June 14, 2018
The Natural Clean – Why you should choose Ayurveda oral care
Many of us have suffered the pain of toothaches and will avoid going to the dentist out of fear of root canals and fillings. Taking care of your oral hygiene at home is the best way to ensure you stay away from your dentist’s chair. And while healthy eating and exercise are a common part of many people’s daily routines, many of us forget to put the same care into our teeth and gums.
Oral hygiene is more than just brushing your teeth daily. Our mouths are the doors to our bodies and need to be protected. This includes looking at what we are putting into our mouths to clean our teeth every day.
We wouldn’t eat chemicals willingly, so why are we brushing our teeth with toothpastes that contain potentially harmful substances? Most off the shelf toothpastes contain substances that are causing unnecessary harm to our bodies as we slowly consume them on a daily basis.
Researcher Nilesh Towane, writes:
“Western medicine has had only limited success in the prevention of periodontal disease and in the treatment of a variety of oral diseases. Hence, the search for alternative products continues and natural phytochemicals isolated from plants used in traditional medicine are considered as good alternatives to synthetic chemicals.” (2)
The good news is there is an easy solution! We can look to nature for healthy, toxin-free alternatives that clean and protect our teeth and gums and deliver that pearly white smile we all want. This is the Ayurveda way.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient healing system originating from India up to 5000 years ago. Known as the ‘science of life’ it brings together diet, personal behaviours, routines, and use of our senses, and reminds us of the important balance between environment, body, mind, and spirit.
What you put into your body, your mental state of mind, and how you act on a daily basis are all interlinked into your body’s overall wellbeing. Ayurveda draws upon nature and being in tune with natural processes of both your own body and the environment around you in order to create a beautifully balanced way of living.
Ayurveda practices for overall wellbeing include:
- Awareness of diet and the consumption of natural foods
- Strengthening and active use of the body
- Breathing techniques
- Natural herbal supplements.
What is Ayurveda in oral health?
In Ayurveda practice, the mouth is the gateway to the body and your lips, tongue and teeth can provide a clear picture of your body’s overall health. Ayurveda practitioners will often examine a patient’s mouth first in order to gain an insight into the rest of the body.
It is easy to incorporate healthy Ayurveda techniques into your daily oral care and it is often used a preventative method as opposed to a cure.(1) Firstly begin by choosing a 100% natural, toxin free toothpaste and brushing twice daily with a soft, charcoal toothbrush.
You should follow this with scraping your tongue with a copper tongue scraper. This is a vital step in Ayurveda oral care as it removes bacteria, stimulates internal organs and helps prevent bad breath.
Oil pulling has been shown to reduce cases of plaque-induced gingivitis, comparing the efficiency of this technique with off the shelf mouthwashes. Clinical studies showed a reduction in plaque and a reduction in gingivitis and aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of the adolescents undertaking the trial.(1)
Start with your teeth and your whole body will thank you.
Changing how you look after your body can be as easy as switching your tooth pastes. We have made the process even simpler by bringing together our favourite Ayurveda oral care products and delivering them to your door every month. Our monthly essentials will help you make the much needed change to how you protect your mouth and gums and will not only look after your teeth and give you a pearly white smile, it will also have long lasting positive benefits to your whole body.