Ayurvedic Treatment For Prevention And Maintenance Of Oral Health
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Along with the treatment of orofacial diseases, Ayurveda recommends some daily use therapeutic procedures for the prevention and maintenance of oral health. These include Dant Dhavani (Brushing), Jivha Lekhana (Tongue scraping), and Gandoosha (gargling), or oil pulling and tissue regeneration therapies.
- Dant Dhavani (brushing)
Ayurveda recommends chewing sticks in the morning as well as after every meal to prevent diseases. Ayurveda insists on the use of herbal brushes, approximately nine inches long and the thickness of one's little finger. The neem is a famous herbal chewing stick. Fresh stems of liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), black catechu, or the cutch tree (Acacia Catechu Linn.) Arjuna tree (Terminalia arjuna), fever nut (Caesalpinia bonduc), and milkweed plant (Calotropis Procera) can also be used for brushing.
- Jivha Lekhana (tongue scraping)
It is ideal to use gold, silver, copper, stainless steel for the scrapping of the tongue. Tongue scraping stimulates the reflex points of the tongue. Removes bad odor (halitosis). Improves the sense of taste, stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes. It has significance for eliminating anaerobic bacteria and decreases bad odor.
- Gandusha (gargling) or oil pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda procedure that involves swishing oil in the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits. Oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional Indian folk remedy to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips, and for strengthening teeth, gums, and the jaw. Oil pulling therapy can be done using oils like sunflower oil or sesame oil. Oil pulling therapy is very effective against plaque-induced gingivitis.
- Tissue regeneration therapies
In Ayurveda, the well-known herb, Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica) is considered a general rebuilder of oral health. Amla works well as a mouth rinse as a decoction. One to two grams per day can be taken orally in capsules for long-term benefit to the teeth and gums. Amla supports the healing and development of connective tissue when taken internally.
- Regular use of Bilberry and hawthorn berry fruits stabilize collagen and strengthens the gum tissue. Liquorice root promotes anti-cavity action, reduces plaque, and has an antibacterial effect.
- Herbs such as yellow dock root, alfalfa leaf, cinnamon bark, and turmeric root are taken internally to strengthen Astidharu that means the skeleton and the joints, have proven to be good for the long term health of teeth.
The above-mentioned pieces of information are collected from various Ayurvedic textbooks. Always seek the advice of an Ayurvedic practitioner before starting any herbs or herbal medicines for the treatment of Oral Diseases.
- Charaka Samhita.
- Sushruta Samhita.