India is a land with diverse cultures and a vast cultural heritage. Our lineage has a rich blend of knowledge and humility. This knowledge has been passed down many generations and overtime, has been modified and tweaked in its form.
The ancient Indian wisdom gained its roots from Charaka, around 100-200 BC, who established medical principles and dictated the use certain plants that could be used for medicinal purposes. In this article we shall discuss about the relevance of the easily available herbs and spices at home that can be used as a first aid for some of the common dental ailments, until the time you can see your dentist for the same.
The reasons for a tooth ache can be diverse and its very difficult to conclude a cause without properly analysing the situation, however, there can be a first line of symptomatic treatment to provide some temporary relief from the pain.
Pain can be felt around the tooth or the jaw region for diverse reasons, ranging from a dental infection to an abscess or maybe because of muscular tenderness and sometimes in case of a broken tooth fragment.
1.Clove: It contains eugenol, which acts as an anaesthetic agent and provides temporary relief. Biting onto clove (for about 30 min) releases the bitter, pungent clove oil and alleviated the pain.
2.Orange oil: Orange oil and its rind contain d-limonene which has anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps to suppress the inflammation in the gums, around the teeth and thus provide a calming effect.
3. Garlic: It has proven medicinal benefits. It is known to contain allium, whose properties can be compared to penicillin which have bacteriostatic as well as bactericidal properties. It acts as an antioxidant agent. It also known to inhibit tumor growth and also initiated bacterial degradation. It alleviated pain by moderating the oral inflammation.
1. Turmeric: The active ingredient is diferuoylmathane and zingiberone. It has a profound antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action. It suppresses the growth of bacteria fungi. It is also known to potentiate the action of certain commercially available antibiotic compounds such as cefixime and vancomycin.
2. Triphala: It is an Ayurvedic rasayan which consists of amulaki, bibhitika and halituki. It is known for its anti inflammatory, anti cariogenic, thermogenic and probiotic properties. Due to its probiotic and thermogenic properties, it is known for its effectiveness in dental abscess.
3. Neem: It is recognised world wide for its anti inflammatory actions. It is also considered sacred in the Indian tradition, mostly because of its acute medicinal properties. Neem trees are very easily found throughout the Indian subcontinent and are worshipped for their astonishing healing powers.
4. Salt Water: Its action is mainly mechanical as it flushes out mechanically, the trapped debris in between the teeth and the gums and therefore helps relax the soreness and reduce the inflammation. A salt water rinse can be made by dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swishing around the mouth for about 30 sec before spitting out.
1. Tea bags: Tea is known to contain tannins and alkaloids which help soothe the tingling and pain and also is best to control some amount of bleeding from the gums or dental sockets when you specifically cannot visit a dentist. It is also known to contain epigallocatechin – 3 galactose, which protects the bone and periodontal disease.
2. Aloe vera: It means ‘true shiny bitter substance’ in arabic. It’s properties have been recognised not only by the Indian culture, but also in ancient Egypt and Greece. The Egyptians refer to it as “universal substance” and the greeks called it as “Plant of Immortality”. The main chemical ingredients are alloins and barbadoins which contribute to the anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It provides a soothing sensation around the gums and can be used as a mouth rinse and leads to a significant reduction in gingivitis and plaque accumulation.
These remedies are the first available, natural remedies that are easily available any one’s disposal. However, they should not be thought of as an alternative to the commercially available medications and a formal visit to the dental office. as already discusses no problem can be sorted without a thorough inspection of the oral cavity. these remedies are aimed at providing just a first hand basis and temporary relief to the problem, until the time it can be discussed with a professional help.