Pyorrhea is a condition characterized in the final stages by the promotion of pockets of purulent material around the teeth and loosening of the aftected teeth.
Causes and Symptoms For Pyorrhoea
The Prevalent opinion among allopaths is that the lack of roughage in the diet and inadequate care of the teeth is the causative factor in pyorrhea. These two factors lead to stagnation of food between the teeth and excessive formation of tartar, which, in turn, leads to proliferation of bacteria. It leads to an unpleasant taste in the mouth and a foul smell. Ulceration of gums and chronic inflammatory changes are the usual concomitants of this disease.
Ayurveda recognizes the absence of oral hygiene as a causation factor in pyorrhoea, but the real cause is digestive disorders, because it is generally those with a costive constitution and a bad digestion who fall prey to pyrrhoea.
Home Remedies For Pyorrhoea
The first step in the direction of treatment is oral hygiene. It is better to brush one’s teeth with a six-inch twig of the neem tree or the banyan tree (Ficus bengalensis). The latex or milk of the prop root inhibits the formation of pus because of its antiseptic qualities. Being astringent, it also stops bleeding from the gums.
Medicines & Prescriptions
For constipation, a decoction of triphala is the best remedy and must be taken recouse to if the patient suffers from it. The powders of the bark of bakula (Mimusops elengi) and babula (acacia arabica) should be used as tooth powders. The well-known Ayurvedic preparation dashana Sanskara Churna, for use as tooth powder, is of great efficacy in preventing any further deterioration in the condition of a patient of pyorrhea. Hot water mixed borax should be used for gargles. The gums should be rubbed with BHadramustadi Gutika.
Diet and Other Regimen
The patient is advised to increase intake of fruits and vegetables to increase the input of vitamins and minerals.
The patient should be gargle with alum regularly.