Ayurveda and oral health
by Alison Logee, RDH, Ayurveda and Reiki Practitioner
Ayurveda is a proven system of healing and prevention that has existed for over 5,000 years. It can be adapted to everyone, in all climates. Ayurveda’s goal is to maintain balance of the body, mind and spirit through the use of natural forces such as heat, cold, light, herbs, foods, minerals, exercise, yoga, meditation, mantras and mudras.
Used in conjunction with modern Dentistry, Ayurveda can help maintain optimal oral health as well as alleviate tooth pain while you wait to see your Dentist. Before you attempt any of the following natural ayurvedic remedies please refer to other resources and literature to ensure safe and effective use and to understand potential side effects and contraindications. Clean teeth and healthy gums: Banyan tree roots or Neem twigs. These twigs and roots are chewed to fray the ends and then used as natural toothbrushes. They contain oils that stimulate blood circulation, tannins that firm up and cleanse the gums and vitamin C to maintain healthy connective tissue. Amalaki, also high in vitamin C, when mixed with water, can be used as a toothpaste.Holy basil (tulsi), when powdered and rubbed onto the gums, will stimulate circulation and decrease inflammation. For best results: brush 2/day and floss 1/day.
Toothache: Clove oil is antibacterial, astringent and contains eugenol, a natural pain killer. Mix 2 drops of clove essential oil with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil. Dip a small sized cotton ball into the mixture and place it next to the painful tooth or bite down on it to hold it in place. Do not sleep with it in your mouth and never apply essential oil directly to the skin. It must be diluted with a carrier oil and do not apply to broken skin. Turmeric, mixed with olive oil can be applied as a paste on a painful tooth. Asafoetida mixed with lemon juice and applied with a small cotton swab is also effective.
Dry mouth: Gargling with an average mouth full of olive oil for 5 minutes, 3/day will help lubricate the lining of the mouth, palate and tongue. Do not swallow. It is also believed to “purify” the taste-buds!