail)

(The Daily Mail covered many of these issues in an article; "Could this £13 gadget be the secret to staying young?" on 1st November 2018)

Last month The British Dental Journal  wrote about the ‘unassuming’ benefits of tongue scraping;

According to research by Dr Nathan Bryan, a specialist in molecular and human genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA, regular tongue scraping will enable 'good oral bacteria' to produce more Nitric Oxide.

Nitric Oxide (NO) plays a crucial role in helping stem cells function efficiently. Stem Cells' role is to heal the ageing body, helping to regenerate damaged or old cells

Amazingly up to 50% of our daily Nitric Oxide production is from this 'good oral bacteria' – so a simple tongue scrape can have a BIG part to play in ensuring our Stem Cells operate as effectively as possible.

(The precise chemical process as explained by Dr Nathan Bryan is; 'Good' Oral Bacteria are 'Nitrate Reducers' that generate Nitrite as a by-product of converting ingested Nitrate-rich food, known as 'Arginine', which then builds up in our saliva. Once swallowed these Nitrites mix with stomach acid to produce Nitric Oxide – which then enters our blood stream).

Dr Nathan Bryan explained how tongue scraping specifically helps the process;

"Tongue scraping to remove the 'bad' bacteria, food particles and debris allow for the 'good' bacteria to flourish and generate Nitric Oxide"

And for those of us over 40 years of age, this becomes even more crucial, since our Nitric Oxide levels drop as we age as much as half - from peak levels. This drop in Nitric Oxide will impact of our bodies ability to heal effectively - hence the concept of 'ageing'.

The Unified theory of ageing

Broadening the research, Dr Bryan believes Nitric Oxide actually plays a key role in three distinct processes that can be considered rate limiting steps in terms of the ageing process. 

(Source: Nutra Ingredients USA October 2018)

“It’s what we call the unified theory of ageing. Nitric Oxide controls telomerase, the enzyme that adds telomeres to the ends of DNA, Nitric Oxide controls mitochondria biogenesis. And Nitric Oxide is the cellular signal that tells stem cells to mobilise to repair damage” 

On top of this break-through discovery by Dr Nathan Bryan The British Dental Journal adds;

Regular tongue scraping with the AMANO Tongue Cleanser can help 'good' oral bacteria to flourish in the mouth, while also helping to reduce dental caries and bad breath, enhancing taste, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease

So there it is - a £13 investment in an AMANO Tongue Cleanser could be simply the best Resolution you make in 2019 – for a step change in the way you achieve good all round health and vitality.

AMANO has been manufacturing and selling quality tongue scrapers since 1992. The AMANO Tongue Cleanser is made of 18/10 Austenitic Steel, a high-grade chromium and nickel alloy. We are proud to be the best-selling tongue scraper brand in London's elite stores; Selfridges, Harrods and Planet Organic.
And as an added bonus, Professor Nathan Bryan uses an AMANO2017 and gave us this endorsement;

"I personally use the AMANO tongue scraper daily and highly recommend it"

How to use an AMANO Tongue Cleanser

If you are completely new to the tongue 'scraping' experience, we would suggest you hold the head of your AMANO under a warm running tap first - to provide an additional level of 'lubrication'.

This is how easy and quick it is to use an AMANO (we prefer holding a handle in each hand ... but each to their own)

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FRESH NEWS: British Dental Journal on the elegant art of AMANO

"The mighty British Dental Journal featured AMANO and the elegant art of tongue cleansing on 13th June 2014.

We liked the way the BDJ showcased the AMANO's design credentials; "The Italian-crafted AMANO Tongue Cleanser is based on a 2,000 year-old Roman design... and has a nickel and chrome head. (It) comes in a variety of striking, artistic designs, such as Amazing Grace, Ophelia Rising, and Savile Row." 

Plus the taste bud reviving qualities; "The AMANO Tongue Cleanser not only reduces the source of bad breath and caries, but also unclogs the taste buds so that food will taste better".

Briton’s tongues could save our love lives

Briton’s tongues could save our love lives

Everyday we risk coming across someone with breath that makes us want to run a mile – and sometimes that person can be very close to home.

New research by ICM for the new AMANO Tongue Cleanser shows that bad breath is a sure fire way of dousing passion. Over a third of us admit that our partner sometimes has unsavory breath but we haven’t had the courage to tell them.  And one in five of us have decided not to kiss someone because their breath was a turn off.

When it comes to new romance, bad breath is the reason a first date doesn’t lead to a second for nearly a third of Britons, whilst a jaw-dropping three quarters think that bad breath is more off putting than bad dress or poor conversation.

Fretting about the state of our breath has become a national obsession with one in five of us admitting they worry ‘all or most of the time’ about this and nearly half of us saying they have even tried to smell their our own breath.

Despite this fixation, we remain ignorant about how to achieve better oral hygiene with almost half of us not realising that a dirty tongue is a major factor in causing bad breath and tooth decay.       

Sally Goss, Dental Hygienist at the Harley Street Dental Studio, London commented;

It's obviously important to clean teeth and gums efficiently and effectively every day. But the tongue is more important than we think, after all it is one third of the surface area of our mouth. It’s not just about reducing a source of bad breath or tooth decay.  By unclogging our taste buds we can actually enhance our taste sensitivity – in short food will taste much better. We really do need to stop neglecting our tongues.”



All about tongue cleansing

The surface of our tongue is rather like a deep-pile carpet, trapping food debris and bacteria. This noxious cocktail has been medically shown to increase bad breath, dental decay and plaque.

The AMANO Tongue Cleanser is based on a 2000 year Roman design. The nickel and chrome alloy head is gently drawn down the tongue’s surface - elegantly removing all the debris in 2 or 3 strokes. And because of its design and weight – you should not gag with an AMANO.

Tongue cleansing was in vogue back in the C18th and C19th, with George Washington and Victorian Aristocracy firm advocates of the routine.

You can check out their silver and ivory tongue cleansers at Mount Vernon Museum, Virginia USA and the V&A Museum, London.