Periodontal disease from the point of view of Ayurveda
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue, and if left untreated can destroy the bone that supports the teeth. Periodontitis can lead to loosening or even loss of teeth. Periodontal disease is mainly the result of infection and inflammation of the gums and bones that surround and support the teeth. In the early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can swell and become red and sometimes bleed. In a more serious form, called periodontitis, bacteria in the mouth infect the tissue around the tooth, causing inflammation around the tooth, periodontal disease. When the bacteria stay on teeth long enough, they form a film called plaque, which eventually hardens to and turns into tartar. Tartar buildup can extend below the gum line, making it difficult to brush your teeth. Only a professional dental hygienist can remove the tartar and stop periodontal disease. In Ayurvedic texts, the periodontium is described as Dantamula. According to Ayurveda, Pitta dosha is the main cause of gum problems. If excess mucus or high acidity occurs in the mouth, it can lead to a bacterial infection, which is a Kapha disorder.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Periodontal disease
Raktmokshan (bloodletting) is the recommended Ayurvedic therapy for periodontal disease. Ayurvedic therapies Vaman, Virechan and Nasya are also helpful.
Ayurveda uses different herbs for Periodontal disease treatments.
Triphala pacifies the Kapha and Pitta doshas, which are the major causative factors of periodontal disease. Triphala has hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and healing properties.
Haritaki is effective for bleeding gums, gingival ulcers and carious teeth.
Amalaki contains a huge amount of vitamin C, which is necessary to prevent bleeding gums.
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Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Periodontal disease:
- Eat more foods high in vitamins (especially vitamin C) and minerals
- Avoid snacking between meals and reduce carbohydrates in your diet
- Eat more of fiber foods, citrus (but sweet) fruits, and green leafy vegetables
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Massage your gums. This will improve blood circulation, strengthen the gums and prevent their diseases
- Quit smoking as it increases the severity of gum diseases
- Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt with a glass of lukewarm water. Use this mixture to rinse in the morning and in the evening. This will help improve blood circulation to the gums and reduce swelling