In the earlies blog post we discussed two important aspects to be followed in our Daily regime for a healthy life. Let us continue from there.
How to clean your teeth
Danta dhaavana (cleaning of teeth) is one of the procedures for maintaining ORAL HYGIENE.
एकैक घर्षयेत् दन्तं मृदुनां कुर्चकेनतु |
दन्त शोधन चूर्णेन दन्तमाम्स अनुबाधयन ||
Earlier we discussed malatyaga, where toxins were removed from the body through feces. The toxins produced in the oral cavity also should be cleaned up every day. The best way to achieve the same is through brushing/cleaning teeth. Presently, people use toothbrushes and different kinds of toothpaste for this purpose. The main principle here is to:
- Remove the remnants of the food articles
- Prevent gum diseases
- To avoid bad odor
- Prevents cavitation of the tooth and thus preventing disorders of the tooth.
Nowadays having healthy teeth is of cosmetic importance.
The role of Ayurveda in cleaning teeth becomes important here because we don’t follow any specific procedure to clean our teeth, whereas Ayurveda is the holistic science have explained the procedure of how to clean the teeth.
- The procedure of how to clean the teeth.
- Materials used in the preparation of tooth powders.
- Properties of tooth brush, its length, and shape.
Procedure of how to clean the teeth:
- Face east.
- Do not talk.
- Squat to brush, do not walk.
- The lower row of teeth should be brushed initially.
- Later the upper row is to be followed.
Materials used in the preparation of tooth powders:
“Vapya trivarga tritaya”,
vapya means kushta (saussurea lappa), Trivarga and tritaya means group of three, containing three drugs each.
- shunti, maricha, pippali
- haritaki, amalaki, vibhitaki
- twak, ela, patri
Fine powders of these have to be taken, made into a paste by mixing with honey.
Properties of tooth brush, its length, and shape:
- The tooth twig should be crushed.
- The twigs should be either of astringent, bitter, pungent in taste.
- Twig should be of 12 inches, the circumference of the little finger.
- Be straight and devoid of nodes. Should be collected from sacred places.
Usage of twig:
- Cut a pencil size twig from any of the above-mentioned plants. In some cases, a piece of the root can also be used.
- Chew one end of the stick to remove the bark.
- Continue chewing until the end of the stick becomes brush-like.
- Brush your teeth and massage your gums with your natural toothbrush.
- When finished, rinse and store for later use.
- When the bristles are no longer effective, cut that piece of the stick away and use it again.
Some of the plants twigs which can be used are
- Arka (calotropis procera)
- Nyagrodha (ficus bengalensis)
- Khadira (acachea catechu)
- Karanja (pongamia pinnata)
- Kakkubha (terminalia arjuna)
- Karaveera (nerium indicum)
- Sarja (vateria indica)
- Irimeda (acacia farnesiana)
- Apamarga (achyranthus aspera)
- Malati (jasminum grandiflorum)
In olden days, neem twigs were used for the same purpose.
The use of rock salt, garlic, guava and mango leaves was also in practice.
तत्दौर्गन्ध्य श्लेश्माणाम् च अपकर्षति |
वैशध अन्नाभिरुचि सौमनस्यं करोति च ||
- Removes toxins from the oral cavity.
- Prevents gum disorders, gingivitis, control of plaque, cavitation of the tooth.
- It decreases the mucous secretions that cause foul-smelling and tastelessness.
- Adds taste to the tongue.
- Imparts freshness to the oral cavity.