Category: Dental / Oral Health

How to Maintain Oral Hygiene in Ayurvedic Way

Abstract

Before starting the article on oral health firstly we have to understand what oral cavity is. Oral cavity refers to the mouth which is an oval shaped cavity inside the skull. Mouth is the important part for eating, drinking and speaking. Oral cavities include the lips, vestibule, gums, teeth, hard and soft palate, tongue and salivary glands. This cavity represents the first part of the digestive system. This cavity is also known as buccal cavity and it initiates the process of digestion by secreting the saliva and propulsion of the bolus into the pharynx. In Ayurveda they have explained 65 diseases of the oral cavity which includes diseases of mukha (mouth), diseases of austha (lips), diseases of danta (teeth), diseases of jihva (tongue) etc. But in this article we will only discuss how to maintain oral health by Ayurveda.

Introduction

We have to maintain good hygiene to live a healthy life. For that we have to take care or our oral hygiene or health. Oral health means health of gums, teeth, lips and tongue. Any defect or any disease which affects our oral cavity makes a person uncomfortable to talk or to smile or even eat. Also if there is any problem in the oral cavity then it becomes difficult for a person to take any kind of food articles. So it is most important to take care of your oral cavity because this is the first part of our digestive system.

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Maintenance of Oral Cavity or Maintenance of Oral Hygiene

Ayurveda has a solution for every problem. This is the vast ancient science which has been treating patients for 5000 years for maintaining oral health or treating oral cavity related conditions, then we have to follow following regimens

1. Brushing of Teeth (Dant Dhawan)1

One should brush their teeth two times a day i.e. in the morning or at night before going to sleep. Brushing should be done with twigs of Arka (Calotropis procera), khadira (Senegalia catechu), karanja (Millettia pinnata) and arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). The breadth of the twig is about our little finger and length is about 12 angula (12 fingers). The taste selection for the brushing of teeth is tikta (bitter), katu (pungent), kashaya (astringent). In absence of twigs we should use Triphala powder, trikatu and trijataka. It clears all the toxins from the mouth because the mouth is the main source of infection.

Brushing of Teeth

Technique  of  Brushing Teeth

Brushing of teeth in the vertical direction from bottom to top.

Benefits  of  Brushing  of  Teeth

Brushing brings freshness, takes away the bad odour from the mouth and removes coating on teeth. Brushing also removes the remaining food pieces from teeth.

Technique of brushing teeth

Contraindications2

Don’t brush when you are suffering from fever, indigestion, vomiting, dyspnea, cough, thirst, eyes problems etc.

2. Tongue cleaning (jihva nirlekhan)3

After brushing our teeth, we should take care of our tongue too. Tongue cleaning should be done with a soft and smooth instrument which is made of svarna (gold), rajat (silver) and loha (iron). The length must be 10 angula.

Brushing of teeth

Benefits of Tongue Cleaning

Tongue cleaning removes bad taste, bad odour, stiffness of the tongue and gives good taste to the tongue

3. Gandush (gundusha)4

Gandusha means mouth is completely filled with dravya and kept for about 5 minutes without any movement inside mouth.

Benefits of Gandusha

Benefits of Gandusha

Practice of Gandusha enhances resonance of voice, gives strength to the mandible, nourishment of face, gives good taste and increases appetite. It prevents dryness of mouth, throat, prevents cracking of lips, prevents decaying of teeth and makes the teeth strong.

4. Kavala (Mouth Wash)

kavala means medicated liquid which easily moves in the mouth. Method and benefits are the same as Gandusha, but the only difference is that in kavala the amount of liquid is less.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene in Ayurvedic Way

If oral cavity health is affected then it also affects our digestive system. So to enhance or to take care of oral hygiene Planet Ayurveda provides an effective oral thrush care pack for maintaining oral hygiene. Planet Ayurveda is a leading manufacturing company which manufactures various herbal products. These products are made from the standardized extracts of potential herbs. The products offered by Planet Ayurveda are totally herbal and have no side-effects.

Oral Thrush Care Pack

Prevention of Teeth

This Pack Includes

  1. Arjun saar
  2. Gum care powder
  3. Gandhak rasayan
  4. Acido plan syrup
  5. Manjishtha capsules

1. Arjun Saar

This is an Ayurvedic formulation. This is made from the standardized extracts of Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) and amla (Emblica officinalis). It provides freshness to the mouth and takes away the bad odour.

Dosage: 2 teaspoonful with equal amount of water two time a day

2. Gum Care Powder

This is a herbal formulation. The ingredients in this formulation such as Sunthi(Zingiber officinale),haritaki (Terminalia chebula),is helpful in cleansing oral cavity and provides good taste to the mouth and also reduces the inflammation of the gums.

How to use: use this powder over gums twice a day.

3. Gandhak Rasayan

These tablets are prepared from pure Gandhak (purified sulphur) with proven anti-inflammatory properties and anti-bacterial properties. It removes the toxins from the mouth and gives freshness to the mouth.

Dosage: 2 tablet twice a day after meal

4. Acido Plan Syrup

This herbal syrup is effective in digestive problems. It contains herbs like

  • Patola (Trichosanthes dioica)
  • Ghritkumari(Aloe barbadensis)
  • Saunf(Foeniculum vulgare)etc.

They are beneficial in improving digestion

Dosage: 2 teaspoonful twice a day after meals

5. Manjishtha Capsules

This is a single herbal Ayurvedic formulation. It purifies blood naturally. It treats all skin ailments and allergies. It is made from the standardized extracts of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). It maintains the skin lusture

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals

Conclusion

We concluded that oral health is very important for our health as it is the first part of the digestive system. By following the Ayurvedic regimen and taking these herbal products of Planet Ayurveda we can take care of our oral hygiene

References

  1. Ashtanga Hridaya sutrasthana 2/2-3
  2. Ashtanga Hridaya sutra sthana 2/4
  3. Sushruta chikitsa sthana 24/13-14
  4. Charaka sutra sthana 5/78-80

Why Oil Pulling Is Best Way To Detoxify Your Body?

Oil pulling is a detoxification technique used for maintaining or regaining oral health specifically in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Oil pulling is also known as kavala in Ayurveda.

Oil pulling or kaval is in Ayurveda since 5000 years and has been stated about in various Ayurvedic literature like Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, ashtanga hradyam, bhavaprakasha and more.

ARE THERE ANY EVIDENCE OF OIL PULLING IN AYURVEDA?

It is stated in Charaka Samhita that keeping of oil in mouth strengthen jaw and voice. It helps in the development of the face and adds taste and relish in the food. Ayurveda says the person practicing this do not suffers from dryness of throat, lip cracks, and protects teeth from caries and strengthen them. So that they become able to chew the hardest items.

HOW IS AYURVEDIC TREATMENT DIFFERENT FROM CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

As per Ayurveda, every individual is different from the other. So their diseased condition is also different whether it be the same disease. Even two people suffering from same disease condition can be in need of different treatment or different medicine. The treatment for one can be poison for the other.

Ayurvedic treatment is individualistic and holistic. So when treatment is done it is completely specific to that person treating the person as a whole.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING OIL PULLING OR KAVALA?

Kavala or oil pulling is the swishing of oil in the mouth. Oil should be warm, not hot. Swishing is done until tears develop in eyes and the nose runs. Here the liquefication of kapha is happening. According to Ayurveda kapha is a dosha. Amount of time will differ for this in every individual. There are definitive signs and symptoms are given in Ayurveda for proper treatment, under treatment, and overtreatment. Tears and running nose during oil pulling is the exact signs of proper treatment.

FOR WHAT OIL PULLING IS USED IN AYURVEDA?

In Ayurveda, Oil Pulling or Kavala is used for the expulsion of doshas known as shodana. Proper measures must be taken in order to then expel them. There are different oils that can be used but in general sesame oil is used.

WHAT TYPE OF SUBSTANCE TO BE USED FOR OIL PULLING?

According to Ayurveda substance that is bitter, acidic, sour and salty should be used.

CAN COCONUT OIL BE USED?

Coconut oil is sweet, heavy and cold which is opposite to the qualities stated in Ayurveda, i.e. bitter, acidic, sour and salty. So the results will not be same and can be opposite. Detoxification is done with a type of substance that is anabolic (constructive metabolism) in nature.

WHAT ARE THE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS TO BE FOLLOWED?

As per Ayurveda a person following the oil pulling should avoid taking heavy diet and should take light diet, i.e. laghu ahaar because heavy diet can cause a disturbance in digestion and it will be a contradiction to treatment.

WHY SESAME OIL SHOULD BE USED FOR OIL PULLING?

According to Ayurveda sesame oil has the quality called sukshma. It is heating whereas coconut oil is cold in potency.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF OIL PULLING?

Oil pulling or kavala can be done in different types depending on the need of an individual. Types are listed below:

  1. Unctuous (Snigda)
  2. Pacifying (shaman)
  3. Purifying (shodana)
  4. Healing (ropana)

As Ayurveda believe the disease is due to doshas and these oil pulling are based on either palliating it, pacifying it, purifying or detoxing it or healing it.

 Benefit Of OIl Pulling

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KAVAL AND GANDUSH?

Both are the type of mouth gargling. The only difference is that in gandush mouth is completely filled with oil and is not swished only held in the mouth for a particular time while in kavala oil is put into the mouth and then swished around for a specific time and then spit out.

WHAT ARE THE CONTRADICTION FOR OIL PULLING?

Oil pulling can cause a disease condition if used by a person in the following condition:

  • Poisoning
  • Fainting
  • Alcoholic
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Inflammation of eyes
  • Low clotting factor
  • Constipation

HOW TO KNOW IF TREATMENT IS ON RIGHT PATH?

If the treatment is on the correct line person will observe contentment, non-sliminess, lightness of mouth and clarity of senses.

And if the treatment is going on wrong path person will feel anorexia, loss of taste, dryness of mouth, thirst, and lassitude.

PLANET AYURVEDA OFFERING PRODUCT FOR OIL PULLING

Nirgundi Oil

Latin Name- Vitex Negundo

We at Planet Ayurveda offering a Nirgundi oil for oil pulling. It is obtained from leaves which are volatile and fragrant. It is usually prepared with sesame seed oil. It is an anthelmintic and anti-toxin. It is rich in vitamin c which makes it one of the best anti-inflammatory herb. It has pungent, bitter and astringent taste and hot potency, just as stated in the authentic Ayurvedic literature. It has anti-pyretic and anti-arthritic properties so that it helps to treat malaria, typhoid, worms, adenitis, and dermatose. It balances kapha and vata.

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF NIRGUNDI OIL AVAILABLE AT PLANET AYURVEDA?

For best results, Nirgundi oil is processed with herbs like manjishta, Haridra and Kalihari.

Ingredients

Sr. No. Herb Name Latin Name Qty.
1 Tila Oil Sesamum indicum 10ml.
Processed with Extracts of Following Herbs:-
2 Manjistha Rubia cordifolia 0.62g
3 Haridra Curcuma longa 156.36mg
4 Nirgundi Vitex negundo 10.0g
5 Kalihari Gloriosa superba 2.5g

IN WHAT DOSAGE SHOULD IT BE USED?

Beginners should start with one teaspoonful and then gradually increase to one tablespoonful.

DURATION

Start with 3-5 minutes and then gradually increase to 15-20 minutes.