Many people develop dental problems at an early age. One of the very prominent reasons for this is our improper dietary habits. Ayurveda has some simple practices and remedies which are very helpful in maintaining strong and healthy teeth. Ayurveda is known to be free from any side effects and provides dental relief in a natural way.
Top 10 ayurvedic remedies for oral health
- Cloves: Clove oil is a remedy used for centuries to cure toothache. It contains eugenol which has healing properties and soothes the nerves that are present inside the tooth. Chewing a few pieces of cloves to allow the oil to penetrate into the affected area is an effective pain relief remedy. Alternatively, mixing clove oil with few drops of olive oil and applying on affected area with a cotton swab can also be helpful. After applying oil, rinse mouth with warm salt water to clear out bacteria and germs and any residual oil from the mouth.
- Herbal Sticks: This is a popular practice in Indian rural areas. Herbal sticks such as neem and babool are known to fight tooth decay and plaque. The miswak stick also possesses anti-microbial properties. Pick a fresh stem which is soft and without leaves. It may be scaled to remove the outer bark. Chew on the stick to get germ free teeth.
- Amla Powder: Indian gooseberry or amla is a very potent herb and is used in many ayurvedic treatments. In toothaches, amla helps in rebuilding and development of connective tissues, keeping teeth healthy, strong and germ-free. Take a teaspoon of amla powder every day for long-term benefits to oral health.
- Asafoetida: Asafoetida is the dried latex of the Ferula herb. Other than its use in cooking to enhance food’s taste and aroma, it has a lot of medicinal properties also. It is commonly used as a remedy for toothache as it reduces inflammation. There are different ways of using it as a remedy for tooth pain: Put a piece of raw asafoetida directly on the aching tooth or the affected area. You can also mix asafoetida powder with lemon juice to form a paste and apply on the affected tooth. Lemon juice also possesses anti-bacterial properties, which makes the paste more effective in providing pain relief.
- Wheatgrass: One of the various benefits of wheatgrass is relieving tooth pain and fighting tooth decay. It is a strong intoxicant and can also be used as a mouthwash. Chew on a few strands of wheatgrass from the side of the affected area to get relief or gargle a shot of wheatgrass juice or wheatgrass powder mixed with water, swirl around the affected tooth and then spit out.
- Turmeric Powder: Turmeric or haldi is well-known for its anti-bacterial properties. It prevents dental caries and is a good toothache treatment. Mix finely powdered turmeric with mustard oil and make a paste. Apply on the affected area before going to bed.
- Garlic: Garlic is a very popular home treatment for toothache. Chew on some raw garlic to instantly relieve tooth pain. Mix garlic with rock salt or regular salt and form a paste and apply on the affected tooth.
- Nutmeg: Nutmeg is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and prevents dental plaque. Nutmeg also contains eugenol similar to cloves that helps to prevent tooth ache. Take nutmeg powder and mix with mustard oil to make a paste. Apply on the affected tooth and wash after 20 minutes.
- Triphala : Triphala is a wonder herb which is also a mild laxative. It is used to cure digestive and dental problems. Take 10 grams of triphala powder and mix it with warm water. Gargle regularly with this mixture to obtain healthy teeth, free of any decay and pain.
- Salt: The natural health properties of salt are excellent in maintaining the teeth and relieving tooth ache. A pinch of salt is used for gargling with lukewarm water to remove plaques and cavities. This can also prevent tooth decay and gum problems. This method is an effective way to whiten the teeth.