Modern day dental science is enriched with both technological advancement and research. Nevertheless, we tend to feel safe using natural and herbal products, especially for our hair, skin and health care issues. You would be amazed to know that nature could effectively be a part of your dental care too. Some of the most recommended teeth care methods are discussed here in this article.
This is an oral care practice that has been emphasized in the ancient Indian texts. Oil pulling involves swishing oil around the mouth, using it like a mouthwash. It has been used for thousands of years as an Indian folk remedy. In a brief, oil pulling is the procedure taking a mouthful of oil and swishing it within for a duration of about 15 to 20 minutes. The most popular choice of oil for practicing this method is coconut oil. Alternatively, oils that are used for the purpose of ‘oil pulling’ are sesame oil and sunflower oil. However, the ‘extra-virgin’ coconut oil is preferred due to its pleasant taste inside your mouth!
How Oil pulling works?
There is a certain amount of bacteria present in every in our mouth. Though some are helpful ones, some are seriously harmful and are the ones responsible for plaque build up within the mouth. When you swish oil within your mouth, its working mechanism is simple – the bacteria gets dissolved in the liquid oil and gets swiped away. This ancient technique is known to be equally effective in curing headaches, asthma, sore throat, bleeding gums and even a dull taste in taste and vision!
Being used a mouthwash, two methods are often recommended in oil pulling, and can be practiced on a daily basis:
In this process of oil pulling, your mouth is completely filled with oil and held in that position for up to 5 minutes without any gargling or swishing.
Kavala Graha :
It is just the opposite of what Graha Gandusha requires you to do. Instead of expanding your cheeks and holding it up for 5 minutes, Kavala Graha involves filling the mouth with just enough oil to be swished inside the mouth for about 3 minutes. This is comfortable enough for people who find the other method to be really difficult.
According to a study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health
Oil pulling, in CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine), is a procedure that involves swishing oil in the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita where it is called Kavala or Gandusha, and is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases ranging from headache, migraine to diabetes and asthma. Oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional Indian folk remedy for many years to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.
Brushing is contra indicated in the cases of mouth ulcer, fever, indigestion, those who have tendency to vomit, asthma, cough, thirst. Oil pulling can be used to clean the oral cavity in all these cases. Gandusha and Kavala Graha are two primary oral cleansing techniques; specialized therapy to treat as well as to prevent oral diseases.
Cited: Singh A, Purohit B. Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health. J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2011;2(2):64–68. doi:10.4103/0975-9476.82525
Green tea indeed, has the following virtues:
- It has a powerful antioxidant called Catechins that are helpful for your oral health.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties that are good both for your gums and overall oral health.
- Tobacco users who drank green tea regularly had a lower risk of developing cancer than the general tobacco consumers.
Although it is sometimes argued that the anti-inflammatory components of green tea disrupts inflammatory agents and triggers the breakdown of collagen in tissue, yet daily consumption possibly inhibits bacteria in the oral cavity and support healthy teeth and gums.
Are in the habit of pursuing such a routine: start the day with a cup of coffee, snack on just anything that is available in the fridge for breakfast, get a lemonade at the end of lunch or a dessert and treating yourself with a glass of red wine after dinner?
If so, it’s definitely the case that you last brushed your teeth after waking up and your mouth has been saturated in acidic foods and beverages until the dawn dawns! This bacteria encourages the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Instead, if you could supplement your diet with probiotic-rich foods and beverages such as sauerkraut and Kombucha, it could well inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. The pH balance of your mouth is also kept in control.
Herbs and Spices
If your toothpaste is flavoured with peppermint, fennel, cinnamon or clove, it does a lot of good to your mouth health. These spices are not only trendy flavors but also act as anti-inflammatory agents killing oral pathogens. You may also add these spices and other herbs like ginger, turmeric, garlic, oregano and basil to your daily foods for their protective benefits.
Do you know that essential oils may be even used to dip your floss for its antibacterial and anti-fungal goodness? You may also rub a drop of tea tree oil or peppermint oil along the strand of floss to reap its health benefits.
Secondly, if you’re experiencing pain and swelling in teeth or gums, clove oil is a really effective topical anesthetic. If you are honestly intending to switch to a natural pain remedy this would be the right thing for you.
Apart from clove, peppermint and tea tree oil, herbs such as neem, cinnamon, turmeric root and parsley have antiseptic and antiviral properties too.
Natural remedies or tooth care ingredients are too many in number to be listed. Not all of them are necessary to be put to use. If you can stick to any one or two habits but maintain the routine very strictly, you will come up with amazing results in just a few days. Since neither the products nor the methods used are artificial, they all the more make you feel refreshed and lend you with a renewed energy for the day!