ORAL HYGIENE WITH AYURVEDA
Oral health is key to overall health. Ayurveda provides holistic healing due to the in depth studies on the correlation between the various parts of the body. Whether gut health, or agni, all parts must work cohesive in order to enjoy happy, healthy and fit lives. This all starts with the primary hygiene required for the mouth. This involves the teeth, tongue and oral cavity. By maintaining proper oral hygiene, it is possible to prevent an array of medical issues. It also improves gut health thereby promoting holistic wellbeing. There are a number of ayurvedic ways to keep the mouth clean, fresh and healthy.
- Chew a neem twig. Neem is an excellent antimicrobial and can be used to rid the mouth of any harmful bacteria. It also prevents the formation of cavities and reduces odor. The chewing of the branch improves gum health as well by providing necessary stimuli. Remove the bark before usage and do this every morning for best results.
- Herbal powders can be used in place of toothpaste. Rock salt, powdered cloves, can be used to remove all dirt and grime from the teeth. Oil and salt can also be used to remove any film formed on the surface and make the teeth clean and shiny.
- Oil pulling is a great remedy to a number of oral issues. It strengthens the gums, removes all toxins or ama from the tongue, cheeks and crevices between the teeth. Oil pulling involves swishing sesame oil or coconut oil in the mouth for about 15-20 minutes. Once done, the oil must be spit out. Rinse with water afterwards. This must be done every morning in order to enjoy fresh breath and toxin free mouth.
- A large part of gingivitis is due to the tongue and not the teeth. For this reason, Ayurveda has a method which provides immediate effect. Tongue scraping. Using a copper tongue scraper, scrape across the front and back of the tongue each morning to get rid of bacteria and toxins on the surface. This helps rid the smell as well as any leftover food remnants. It results in fresh breath as well.
- Ayurvedic rinse made with Triphala can help with oral hygiene as well. Boil Triphala in water until it is reduced by half. Use this to gargle to remove all traces of microbes or ama. It helps work the muscles in the mouth as well.
- Tooth pain can be easily managed with ayurvedic remedies. Clove oil, ginger and brown rock salt can be made into a mixture and directly applied on the region of pain. This provides immediate relief.
- Guava leaves can be used to relieve any sores or pain in the oral cavity. Neem leaves can be used as well. They help calm the nerves and provide a soothing effect.
When experiencing dental or oral issues, consult an ayurvedic doctor for the best solution.