Various procedures for maintaining oral hygiene are explained in detail under the topic of daily routines (Dinacharya) in all the classical texts of Ayurveda.
These include oil pulling (Gandush), tongue cleaning (Jivha nirlekhana), brushing and massaging the teeth & gums (Pratisarana) and gargling or mouthwash (Kavala).
Holding oil in the mouth and gently “swishing” or “pulling” it back and forth through the teeth is an excellent way to support overall oral health and hygiene. Based on ancient Ayurvedic healing techniques, this simple practice clears plaque, lends strength to the teeth, quiets tooth sensitivity, promotes gum health, helps to relax the jaw and neck, and improves the quality of the voice—all while enhancing the sense of taste. Incorporate oil pulling into your daily routine and experience the fresher and healthier mouth that more and more people are raving about. Begin by placing a tablespoon or two of Organic Cold Pressed Coconut or Sesame Oil (or you can use infused RozTel from AyurDeva) Swish the oil from side to side, front to back, and through the teeth for up to 20 minutes. Spit out the oil in the trash and rinse with warm saline water. This practice nourishes the teeth and gums while increasing circulation throughout these tissues.
Using a Tongue Cleaner to scrape the tongue each morning removes bacteria and toxins that have accumulated on the tongue overnight. This simple hygiene practice therefore fosters fresh breath and helps to protect the teeth. But scraping the tongue also stimulates the vital organs of the body and awakens the digestive tract—supporting the health of the system at large and supporting the body’s natural detoxification pathways. A tongue cleaner made of stainless steel is balancing for all doshas. When you are finished, rinse with clean water and spit. You can use the mouthwash to rinse as well.
Ayurveda recommends cleansing the teeth with substances that are both bitter and astringent, as these tastes are naturally cleansing and antimicrobial. Tooth powders have long been used in India and are easy to make at home.
DIY Tooth Powder
You may change the quantity of herbal composition according to your taste. To make an Ayurvedic toothpaste with this tooth powder, add coconut oil to this composition. Remember there will be no froth while you are brushing.
This homemade mouthwash recipe is easy to make and inexpensive. It is free of any chemicals and alcohol which has harmful effects on the oral cavity. This mouthwash is 100% safe, natural, inexpensive and has no side effects. It can also be used safely by children.
Mouthwash is the last form of oral hygiene that we can follow. Done two to three times a day (after a meal)it keeps the mouth free of odours and rids the teeth of food particles without the need to floss.
Makes 1 Cup, 10 Minutes
Place the aloe goop in your blender with all of the other ingredients. (To make distilled water, boil tap water and let it cool.) Blend it on high for about a minute and then strain it through a fine mesh sieve. This will keep any of the viscous plant matter out of your mouth wash.
Additionally you can add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil for a fresh minty taste. If you add the oil, make sure to shake it well before using, and with all mouthwash, don’t swallow.
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