Healing QA: Ayurveda Tips for Dental Care?
01/04/2013 | 01:17 PM
What do you use for toothpaste and taking care of your gums and teeth?
The general trend in the West is to wear away the gums and teeth with all sorts of chemicals found in toothpaste. The teeth, gums, and mouth as a whole all need nourishment, and Ayurvedic tradition teaches us that oils nourish the body both on the inside and out.
To take care of my mouth, I gently brush with some licorice powder mixed with some sesame oil. An alternative is to dip the toothbrush into some salt water instead of the oil, which acts as a disinfectant. When done with brushing, I then oil the mouth using a mouthful of sesame oil that I swish around and gargle like mouthwash. This helps to strengthen the gums and relieve the mouth of sores and other maladies.
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