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Human beings have been gifted with a pair each of eyes, nose, ears, and legs. These do their tasks in tandem, never separately. Like, if one leg walks in a particular direction, the other will never walk in the opposite direction. Similarly the eyes will see the same object; the ears will tune themselves to hear the same sound; both the nostrils will do the same function at a given time, i.e. either inhale or exhale. You can never inhale through one nostril and exhale through the other simultaneously.

But the mouth has been assigned to do two different tasks that of speaking and of eating. While too much speaking causes enough troubles of a different kind, indiscriminate overuse of the mouth for eating at improper times and the wrong type of food, can harm health too. Dental decay, bleeding gums and ulcers of the mouth, stomach disorders and obesity are some of the problems caused by the overuse of the mouth.

Teeth are an important component of the mouth. The food particles linger between the teeth after eating. The gums and the food particles present in the mouth cavity come in contact with each other and acid gets produced. This destroys the calcium found in the enamel of the teeth and decay of teeth sets in. Eating food with sugar content or refined food like cakes, chocolates, sweets and soft drinks also add to the damage.

If this condition is neglected for long, the decay in cavities penetrates the enamel of the teeth reaching the nerves. Once this is infected or inflamed, toothache and sensitive gums result.

Inflammation and ulcers

When inflammation of the gums (also known as gingivitis) sets in, there is redness and bleeding. Gingivitis also occurs when infection is accompanied by swelling.. invariably all teeth and gum diseases are the outcome of poor oral hygiene, faulty eating habits and sometimes due to nutritional deficiencies.

Ulcers and sores of the mouth are other disorders resulting due to indigestion, and by eating of spicy and pungent food.

General instructions for combating
disorders of the mouth

Rinse the mouth every time after eating anything. Since this is not always possible, would it not be wise to avoid frequent munching? If at all you must eat, select only fresh fruits or raw vegetables which also cleanse the teeth.

Avoid eating artificial food as much as possible.

  • Eat plenty of raw vegetables and fresh fruits and reduce the quantity of cooked and over cooked foods.
  • Develop the habit of eating any raw vegetable at the end of every meal.
  • Chew the food thoroughly and stop the habit of eating frequently.

Treatment for disorders of the mouth


Hot fomentations on the affected side of the face.

Mouth wash

  • Mix juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water and gargle three to four times a day.
  • Soak a few henna leaves in water for four hours and gargle with this water three to four times a day, to get relief from ulcers.
  • Soak a teaspoon of bishop weed powder (ajwain) and a pinch of salt in boiling water. Rinse the mouth after the water becomes warm.
  • Boil five or six cloves in a glass of water, reduce it to half, gargle and rinse the mouth when it becomes warm.

Massage for gums and teeth

  • Mix a pinch of camphor powder in a spoon of Indian gooseberry (anwla) juice and apply it on the gums and teeth to relieve toothache and infection in the gums.
  • Grind few cloves to paste, mix with lemon juice. Massage the gums with this paste.
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  • About The Author


    Gopakumar Nair belongs to a Hereditary Ayurvedic family of Kerala who were Practising Ayurveda and traditional Medicine for 200 Years . They can be traced back to over six generations. His experience under the guidance of his guru Valiya thampuraan has earned lot of trust and popularity.

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