The oral cavity as the “diagnostic center” of the body
Ayurveda pays special attention to the oral cavity. Not only as a care for healthy teeth and gums, but also as a “diagnostic center” of the body. According to the tongue – size, thickness, dryness, humidity, color, teeth print on its sides, polyps, furrowed surface, etc., the qualified Ayurvedic specialis reads as a map not only the Dosha of the patient but also the energy imbalances in his body, respectively the health problems that occurred in the various organs and systems of the organism.
Dental diseases indicate an imbalance in Vata Dosa, and Kapha Dosha is generally responsible for the oral cavity. Inflammation in most cases is related to impaired Pitta Dosha. All of this is accompanied by a number of manifestations in the oral cavity by which Ayurveda finds the disturbed balance in the organism that needs to be restored, so the optimal parameters can be returned to the normal range and the causes of the diseases can be eliminated.
This important role of the oral cavity for Ayurveda explains its extensive research, the study of the diseases, the causes and the effective treatment of this area of the body, from ancient times. For thousands of years, Ayurveda has a sophisticated system of remedies and methods of treatment for mouth problems – from bad breath to diseases of teeth and gums: caries, abscesses, self-waste away, pulpits, fistulas, gingivitis, calculus, etc.
Its curative remedies include both urgent analgesics and medications that are for longer-lasting application and have effect on the healing of teeth and gums. At the same time – this is the principle that is applied by Ayurveda with regard to all diseases, as it is focused on the avoidance of diseases by maintaining hygiene, and Ayurveda has a whole system for it. And in fact, hygiene is the best answer to the question How to improve our dental health with the help of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda and hygiene of the oral cavity
Everyone is aware that mouth hygiene is associated with regular cleaning of teeth, gums, tongue. The question is how and with what to do the cleaning so it can be as effective as possible. The recipes of Ayurveda, described in ancient texts, have been applied for millennia; they have undergone a very long test of time. There is nothing synthetic in them, no side effects, they do not kill the natural and useful mycloflora in the human body, and can be used by both adults and children.
Of course, Ayurvedic toothpastes match this principle – they are made from selected plant extracts, natural minerals, combined with essential oils based on plant glycerin. Calcium, finely ground for abrasive is also used.
The action of these pastes is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and to a great extent they give answer to the question How to improve our dental health with the help of Ayurveda? The NIM toothpaste is popular, in which the leaf extract of the plant is combined with other herbs. If a person uses it, it reliably protects him from dental problems.
However, if his hygiene was not good and he has developed diseases in the oral cavity, he may use this paste to eliminate the problems. The NIM toothpaste stops bleeding from gums, and in case of a periodontal disease it reduces the weakness of the teeth, strengthens enamel and removes dental plaque.
The paste also helps to stop gum infections, strengthens the damaged soft tissues and the roots of the teeth. Branches of nim are used for toothbrushes that massage the gums and clean the teeth.
Another Ayurvedic toothpaste is BASIL – a basil extract which, with its antibacterial action, is a good disinfection, also strengthens the dental roots, strengthens the wounds in the mouth.
CLOVE is designed for sensitive teeth, it has analgesic effect and is useful for caries, periodontitis, stomatitis. Included carnation oil counteracts caries, acts antiseptically and anti-inflammatory, refreshes breath. The toothpaste, called Red, polishes the teeth, strengthens the enamel, prevents the calculus, prevents the inflammation in the oral cavity. There are a number of other options, and Ayurveda recommends the regular change of toothpastes.
It is especially important for Ayurveda to clean the tongue that is porous and “gathers” millions of microbes, mucus, and food. This is a favorable environment for the development of a variety of micro-organisms that can cause inflammation. It is therefore necessary, according to Ayurveda, to clean the tongue after each meal using a special cleansing tool made from copper, gold or silver. These materials are suitable because they are easily sterilized and have an antibacterial effect. The cleaning is done in a certain way.
Initially, a gurgle is made with water, then with oil, the purpose being moisturizing, lubricating and decontaminating the mouth. Oil gurgle has a strong cleansing effect – no germs surviving in oil. It can be olive oil, sunflower oil, cold-pressed from sesame. The method is very effective against wounds in the mouth, as well as apthas.
Which are the most common dental problems and causes for them?
In order to talk about dental health, it is necessary to outline which are the most common diseases in the oral cavity and what causes them. The most common are caries, periodontitis, stomatitis. In caries the tooth corrodes, a cavity is formed, and if measures are not taken, the corrosion continues in depth and can result in the removal of the tooth. This disease is caused by bacteria.
There are many micro-organisms in the mouth that can exceed one million within 2-3 hours after the teeth have been thoroughly washed. The bacteria attach to the teeth and destroy the enamel, then the damage of the tissue continues in depth. The process can last for years, there are several stages – primary enamel damage, superficial, medium and deep caries. As the disease develops, pain occurs as a result of the consumption of hot or cold beverages, as well as sweets.
With the development of paradontitis, there is bleeding during teeth brushing, swelling and redness of the gums, pain during chewing gum or upon touching of the tooth, poor taste and mouth breath, loss of support bone around the tooth, displacement and denudation of teeth, suppuration in gums. This is inflammation of the tissues around the tooth that keep it stable – gums, bone around the tooth, connective tissue. The cause is the calculus and plaque that accumulate between the surface of the tooth and the gumline.
The plaque is from food residues that has mineralized and hardened over time. It has microorganisms that release toxins and cause inflammation. With time, the damage of the tissues begins. Practically, the gum moves away from the tooth and opens niches for new bacteria, resulting in further complications.
Stomatitis is an inflammation in the oral cavity caused by various infections. Most often it is caused by injuries, but it can also be caused by allergic reactions to food, say, or lack of vitamins and minerals, especially of vitamin B. Symptoms of stomatitis vary according to the cause
In aphtose stomatitis, wounds appear on the gums, the cheeks, the tongue and the inside of the lips. Ulcers may be single, may be grouped into a specific part of the oral cavity. Herpes is an infection that generally affects young children, where the temperature rises, weakness occurs, the lymph nodes become swollen, rashes appear inside the mouth.
Ayurvedic treatment of dental problems
Ayurveda has numerous remedies and ways to cure various dental problems. All can not be listed here but, in principle, some of the basic and traditional healing remedies of Ayurveda can be mentioned.
Often the cause of dental diseases is the lack of zinc, magnesium and calcium. In this case, it is very efficient to use Chyavanprash. This preparation, known since ancient times, is a jam with 49 natural ingredients – powdered fruits, herbs, powdered sea shells.
Chyavanprash recovers the tooth enamel and strengthens the gums. Applied to gingivitis, periodontal disease, stomatitis for up to 3 months. The dose for adults is one tablespoon up to 3 times a day, and for the children – one third of the spoon taken in the morning. However, this preparation has contraindications, so its intake, as well as any medication, should consult the physician.
In thin enamel and calcium deficiency it is useful to chew sesame, and when it gets homogenous, it will “rub” the teeth and gums. A fine tooth cleaning is achieved, the gums are stimulated. It is also beneficial to apply a massage with sesame oil, but if there is an imbalance of Pitta, it should be replaced with coconut oil.
In the case of oral infections, tea tree oil is useful. With a few drops on the brush the teeth and tongue should be washed gently. In inflamed gums, use a few drops of oil in warm water to rinse. The aroma of the oil helps against bad breath. In mouth inflammation, the triphala powder is also effective, which is mixed with ghee to obtain a homogenous mixture. The gums and teeth are rubbed with it, then leave it to act for twenty minutes. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and at the same time delivers important vitamins and minerals to the gums and teeth.
Against the inflammation, Ayurveda has many preparations that contain ashwagandha, turmeric, guggul, margosa, etc. Mahayogaradzh Guggul and also Yogaradzh Guggul have a strong healing effect in caries. Twice a day take two tablets about half an hour after a meal, the course lasts two or three months.
Guggul and turmeric are useful for compresses and weak gums, they have an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect. Make a homogenous mixture of these, add a few drops of tea tree oil and apply over strips of natural fabric. Attach these on the gums and leave for about half an hours, then rinse with warm water. You can also use Aloe Vera juice of leaves for the compresses.