Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Tooth Pain
Ayurvedic Remedies for Healthy Teeth -
Toothache is painful and home treatment can reduce suffering while waiting to see a dentist. Ayurveda gives natural ways to prevent and treat tooth cavities
Many people are looking for a natural approach for caring for teeth after becoming disillusioned with the non-effectiveness of modern methods. Ayurveda has been used for more than five thousand years and has many applications in improving dental health.
Ayurvedic Tooth Cleaning Treatments
Problems with oral health and teeth in particular are associated with kapha dosha imbalances. Some Ayurvedic treatments have filtered in mainstream use such as clove oil in remedying toothaches; now used worldwide by dentists. Some Ayurvedic treatments for soothing kapha dosha and cleaning teeth are:
Banyan/ Neem Twig Brushes: The antiseptic neem tree twigs have long been used in Indian cultures in place of toothbrushes to clean and strengthen teeth. The roots of the banyan can also be used in this way and their astringent properties help make gums healthier and teeth whiter. Herbalist Lesley Tierra proposes that "twigs contain volatile oils which stimulate blood circulation, tannins that tighten and cleanse gum tissue and other materials, such as vitamin C, which maintain healthy gums."
Amalaki: High in vitamin C content, amalaki can be directly applied on teeth to remove plaque.
Charcoal: The charcoal of babul wood is used to clean away plaque and brighten teeth. A mixture of roasted alum, charcoal and salt is offered as a brightening tooth powder.
Holy Basil (Tulsi): Sundried tulsi leaves are powdered and used as an effective tooth powder. Tulsi helps to prevent the bleeding of gums as well as naturally brightening teeth.
Ayurveda states that cleaning the tongue is an essential part of maintaining and should be done daily. Most Indians use a tongue scraper, and cleaning the tongue helps prevent plaque and reduces bad breath.
In order to keep the teeth healthy, Ayurveda suggests consuming bitter, pungent and astringent foods for as they balance the kapha in the mouth. Too much tea, coffee and smoking is also not recommended. Chewing the betel leaf or paan also stains teeth and should be avoided. Sweet foods should be avoided (especially at night) as they increase kapha in the mouth. The herb amla, is believed to aid oral health used both internally as a strengthening tonic and as a mouth rinse.
Home Toothache Remedies
Ayurveda is not just effective in the prevention of dental problems but also in treating them. Here are some of the more common remedies:
Clove is considered the best among all teeth remedies. It has excellent astringent and antiseptic properties, significantly reduces pain and also fights against germs in cavities.
Turmeric is believed to prevent dental caries, bleeding gums and toothaches. Ground turmeric can be used as a daily tooth powder. Turmeric can be mixed with mustard oil and applied directly to a painful tooth.
Asafetida powder mixed with lemon juice and applied to a cotton pad is effective when used on a tooth cavity.
Ayurveda offers many treatments to soothe kapha dosha, prevent tooth decay, plaque as well as remedies for cavities and tooth pain. Used in conjunction with modern medicine, Ayurveda can be a useful tool to maintain optimal oral health.