Oral hygiene inputs from Ayurveda.

brushingOral hygiene is an important or rather essential aspect of general health. The oral cavity being an open moist area, it is prone to infection both from external and internal sources.

The innermost third of the oral cavity forms the first level of the throat. (This is a general description) the ear, nose and mouth open into it so it essentially behaves like a large pool; this makes it a convenient location for infection to breed.

Major oral problems are cavities, gum diseases, oral cancer, infections (things like Herpes,) injuries and some hereditary lesions.

The outcome of poor oral hygiene.

  • High sugar levels in the diet can lead to dental caries.
  • Smoking can lead to periodontal disease  and contribute to oral cancer
  • Systemic disorders like diabetes can aggravate caries
  • Chronic unattended caries can lead to systemic disease.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy, menstruation can cause a change in the oral flora, resulting in fungal infections.

We are very familiar with dealing with oral hygiene products like toothpaste, mouthwash, floss etc. we have also heard of clove, cinnamon as home remedies. Here is a sharing from Himalaya herbal healthcare

  1. Lavanga (Synzgium Aromaticum) commonly called clove.  What clove does it is produces an alkaloid that inhibits the growth of pathogens that can cause gum disorder. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and immunostimulant in nature.
  2. Pilu (Salvadora Persica) or the mustard tree.  Known as meswak it is a popular dentifrice.  This is an analgesic, antibacterial, antimycotic, astringent and also reduces plaque formation, making it effective in counteracting toothache, bad-breathe and preventing caries.
  3. Putiha (Mentha Piperita) or the peppermint.  The essential oil from Mentha Piperita is peppermint. This colourless oil (it is sometimes pale yellow in colour) has a distinct strong odour and is very effecting in fighting bad-breathe. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, making it a must in every dentifrice, mouth wash and breathe freshener

Personally in my clinic I had good results with HiOra-K in the case of bleeding gums. This is toothpaste. Particularly in patients who are prone for gingivitis I like to use this as prophylactic option. HiOra-K mouthwash in severe halitosis.

 

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2 responses to “Oral hygiene inputs from Ayurveda.

  1. Reblogged this on creating Health and commented:

    “Call me a nature nut. I love nature. I like to walk in nature, I use natural remedies, and I practice natural medicine as a naturopathic doctor in Los Angeles. – Willow McQuade, ND star of Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery.”
    ― Chrystle Fiedler, Death Drops

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