Teeth are the hard structure that are attached to the mucous membrane inside the mouth and are planted in the jaw structure of a human being. Teeth are very important in the process of digesting the food we eat as they chew the foods and hence helps in digestion. Teeth and gums are a sensitive area and hence proper care should be taken to protect them. Our teeth enhance our beauty too.
According to Ayurveda, dental disorders are due to kapha dosha. Ayurveda treatment helps us to maintain strong roots and naturally shiny teeth. Ayurveda believes in treating teeth disorders by balancing tri-dosha of a human body. It recommends a wide range of herbs such as neem, lemon, aloe-vera, banyan, tulasi, babul, cloves etc. for dental problems. Along with these, there should also be slight dietary changes to maintain strong and healthy teeth such as avoiding soft drinks, sugar, refrigerated water etc. and instead eat lot of green and raw vegetables, citric fruits etc. You can check here for palak and methi recipes
Dental disorders include, bad breath, yellowing of teeth, tooth decay, infections and injuries, gum bleeding, tooth bleeding, swollen gums etc.
Here are few natural and effective home remedies to cure common dental disorders using various herbs available to us easily:
- Get fresh areca nuts and cut them into small pieces. Put these nuts into a mud pot and close it tightly with its lid. Now apply sticky paste of mud on the entire pot and let it dry under sun. Once the pot is dried completely, dig the earth deeply and place cow dung cakes inside the space. Keep the pot and remaining cow dung cakes all around the pot and on the top also. Burn this now. When completely burnt, allow it to cool and remove the lid of the pot. You can see that the small pieces of areca nuts are burnt completely and become like charcoals. Take them out and pound/ground adding saindhava lavana (Himalayan pink salt/induppu) to get fine powder (choorna). Store this in a glass bottle.
Usage: Daily morning and at night or even after eating in between, take little of this powder and apply on gums. Massage gums and teeth slowly. After applying the powder on gums, do not wash mouth for at least 15 minutes. After 15minutes, gargle your mouth with warm water.
This choorna can be used by as a tooth powder. Brushing the teeth with this choorna keeps our gums and teeth strong and healthy.
- Use lemon juice more often along with food daily. Also, add lemon juice and pataka choorna in water and gargle daily 3-4times. This gives you the best result in gum bleeding.
- For swollen gums and tooth ache, apply the latex of banyan tree on the gums for every 2 hours to get relief from the pain.
- Chew Aloe Vera leaf or massage its gel it on gums with index finger gently. Doing this regularly will cure bleeding gums and toothache.
- Make small tablets (small balls) by crushing 4-6 tulasi leaves with 1-2 grain* camphor and apply on gums and hold it for some time. Tooth pain will reduce.
- Get few barks of jaali mara (Babul tree) and make small pieces of it. Mix accordingly saindhava, spataka, and camphor as required. Store it in an air tight container. This is dhanta dhavana c Use this choorna to massage teeth and gums every day in the morning and at night. Massage slowly for about 5-10 minutes and then wash mouth with cold water neatly.
Effect: Tooth and Gums become strong. Within few days, gum bleeding will stop.
- Mix together babul tree barks and neem barks and pound/ground to get choorna (powder). Use this to powder and massage teeth and gums for about 5 minutes to get relief from tooth bleeding and foul smell/bad breath.
- Cleaning the teeth with aerial roots of the banyan tree is beneficial in preventing teeth and gum disorders. The astringent secretion from the root-stick cleanses and strengthens the teeth and gums.
- Chewing tender aerial roots of banyan tree and using it like a brush morning and at night makes the gums strong. Chew the roots and hold it in mouth for some time and then rinse well with lukewarm water.
- Boil 2cups of water adding few bark of banyan tree and cool this. Use this kashaya/decoction for gargling. Repeat this several times and this helps relieve bad breath and oral ulcers.
For tooth ache or pus formation on gums and for bad odor in mouth:
An infection in the teeth forms a pus-filled swelling. This can be a result of tooth decay. An infection within teeth can happen when foods you eat deeply penetrate inside the tooth when your enamel is weak and breached due to dental decay. Another reason can be dead cells and tissues that are not cleaned out of your body.
- Decoction (Kashaya): Take in equal proportion, peepal root bark and neem barks. Add 8times of water to this and bring to boil. When it reduces to half the quantity, remove from fire.
Consume this kashaya daily morning after breakfast and before going to bed. Later, gargle with plain water. This helps in fighting tooth ache, pus formation on gums and bad odor in the mouth.
- Mix datura seeds* (white thorn apple/also refereed as kanaka or unmatta) with tobacco and put it in a chillum. Smoke it. Tooth ache caused due to germs will be temporarily cured.
- Boil bilva fruit pulp (wood apple/bael)) in little water. Add spataka choorna and mix well. When warm, gargle the mouth with this for 4-5times a day.
- Chew 1 or 2 clove/lavanga slowly so that the juice penetrates into the affected area. Cloves have healing properties which helps to soothe the inflamed nerves. This gives you relief from tooth pain and gum swelling.
- Mix little rock salt and pinch lime. Make a paste and use this to clean your teeth and gums. Also at night before going to sleep, rub your teeth gently with few orange peels. These remedies stop yellowing of teeth and give you white and shiny teeth.
Natural Tooth powders for strong teeth:
- Fry belavala kayi seeds (unripe wood apple seeds/bilva seeds) till black. Pound/ground this along with equal quantity of saindhava lavana and camphor. Store this in a jar.
Daily morning and at night, apply this choorna on your teeth and gums. Slowly massage and leave it 10-15minutes and then wash it off with water. If used daily, gums become strong and there will be no teeth/gum problems.
- Instead of using jaali barks and neem barks choorna, burn the pieces of these barks completely like charcoal and pound it to get choorna. To this mix saindhava, spataka and camphor. Mix well and store this. Use this as a tooth powder to clean your teeth and gums.
For swelling gums and carries (soft decayed area in a tooth);
- Get few Neem barks and dry them under shade and pound along with saindhava to get fine choorna. Store this. Use it daily morning and at night to brush/ massage your teeth and gums.
Few tips to follow for a healthy teeth and gums:
- Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush daily twice. Massage gums softly with clove oil.
- Ayurveda recommends using Neem twig as tooth brush.
- Include onions in your diet as they are effective in killing germs.
- Also include citric fruits in your diet.
- Consume milk, yogurt, raw vegetables etc.
- Avoid consuming in excess sweets, carbonated drinks etc.
- Avoid excess spicy, very hot, very cold or crunchy foods.
- Grain: it is one of the oldest measurement unit which is equal to 0.065grams.
- Datura Seeds: Datura seeds are known as white thorn apple and also referred as kanaka or unmatta. Datura is an extremely toxic plant, but it is purified before using it in Ayurveda medicines for treatments like fever, insanity, painful swelling, neuralgia etc.
Ayurveda uses Datura plants seeds, roots and dried whole plant for medicinal properties. It is classified as an Upa Visha varga/secondary toxic drug with toxic effect on body. As per Ayurveda, in small doses, visha/poison acts as an effective medicine to cure certain diseases. So Datura is used in preparing medicine only after proper purification.
- Saindhava lavana: Himalayan pink salt/also known as rock salt. It is considered the best among all salt and is advised for daily use as per Ayurveda. Different names of saindhava lavana is; sendha namak, induppu, saindhava uppu, shende lon, sendha lon etc.
- Lemon: a medicinal rich fruit in Ayurveda with sour, light and dry qualities. Also known as nimbaka, nimbe, cherunarakam, pahari nimbu etc. It is used as a food and medicine all over the world. Lemon treats digestion related problems, improves tastes, freshens mouth, encourages saliva secretion in the mouth and acts as a cleansing agent. Lemons promote fluid secretion in lungs and blood plasma. As lemon is sour in taste it will have a tingling sensation in tongue. Lemon relieves thirst and most preferred drink to quench thirst.
- Neem: one of the bitter herbs in Ayurveda which are used extensively in medicines. Neem is also known as margosa, the herb cools body because it has sheeta guna/quality. Neem is effective in relieving cough, fever, tiredness, improves digesting, heals wounds quickly, relieves from vomiting and nausea, useful in skin diseases and also helpful for diabetics.
- Aloe Vera: known as kumari or ghrita kumara in Ayurveda is widely used herb used in the treatment of skin disorders, constipation, bleeding disorders, wound healing etc. Aloe vera contains transparent gel which in 96% water and the rest 4% contains vitamin A, B, C, E, calcium, and amino acids. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties which soothes many skin ailments and increases blood flow to the wounded area and helps in healing.
- Tulasi: is a holy plant considered as mother of medicine and queen of herbs. In India, tulasi is worshiped as goddess and every part of the herb is considered sacred and used in medicine as well. The plant can be found in every Hindu home across the country. Tulasi is used in the treatment of fever, cold, cough, headache etc. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
- Jaali mara: known as babul tree is an Ayurveda herb used to treat skin disorders, bleeding disorders, mouth ulcer, draining gums etc. Babul tree is a medicinal tree found in dry and sandy parts of India. Babul tree parts used in medicine are its stem, gums, seeds, barks and fruits. They all have antibacterial, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, astringent and haemostatic properties. Babul is a good source of vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
- Camphor: called as karpooram/kapur is a white shiny firm crystal which is a rare herb with coolant properties. Camphor used for medicine and one used for pooja is slightly different from one another. Camphor is extracted from plants leaves and bark. It has a unique position in Hindu culture during festivals and traditional pooja. There are many varieties of camphor available and the one called as Bhimseni is used in pooja as well as Ayurveda medicine.
- Peepal: known as ashwatha, Bodhi, sacred fig etc., is an Ayurveda tree used in the treatment of cold, cough, skin disorders, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and sexual potency. Peepal tree’s parts used in medicine are its bark, tender leaf, fruit and its latex.
- Bilva: called as bael, is an important Ayurveda herb which is a good immune booster. Bilva herbs root, skin, fruit and leaves are used in medicine as they all are rich in medicinal properties. Bael is used in the form of powder, oils and juices to improve immunity. The herb is helpful in respiratory problems, asthma, cold, diabetes, controls cholesterol, prevents heart diseases, purifies blood, and helps in digestion and bowel movements.
The information & Remedies provided on the website is for informational purpose only and has to be approved by your doctor before proceeding for self-medication. Any remedies and its benefits and uses given are believed to be accurate, however, should not be relied on in any way in making a decision whether to treat any common ailments you or your family members may suffer without consulting a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or Doctor.
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