First thing’s first. See your dentist. Well if you haven’t already, as painful and frustrating as it sounds, having regular dental checkups are crucial for you. So don’t skip the visit to your local dentist. That being said, Ayurveda has about 5000 years of practice when it comes to dental wellness. It focuses primarily on the preventative nature of teeth problems and dental health.
Ayurvedic practitioners have developed herbal sticks and brushes, as well as create other home remedies to facilitate in dental issues from gingivitis to teeth whitening. The rise in popularity of alternative medicine to supplement or complement allopathic treatments is that research and studies show that these remedies are natural and safe. Additionally and arguably most importantly, natural treatments are cost effective and mostly quite inexpensive. If you’d like to know more about dental care and Ayurveda you might find this resource useful.
This is the sort of Ayurvedic go-to when it comes to oral care. The key oil here is sesame oil, although you may use coconut oil or sunflower oil. We highly recommend the classic – sesame oil. Here’s how to do it:
Once a day take a small mouthful of the oil, and swish it around in your mouth. Do so for about 10 minutes a day, focusing on areas of concern. After you’re done, rinse your mouth off and you’re good to go. If you wish you can brush your teeth as usual. Oil pulling has been shown to help with:
Chewing on a licorice stick (mulethi) may not only be delicious but can also help you have a dazzling smile. Properties in licorice aid in the removal of plaque and tartar. It can also help in teeth whitening.
If you ever find yourself without a toothbrush, using a pinch of salt on your finger can act as an effective replacement. The rough surface of the salt acts as an abrasive agent by dislodging any dirt or germs. It can also be used to help heal gum disease issues.
As a preface, if you’re in pain go to the dentist. But just letting a stick of clove sit on an area of tooth pain can have almost immediate effects. Cloves have antiseptic properties along with antibacterial properties as well. But they are a short term fix for dental issues, and do not act as a replacement for a dentist.
Remember prevention is better than cure, use some of our Ayurvedic remedies for dental health to make sure you dazzle them.