The supporting structure of tooth consists of periodontal ligaments, gums and bones. Inflammation and infection of these tooth supporting structures leads to a dental disease called Pyorrhea. Further it can lead toothache, pus formation followed by shrinkage of the gum. Untreated Pyorrhea can results in bone loss which can cause loosening/mobile teeth and the eventual loss of teeth.
AYURVEDIC VIEW OF PYORRHEA
In Ayurvedic name for Pyorrhea is 'Putidanta or Dantaveshta'. From Ayurvedic perspectives, pyorrhea reflects vitiation of rasa and rakta dhatus.
CAUSES FOR PYORRHEA
Primary cause for pyorrhea is usually a result of increased accumulation of bacteria leading to dental plaque formation causing gingivitis, a periodontal disease that infects the gum through plaque, causing pocket formation between the teeth that trap plaque and food particles accumulated, bacteria in plaque produce many toxins, which irritate the gums, causing them to become inflamed, tender and prone to bleeding easily. Bacterial activity is however, facilitated by the lowered vitality of the system.
FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PYORRHEA
- Poor oral hygiene.
- The sticking of food particles in between the teeth.
- Deficiency of Vitamin C.
- Chemical and physical irritants.
- Improper use of toothpicks can lead to injury or damage to the gums and the structures supporting.
- Use of contraceptive pills.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Use of certain drugs.
- Emotional Stress and excessive tension.
- Wrong eating habits like the frequent intake of white sugar and bread
- Wrong technique of brushing.
AYURVEDIC CAUSE FOR PYORRHEA
In context of Ayurveda, pyorrhea results due to vitiation of rasa and rakta dhatus, caused by improper digestion. The toxins produced due to improper digestion get mixed up with these two dhatus and then get accumulated in gums and oral cavity. These come out during actions like brushing teeth. So pyorrhea in Ayurvedic terms is caused by poor digestion.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PYORRHEA
- Swollen, tender or red gums.
- Pus discharge may be there.
- Mouth ulcer formation may occur.
- Bone erosion occur.
- Bleeding from gums while brushing and/or flossing.
- Persistent bad breath.
- Feeling of loose teeth or like they're separating/drifting.
- Gums recede - gums that have pulled away from teeth.
DANGERS OF PYORRHEA
Pyorrhea can lead to increasing risk of numerous other adverse health effects. The advanced stage of pyorrhea puts those suffering from it at an even higher increased risk for things such as:
- Risk of heart attack increase by as much as 25%
- Risk of stroke increases by a factor of 10
- Problems like both type I and type I diabetes
- Respiratory disease
- Pancreatic cancer
- Premature births
- Newborns are underweight
- Digestive disorders
PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR PYORRHEA
Maintain a good oral hygiene by:
- Brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day.
- Gargle twice a day
- Flossing every day
- Stop the use of tobacco products
HERBS USEFUL FOR PYORRHEA
- Arjun (Terminalia Arjuna)
- Dalchini (Cinnamomum Zeylanica)
- Amalak (Emblica Officinalis)
- Vibhitaki(Terminalia Belerica)
- Guggul (Commiphora Mukul)
- Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
AYURVEDIC FORMULATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PYORRHEA IN PLANET AYURVEDA
1. Gum Care Powder:
An excellent combination of herbs which are used to relieve gum and tooth problems. Helpful in whitening of teeth, by removing dental stains on the teeth. Regular use of it improves tooth deformities and increases the life of teeth. Useful reliever of swelling and bleeding of gums, gingivitis, bad breath, and pyorrhea.
- Sonth (Zingiber officinale): Commonly called as ‘dry ginger’. It acts as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory agent.
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): It is used as a gargle which reduces inflammation in the mucous membrane of the mouth.
- Mustak (Cyprus rotundus): Commonly known as Nut grass
- Khadir (Acacia catechu): Its extract is used as a gargle for relieving diseases like gingivitis.
- Karpur (Cinnamomum camphora): A good reliever of inflammation, wounds and ulcers.
- Poog (Areca catechu): Act as an anti-inflammatory agent and is useful in relieving tooth related problems.
- Marich (Piper nigrum)
- Lavang (Syzygium aromaticum): Commonly known as clove. It is also used as a spice in Indian traditional cooking. Clove oil is very effective in relieving tooth and gum related problems.
- Twak (Cinnamomum zeylancia): It is used as an herb in relieving tooth related problems.
- Safatika (Alum): The powder this herb is useful in relieving external bleeding.
DOSE: Gum care powder used as oral rinse
It Provides calcium in a natural way, thus maintains optimum calcium levels in the body, which helps to maintain Healthy bones, muscles and nerves and prevents bone loss, as well as good for shiny teeth, shiny hair and anti-aging. It quickly improves bone strength. It is the most powerful tool to fight menopause osteoporosis. Keeps the Immune system healthy.
Parval pishti (Coral), Akik pishti (Agate), Jawar Mohra Pishti (An Ayurvedic herb), Kamdhuda Ras (An Ayurvedic herb), Mukta pishti (Pearl), Guduchi (Giloy Satva).
- Parval pishti (Coral): Praval means Coral in English. Parval pishti, a calcium supplement helps in forming strong bones
- Akki Pishti: Agate,is rich in natural calcium. After proper processing with organic herb juices, the agate is made into a natural calcium compound.
- Jawar Mohra Pishti: A herbal supplement rich in natural calcium.
- Kamdhudha Ras: Herbal agent effectively eliminates Pitta dosha from the body. Pitta dosha, also responsible for orthoclastic activity of the bone cells and depletion of calcium from the body. Besides being a rich source of natural calcium, helps to eliminate anxiety, emotional problems and burning sensation in the body.
- Mukta Pishti (Pearl): The literal meaning of Mukta is Pearl. Pishti means paste / powder. The best pearls are made into powder and processed in rose water to enhance their cooling natrure and improve their properties, remove toxins. After one month of tedious processes and procedures, the pearl powder or pearl paste is made. This is called Mukta Pishti.
- GiloySatva (Guduchi): Brings improvement in immunity through a natural way. Effective relieve of Calcium deficiency in the body.
DOSE: 1 capsule two time daily, after meals with plain water.
3) SEPTRIN TABLETS:
It balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha - doshas (Bio-Energies). Supports healthy respiratory system. Maintains healthy immune system and healthy digestion.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Haldi (Curcuma longa), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Marich (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum)
- Guggul (Commiphora Mukul): Useful because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Haldi (Curcuma Longa): Great herb as, it constitutes anti-inflammatory properties which provides beneficial effects for various inflammations, allergies and infections. Rich anti-biotic, fighting against toxins and infections.
- Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum): This herb having strong aroma. Helpful to relieve everyday infections. Consisting of anti-inflammatory properties. Relieves pain
- Sonth (Zingiber Officinale): It is good source of Vitamin C, calcium, carotene and other minerals. Being an excellent pain reliever, relieves pain when applied around gums.
- Marich (Piper Nigrum): An Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and analgesi.
- Pippali (Piper longum): Good anti-bacterial and ant-inflammatory properties. Effective use against sore throat.
DOSE: 1-2 tablets once or twice daily.
4) KAISHORE GUGGUL:
It is mainly having antibiotic propreties.
- Guduchi herb (Tinospora cordifolia):
- Ginger (Zingiber officinal): It helps to relieve motion sickness, removes nausea.
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): It has anti-bacterial properties.
- Black pepper (Piper nigrum): Helpful in reducing pain. It effective herb that helps in reduction of swelling and inflammation.
- Long pepper (Piper longum): Constitute anti-inflammatory property
- (Terminalia chebula):
- Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica). It has styptic property which is useful in arresting bleeding.
- Guggul (resin) (Commiphora mukul)
- Red Physic Nut (Baliospermum montanum)
- Indian Jalap (Ipomoea turpethum)
- Vidanga(Embelia ribes)
DOSE:2 - 3 tablets of Kaishore Guggul Twice a day, after meals taken with plain water.
5) NEEM CAPSULES:
Neem (Azadirachta indica)- Neem herb has anti-bacterial properties. It is widely used as a dental and gum cleaner for protection against oral infections and bad breath. With regular use of Neem Gingivitis, bleeding gums and toothache are also relieved.