Teeth Cleaning

by Ayurveda Therapist on July 9, 2011

Cleaning the Teeth

Traditional Method: According to traditional Ayurvedic methods, it was recommended to clean the teeth with twigs of banyan (ficus religiosa), karanja (pongamia pinnata) or khadira (acacia catechu), which are astringent, pungent or bitter in taste.
• Pungent – stimulates internal organs.
• Bitter- anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
• Astringent- heals ulcers, bleeding.
• Teeth should be cleansed without hurting the gums.
• Start first from the lower jaw then continue to the upper jaw (marma points in lower jaw first).
The traditional Indian toothbrush is a neem stick. Licorice root sticks may be used for Pitta, roasted almond shell powder can be used for Vata and Kapha. Even in modern-day India you can still see twigs being used for teeth cleaning.

Contraindications For Cleaning Teeth with Twigs
• Persons suffering from indigestion (loss of appetite, diarrhea, ama on the tongue)
• Dyspnea (difficulty in breathing)
• Fever
• Facial paralysis
• Ulcers in the mouth
• Eye, nasal, heart diseases
For those with contraindication:
Avoiding the toothbrush does not mean persons should not clean their teeth at all. They should make use of soft tooth or twig powders instead.

Present Day Recommendations for Teeth Care:

Always prefer a soft toothbrush and astringent, bitter, or pungent toothpastes or powders. Start at the bottom row, then continue to the top, be gentle and avoid injury to the gums. All three prakrutis can use triphala powder.

Examples:
Toothpaste – Vicco vajradanti or KP Nabuduri (toothpaste from Kerala red in color, spicy in taste)
Tooth powder – Triphala powder or choornam

Ayurveda and Tooth Care:
Help your teeth be strong and stay strong with Ayurvedic spices and ayurvedic remedies.

1. Turmeric -
Turmeric can help solve dental problems. Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric with mustard oil to make a paste. Next, use your finger to apply the solution to the infected tooth. This treatment can help treat gum problems as well as tooth decay and toothaches. It is a truly remarkable remedy for simple dental problems. Turmeric can also be used as a powder to help heal toothaches and pains.

2. Neem -
Neem is a popular traditional tooth cleaner. It is very effective in destroying cavity-causing bacteria, preventing tartar and plaque buildup, and whitening the teeth. In a German research study, 70 patients suffering from pyorrhea showed significant improvement after just 5 to 10 treatments with neem-based products. Bleeding gums had healed and the secretion from pockets around the teeth had ceased. The bluish-colored gums regained their healthy pale pink color. The bark from the tree can be used as toothbrushes, oils can be used as facial washes, and the sap has antiseptic properties that can help kill microorganisms that may cause bacterial infection on the teeth thus enhancing mouth immunity. Neem can be a painless way to avoid severe dental problems.

3. Clove –
Clove and clove oil is a highly effective therapy for toothaches and gum disorders. In dentistry it has been used as a pain reliever. It is used to relieve sore throats and freshen breath. Due to its antibacterial properties, it is helpful in reducing the risk for mouth infections. When applied to an infected tooth oil from the clove can also ease the pain of toothache. Mix clove oil with zinc oxide and it works as a paste.

4. Vitamin C -
Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps to strengthen the teeth to the point where they are greater able to ward off bacteria and infections.

5. Ginger –
Ginger is an excellent astringent wash for the teeth. For tooth pain try putting a piece of ginger directly on the aching tooth.

Ayurveda for Teeth Diseases:
1. Halitosis
2. Teeth discoloration
3. Tooth decay
4. Loose teeth
5. Gum bleeding (Gingivitis)
6. Aching teeth

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