Oral Health with Ayurveda

Oral Health with Ayurveda

Oral Health with Ayurveda

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 Oral Health with Ayurveda

Oral diseases ranging from gum disease  to cavities are all grave threats for oral health.  Oral health is an vital part of your  overall  health . If left unattended  the oral problems like  gum disease, dental cavities , mouth sores , infections and oral cancer can lead to severe pain, loss of teeth and serious health complications.

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth and gums clean to prevent oral diseases. Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. A mouth where the teeth are clean, gums are healthy and pink , they do not hurt or bleed and there is a complete absence of bad breath. Retaining good oral hygiene is one of the most essential things for disease free teeth and gums. A healthy mouth will not only make you feel good and happy it shall it is also important so that you can eat , drink and speak properly. Good oral health is vital to your overall well-being.

Gum Diseases

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth caused by bacteria.  It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Since most of the gum diseases are painless  you may not know you have it. The bacteria present in the mouth constantly form a sticky colourless film in the teeth called plaque. If not removed daily by brushing and flossing the plaque can harden and form tartar that brushing cannot clean. This tartar can infect not only the gums and teeth, but eventually the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth.

The two main types of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding  gums can be the sign that you are suffering from severe gum disease. The main cause of bleeding gum is the build-up of plaque at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease. This is an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up at the gum line and causes irritation, redness, bleeding and swelling. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, and can be easily reversed with the help of professional care or home care and proper oral hygiene.

(Sometimes on going gum bleeding may be due to serious medical conditions such as leukaemia and bleeding and platelet disorders.)

Periodontitis

When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis”. It is s a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue of the gum and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss or worse, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems but at the same time periodontitis is a common dental problem and can be treated.

 Gum Sores

Gum sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in the gum or at the base of the gum and often make eating and talking uncomfortable. These are painful ulcers and can cause a lot of irritation.

Pyria

Pyria is the official term used for describing bleeding gums and gum disease. If your gum bleeds easily it is an warning of early onset of pyria. Gums bleed easily when there is an inflammation in the gums due to which the blood vessel underneath the gums enlarge and rupture easily. Pyria is an indication of very poor oral hygiene resulting in microbial growth around the gums. Pyria can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath. On the onset of pyria, patients typically suffer from swollen and/or red gums, the teeth becomes extra sensitive and cannot eat hot or cold foods, and may even give bad pungent breath. Pyria can be treated easily but if not treated in time there can be complete tooth decay that cannot be reversed.

 Dental Health

Dental health refers to all features of the healthiness and functioning of the teeth gums and mouth. Its denotes to a healthy mouth, free of infections, injuries and other problems with teeth and gums. Sometimes disease and other conditions can affect your dental health. The health of our teeth and mouth are linked to overall health and well-being in a number of ways. You need healthy teeth to chew and swallow the food  for obtaining  nutrients and maintain good health. Also poor dental health can also adversely affect self-esteem and beauty.

Dental Cavities

Tooth decay or dental cavity is one of the most common dental diseases. Dental cavities are holes in teeth caused by tooth decay. Cavities are also referred to as caries. If cavities aren't treated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. They can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss.

Bacteria, food particles, and naturally occurring acids form plaque which coats the teeth. The acid in plaque sooner or later starts to eat away the tooth enamel. Once the acid eats through the enamel it starts decaying the dentin. Dentin is the second, softer layer of the teeth and is very easily damaged. If no treatment is sought at this stage the inside of the tooth that houses the nerves and blood vessels gets affected and causes nerve damage. This results in severe pain and sometimes inflammation.

Sugars , starches and soda increase the risk of tooth decay. Sticky foods are more harmful than non-sticky foods because they remain on the teeth. Frequent snacking , inadequate brushing also increases the risk of cavity.

Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is categorised by an unpleasant odor of the mouth. Maintaining proper oral health can help lessen or eliminate bad breath.

Bad breath can be the result of several things, but it's usually caused by poor oral hygiene.  When  unwanted bacteria builds up in the mouth it makes the mouth smell bad.

Bacteria is always present in the mouth as they break down pieces of food in the mouth and any food trapped in your teeth will be broken down by bacteria, causing a unpleasant smelling breath. But incessant bad breath can be a sign of gum disease. At times eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions and garlic, can also cause your breath to smell, as can smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol. Occasionally, bad breath can occur due to an infection or illness, or due to certain drugs or medication.

Bad breath in babies or young children may be a sign of infection or undiagnosed medical problems and needs doctor’s consultation.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are shallow ulcers that can appear on any of the soft tissues of the mouth, including the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, and floor and roof of the mouth. One can develop mouth sores even  in the esophagus, the tube leading to the stomach. The most common form of mouth sore is canker sore -  a minor irritation and lasts only a week or two. Mouth sores cause some redness and pain, depending on the size, severity, and location of the sores in the mouth, it can cause difficulty in eating, drinking, swallowing or talking.

The main reasons of developing a mouth sore  are-  biting your tongue, cheek, or lip, irritation from a sharp object such as braces, retainer, or dentures, brushing too hard, tobacco chewing, infection of herpes simplex virus, a weakened immune system because of illness or stress, side effect of certain medicines,  hormone changes and  vitamin deficiency, especially of folate and B-12.

Often, minor mouth sores often go away naturally within 10 to 14 days, but they can last up to six weeks.

Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers are agonizing round or oval sores in the mouth, most often on the inside of the cheeks or lips. They are generally white, red, yellow or grey in colour and are inflamed around the edge. mouth ulcers usually go away on their own but treatment may be necessary if the  ulcers are severe, and interfere with activities like eating and speaking.

Ayurveda for Dental Health

Ayurveda believes that dental  problems can be treated by balancing the three doshas of a human body - The Vatta, pita and Kapha, just like any other diseased condition. Ayurveda provides a well-balanced diet and certain very basic herbal remedies that can be very beneficial to maintain a good oral health.

Also there are various ayurvedic herbs that cleanse the teeth, whiten the teeth, ease dental pains, strengthen the gums and can cure bad breath completely without any side effects. Kairali Ayurvedic Group offers various treatments  and therapies like  Kavala Graham and Gandoosham  and also prescribes herbal medications for dental diseases and for maintaining a perfect oral health.