According to Ayurveda medicine, the root of many diseases are as a result of imbalances in the tridoshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha. The imbalance in any of the doshas can also cause dental problems. This includes cavities, tooth pain, bad breath, yellow teeth, dry gums, swollen tongues, tooth loss, and bleeding gums.
The purpose of our gums is to support our teeth as well as protect them from bacteria. One way to protect it is through a gum massage. A gum massage using a mixture of sesame oil, olive oil and coconut oil can help to maintain good dental health. Sesame oil helps to ease gum inflammation and coconut oil helps to fight gum disease.
Oil pulling (kavala) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and has only recently gained mainstream attention. Through the act of swishing and gargling a teaspoon of oil in your mouth for 15-20 seconds morning and evening, one can combat bad breath, dry mouth, tooth decay and gum inflammation. Ayurveda believes that the process of oil pulling helps to extract harmful bacteria from the mouth. This detoxifying effect then leaves the teeth healthy and strong. It is good to use organic and unrefined sesame seed oil or organic and unrefined olive oil for this purpose. In addition to oils, one can also gargle using salt water to maintain good dental health. A salt gargle helps to prevent tooth decay by clearing the mouth of bacterial growth, plaques and cavities
Tooth Cleaning Sticks (Datum)
The process of chewing on twigs for dental health can be traced back to ancient times. The twigs themselves contain beneficial medicinal properties. Additionally, they are free of any harmful ingredients often found in commercial toothpastes. The most common twigs used are neem sticks and licorice roots. Neem sticks contain strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties as a result, they are effective in fighting off bacteria and preventing any form of tooth decay. An extract from the neem sticks helps to prevent the accumulation of bacteria in the teeth. Similar to neem sticks, dried licorice root helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease by killing off bacteria. Furthermore, licorice helps to generate more saliva and this is important for dental health as saliva contains proteins that help protect dental health.
According to Ayurveda, different parts of the tongue are linked to the various organs within the body. These include the kidneys, intestines, lungs, liver, stomach and heart. That said, maintaining the health of the tongue can help to benefit these different organs. The act of tongue scrapping (jihva nirlekhana) removes toxins coating the tongue and bad breath. Furthermore, it also stimulates the tongue’s taste buds by removing any tastelessness you may have been experiencing. Furthermore, tongue scrapping also helps stimulate the better secretion of digestive enzymes, which is imperative for healthy digestion.
Every morning before eating breakfast, gently scrape your entire tongue from the back all the way to the tip for a few strokes. Then, gently rinse the scraper and repeat the action 5 more times.