Ayurvedic Recommendations for Bad Breath
According to AYURVEDA because the mouth is governed by the Kapha Dosha, bad breath, or halitosis, is a Kapha disorder. However, because digestion is governed by the Pitta Dosha, Pitta is also indirectly responsible. When the digestive fire, or agni, is not functioning properly, our digestion is off, which could lead to bad breath.
Improperly-digested food, known as ama in Ayurveda, coats the surfaces of the digestive tract and is the fodder that allows these unhealthy bacteria to thrive. Bad breath is caused bacteria in the mouth decomposes the residue of food and releases sulfur. The sulfur is what smells bad. Bacteria can live in the spaces of the teeth, or on the tongue. Oral hygiene and balanced digestion are the first lines of defense in keeping your breath fresh.
What to do? Ayurveda recommends that after we clean our teeth (after every meal or at least twice a day), that we also clean our tongues by using a tongue scraper. This is a U-shaped instrument, usually made out of stainless steel, that helps to remove bacteria from the tongue. Clove is commonly used in dental treatments. Because of its pungent taste, it is great at balancing Kapha, which helps to fight bad breath. Tulsi, or Holy Basil, can also be used to treat bad breath. Just chew a few fresh leaves right off the plant. To prevent bad breath, flavor foods with cardamom & clove.
Saliva flow also plays a role. Saliva helps remove bacteria and debris from the mouth. Breathing through the mouth, drinking alcohol and certain medications can contribute to a saliva deficiency. Drink lots of water throughout the day. It helps by keeping your system hydrated, allowing your body to efficiently flush out accumulated waste and allowing efficient transfer of nutrients and blood flow.
If you can’t brush and floss after every meal, at least brush twice a day, and gargle after eating.
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