Oral Health – Are You Unknowingly Harming Yourself? Hidden Dangers of Conventional Mouthwash and How Ayurveda Can Save You

Oral Health

Dr. Nathan Bryan, from the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and colleagues published a study that is quite revealing in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology: It turns out that mouthwash can kill “good” bacteria in the oral cavity which are vital for healthy blood pressure levels. This realization calls for revisiting our typical oral hygiene/Oral Health habits and embracing more natural alternatives of Ayurveda.

Oral Health
Hidden Dangers of Conventional Mouthwash

Research Findings

One thing Dr. Bryan’s work shows is that while mouthwash does effectively destroy harmful bacteria, it also wipes out helpful ones inadvertently. It is important to note that these good bacteria produce nitric oxide, a molecule necessary for controlling blood pressure. Traditional mouthwash may lead to higher blood pressure as it kills off such good microbes hence creating health risks over long periods of time.

Here are some tips which will help you maintain good oral hygiene and you can also find solutions to some common oral health issues.

Most of us do not like going for regular dental check-ups. This causes toothaches, decay, and gum infections. It’s unpleasant and expensive. In certain countries, oral disorders are the fourth most costly conditions to treat (WHO). If not addressed, they may have an influence on overall health. For example, long-standing gum disease hampers the control of diabetes, and too many bacteria in the teeth create inflammation in the body.

However, Ayurveda recommends a few everyday routines to assist you prevent the consequences of poor oral care. These activities not only help to prevent and treat many oral disorders, but they also improve digestion and taste.

1. Chew a Neem Twig

Neem has antimicrobial properties. When chewed, the neem twig dispels its antibacterial agents into your saliva hence killing harmful bacteria and preventing bacterial buildup on the teeth.

How to do it:

  • Choose a twig that is about as thick as your little finger.
  • Remove its bark.
  • Chew one end of it so that it becomes like a brush, spitting out any saliva accumulated in between.
  • Brush your gums and teeth with the chewed part.
  • Spit out any fibers left after you are through.

2. Herbal Tooth and Gum Rub

Tooth enamel gets cleaned using herbs or spices directly applied onto them, thus curing or preventing certain teeth disorders.

How to do it:

  • Use ground ginger, common salt, guava leaves or mango leaves.
  • Apply the mixture onto your teeths.

Alternatively, you can mix oil with salt then rub it on your gums and teeth to make them strong.

3. Oil Pulling

Swirling oil in your mouth removes tiny organisms from the gums and jaws in addition to relieving you of mouth ulcers while strengthening mouth muscles too if done properly.

How to do it:

  • Utilize sesame seeds or coconut oil for this purpose only
  • Move around the oil within your mouth for 15 up to 20 minutes then dash it away.

4. Cleaning the Tongue

The build-up of toxins and bacteria on your tongue causes bad breath. By cleaning your tongue you can remove these toxins, have a fresh breath as well as improve taste and digestion.

How to do it:

  • Using a tongue scraper wipe over your tongue.

5. Herbal Mouth Rinse

Oral hygiene including mouth ulcers is maintained by using a decoction of Triphala or Yashtimadhu.

How to do it:

  • Boil Triphala or Yashtimadhu in water until the volume becomes half.
  • Wait for it to become lukewarm.
  • Use as a mouth rinse.


Dr Bryan’s study findings reinforce the importance of thinking about how our oral hygiene choices affect our overall health. Embracing Ayurvedic practices like oil pulling and the use of natural herbal products enable us to achieve optimal oral health while still maintaining our body’s delicate balance.

When these Ayurvedic therapies are introduced into your daily schedule, this will not only give you healthier gums but also enhance general wellbeing. It is time to reconsider our approach when dealing with oral hygiene so that we go for answers that follow natural processes, promoting long-term wellness in this context.


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Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Consult a qualified healthcare professional before starting any Ayurvedic treatment or making changes to your healthcare routine.

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