Some may wonder, yoga and teeth? What’s the connection?
It’s easy to why this is possible when you look beyond certain stereotypes. For one, the yoga lifestyle isn’t all about contorting one’s self like a pretzel all day. It is a holistic practice of general well being and maintaining good health, mentally as well as physically.
Good health transcends general physiological training. It also includes the muscles, bones and teeth. Most yogis practice Ayurvedic medicine, or Ayurveda for short. This is an ancient holistic healing practice that originated from India more than 3,000 years ago. It is based on the principle that health and wellness are hinged on a delicate balance of the body, mind and spirit.
According to Dr. Michael Montalbano of Tiger Smile Dental - Baton Rouge Dentists, we could learn a thing or two from Ayurveda oral hygiene. “Sesame seeds are commonly used in medication. Yogis put it in their foods too. They are not only vitamin rich, they strengthen oral health and improve blood circulation,” he says.
Here are some major Ayurvedic tips to improve your oral hygiene
Organic sesame seed oil can be used to beautify teeth and gums. Take a mouthful and hold it in your mouth for a minute of two before spitting it out. Then, using your clean index finger, apply some and gently rub against your gums. The swishing and massaging action is referred to a kavala. It protects the teeth against cavity formation and can be used to sooth an impacted wisdom tooth. People with sensitive teeth and receding gums have also reported relief from sesame seed oil.
According to ancient Ayurvedic practice, the tongue is a powerful organ. It can be used for taste, speech and perception (karmendriya). Furthermore, the tongue is linked to other organs in the body such as the thyroid, lungs, kidney, heart, colon and stomach. It is believed that by scraping the tongue, you are not only cleansing it, but also the associated organs.
The practice of jihva nirlekhana (or tongue scraping) has several advantages. Gently scraping the tongue awakens the taste buds and activates the six taste centres (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, pungent and astringent). With a clean tongue scraper (could be stainless steel or strong plastic), scrape the tongue from back to front at least 10 times every morning.
Most deficiencies in oral hygiene are the result of mineral deficiency. Specifically, magnesium, zinc and calcium. As mentioned before, sesame seeds strengthen oral health because of their rich vitamin and mineral contents.
When we take sugary drinks, or eat acidic foods, the enamel loses these minerals. Replenish lost quantities by chewing mouthfuls of sesame seeds. Their abrasive quality brushes and polishes the teeth too.
Ayurvedic practitioners are strong proponents of the use of bitter, astringent toothpastes. Unlike traditional toothpastes, the herbal kind (made from herbs of cinnamon, babool or neem trees) is a more effective alternative that cleanses the teeth thoroughly before your next dental checkup with a Hammond dentist.
Bitter toothpastes prevent excess secretion of saliva and allows the toothpaste wash the oral cavity without diluting it too much. This prevents tartar formation and promotes good oral hygiene. You can buy herbal toothpastes at your local intercontinental store.