Watch Your Mouth! Natural Remedies to Fight Tooth Decay

by Allayurveda
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Strong, healthy teeth are a highly important part of our bodies and an essential element of good health. Ayurveda considers chewing to be very important, as correctly chewing food leads to optimal digestion. Ayurvedic philosophy states that one should “eat your liquids and drink your solids”, and this would be impossible without strong and healthy teeth. It is totally true that the proper functioning of teeth makes the function of intestines in food digestion much easier. Teeth are vital to help us savor the taste of various foods.

Although brushing teeth and flossing on a daily basis are how we normally take care of our teeth, it can be challenging to avoid common teeth issues. Most people develop tooth-related issues from an early age, and one of the core reasons for this is due to improper dietary habits. From excessive sugar consumption to consuming acidic, extremely hot or extremely cold items, and unhealthy foods lay the foundation for teeth-related issues.

While eating unhealthy yet delicious foods is rather difficult to avoid, try to limit eating these types of foods on a regular basis. Maintaining proper hygiene and cleansing of the teeth is paramount in order to prevent any potential disease that can affect the teeth. Ayurveda recommends certain easy-to-do yet tremendously effective treatments for tooth decay and cavities that will keep your teeth in excellent health.

Here are natural solutions and remedies for dental problems that will prevent tooth decay and gum disease:

  1. First and foremost, brushing the teeth twice a day is the most basic and crucial thing you can do to ensure proper dental hygiene. Ayurveda suggests using a variety of herbs and tooth powders to clean the teeth. While it might be slightly uncomfortable to use a tooth powder for the first few times, you’ll notice discernible results within just a few weeks.

  2. In India, especially in rural regions, neem branches have long been used for brushing or cleaning the teeth in the same manner as a toothbrush. One end of the neem branch is chewed to make it like a brush, and it is rubbed against the teeth. While most people may not be open to trying this, you can also use fresh neem leaves to crush into a paste and rub against the teeth. They will keep the teeth white and bacteria-free. Be warned though, neem’s goodness is in its extremely bitter taste.

  3. Drinking coffee or tea first thing in the morning -especially before brushing the teeth- is one of the main causes of dental issues. Consuming coffee or tea first thing in the morning increases Pitta dosha which will also cause acidity and constipation. Avoid drinking tea or coffee first thing in the morning without brushing your teeth; it’s advisable to first consume some solid food before you have your tea or coffee.

  4. Drink a glass (8.5 oz) of water with a tablespoon of honey mixed in. This is extremely beneficial for the teeth, and this drink can even replace your morning tea/coffee. The honey and water mixture is excellent for preventing and curing any dental issues.

  5. Swish fresh water through your teeth after every meal, at least 4-5 times. It is critical to clean the teeth each time after you consume something. While brushing your teeth after every meal may not be practical, simply cleansing them with fresh or warm water is sufficient enough.

  1. Take a cup of water (use warm water during winter) and add a pinch of regular salt in it. Gargle with this water 3-4 times and swish it around the teeth. This is also good for your gums and throat.

  2. Take one gram of finely crushed rock salt (use regular table salt if rock salt is not available) and mix one teaspoon of mustard oil to form a paste. Apply onto the gums and massage gently. Take care to not rub too hard. Don’t worry if you find a little bleeding occurs while massaging the gums, simply rinse the mouth using warm water. This remedy is excellent for toothaches, swollen gums, bleeding gums and pyorrhea as the treatment kills germs and strengthens the gums.

  3. Turmeric powder is a traditional Ayurvedic dental care remedy that can also replace salt in the same quantity in the previous recipe. This treatment should be used before going to bed, and is great for dental issues and toothaches, bleeding gums, and pain caused in teeth when consuming hot or chilled food.

  4. Chewing a clove after eating meals will act as a mouth freshener and also keep your teeth and gums healthy. Chew the clove slowly.

  5. Avoid mixing very hot and very cold items together, such as drinking a hot coffee after eating an ice cream, and vice versa.


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