Ayurvedic Treatment for Teeth Cavities

Ayurvedic Treatment for Teeth Cavities

Healthy and beautiful teeth are part of aesthetic beauty and engineering. Unfortunately, this beauty and health are hampered by the tooth-decaying bacteria accumulated due to our lifestyle habits.

The sugars present in the mouth produce acids as a result of microbial attacks.

These acids erode the teeth causing tooth decay. So let’s try some ayurvedic hacks to prevent and manage tooth decay.

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    What are Dental Cavities

    Dental Cavities are holes in the teeth produced due to the erosion of tooth enamel by acid created by oral bacteria accumulated due to unhealthy hygiene and eating habits. So let’s try to remove that debris with some natural hacks for healthy living and a beautiful smile.

    Causes of Teeth Cavities

    The leading cause of toothache is tooth decay, resulting from the decomposition of food particles on them. It is a breakdown or destruction of the tooth structure by demineralization.

    Steps of tooth decay include:

    Plaque formation

    Dental plaque is a transparent sticky film that coats the enamel of your teeth. It occurs due to consuming a lot of sugars and starches and not properly cleaning your teeth, so the bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and forming plaque. Plaque further hardens and forms tartar.

    Plaque attacks 

    The acids in plaque can remove minerals in your tooth’s hard outer enamel, and this causes tiny holes in the enamel, which is the first stage of cavities. Once areas of enamel are cleared, the bacteria and acid reach dentin which is softer and less resistant to acid. In addition, dentin has tiny tubes that can directly communicate with the nerves causing teeth sensitivity.

    Decay continues

     As tooth decay progresses, the bacteria and acid continue attacking your teeth, moving 

    to the inner pulp that contains nerves and blood vessels. As a result, the pulp becomes swollen and irritated, and the nerve becomes pressed, causing pain. 

    Symptoms of Teeth Cavities

    • Toothache, which is spontaneous pain or occurs without any cause.
    • Teeth sensitivity.
    • Mild to sharp pain while eating or drinking something sweet, hot, or cold.
    • Visible holes or cavities in your teeth.
    • Brown, black or white staining on the tooth surface
    • Pain when you bite down.

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Teeth Cavities

     Ayurveda deals with these problems under the particular branch of Shalakya Tantra, where issues such as deformities of the oral cavity, plaques, caries, and infections are effectively managed. It can also treat various infectious and chronic conditions. Ayurveda mentions particular oral care practices to take care of your beautiful teeth. These include Oil pulling, chewing medicinal twigs, gargling with medicinal decoctions, etc.

    Chewing medicinal twigs

    Ayurvedic Treatments in Kerala recommend chewing sticks in the morning and after every meal to prevent diseases. Ayurveda insists on using herbal brushes approximately 9 inches long and the thickness of one’s little finger. These herb sticks should be either ‘kashaya’ (astringent), ‘katu (acrid), or ‘tikta’ (bitter) in taste. The method of use is to crush one end and chew it.

    It can be replaced with regular toothbrushing as it is very beneficial in preventing tooth problems.

    Chewing sticks should be obtained from fresh stems of specific plants is recommended. For example, the neem (margosa or the Azadirachta indica) is a famous herbal chewing stick. 

    Based on the individual’s constitution and dominant dosha, it is stated that people with Vata dosha dominance are likely to develop receding gums and are recommended to use chewing sticks with bitter-sweet or astringent tastes, such as yashtimadhu and khadira. 

    On the other hand, Pitta dosha dominant individuals are advised to use chewing sticks with a bitter taste, such as the twigs from the neem and the arjuna tree. 

    In southern India, mango leaf is widely used for cleaning teeth. First, a fresh mango leaf is washed, and the midrib is removed. 

    The leaf is then folded lengthwise with glossy surfaces facing each other. Finally, it is rolled into a cylindrical pack. 

    One end of this pack is bitten off 2-3mm to create a raw feeling rubbed on the teeth – the pack is held between the thumb and the index finger. In the end, the midrib, which was first removed, is used as a tongue cleaner. Mangiferin, a compound in mango leaves, had significant antibacterial properties against certain strains of pneumococci, streptococci, staphylococci, and lactobacillus acidophilus.

    Oil-pulling or herbal mouth rinse

    Oil pulling is a procedure in which medicated Oil is swished in the mouth for both oral and systemic health benefits. Oil pulling has been used extensively to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dry throat, and cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums, and the jaw.

    Oil-pulling therapy can be done using oils like mustard oil, sesame oil, or arimedadi tail. This is also used as a part of boosting immunity.

    As brushing is contra-indicated in cases of mouth ulcer, fever, indigestion, those who tend to vomit, asthma, cough, and thirst, oil pulling can clean the oral cavity in all these cases. 

    Gandusha and Kavala

    Gandusha and Kavala Graha are two primary oral cleansing techniques, specialized therapy to treat and prevent oral diseases.

    Gandusha involves filling the mouth with fluid so that gargling is impossible.

    In Gandush, the oral cavity is filled with liquid medicine, held for about 3-5 minutes, and then released. In Kavala Graha, a comfortable amount of fluid is retained with the mouth closed for about 3 minutes and then gargled.

    It is a simple rejuvenating treatment, which, when done routinely, stimulates the senses, enhances clarity, brings freshness, and invigorates the mind.

    These oral cleansing techniques can also benefit lousy breath, dry face, dull senses, exhaustion, anorexia, loss of taste, impaired vision, sore throat, and all Kapha-related imbalances.

    Oral Tissue Regeneration

    Amla is a rejuvenating herb that can be used to rinse the mouth with its decoction. Take one to two grams of amla powder orally or as capsules for long-term benefit to the teeth and gums. It promotes the healing and development of connective tissue and 

    also supports gums. 

    Bilberry fruit and hawthorn berries stabilize collagen, strengthening the gum tissue. In addition, licorice root induces anti-cavity action, reduces plaque, and has an antibacterial effect. 

    In Ayurveda, teeth are considered a part of Asthi Dhatu (bone tissue), so their sockets are like joints. Therefore, herbs taken internally to strengthen Asthi dhatu, i.e., the skeleton and the joints, are suitable for the long-term health of the teeth. 

    Tips to prevent teeth cavities

    1. Maintain proper oral hygiene
    2. Reduce sugar intake
    3. Brush your teeth properly
    4. Oil pulling with arimedadi taila, sesame oil, or mustard Oil
    5. Herbal mouth rinse with a decoction of Triphala or yastimadhu
    6. Salt water rinse
    7.  Cleaning teeth with garlic, rock salt, guava, and mango leaves
    8. Chewing lemon 
    9. Massaging teeth and gums with tea tree oil
    10. Chewing neem twigs
    11.  Massaging teeth with baking soda, turmeric, etc.
    12. Consuming wheatgrass juice and other foods rich in vitamins A, D, and C

    Conclusion

    Dental cavities are due to unhealthy lifestyle habits and may occur due to high amounts of chemicals in your toothpaste. Switch to ayurvedic remedies for maintaining a healthy oral cavity.

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