Teeth sensitivity is a common condition that vexes a large number of people today. We find it most distressing when tooth sensitivity comes between us and our favorite food. The moment we put a morsel of our favorite food in our mouth, we would writhe in pain due to hypersensitivity of teeth.
Ayurveda speaks about 17 varieties of dental diseases.
Tooth sensitivity is known as ‘Sheeta dantha’ in Ayurveda. It is a condition when ‘Vata’ in the body gets inflamed and causes a soothing effect when the teeth come in contact with hot foodstuffs and irritation when the teeth come in contact with cold eatables. It is accompanied by an excruciating pain similar to that of a pinprick.
In this condition, the teeth cannot bear sour and cold foodstuffs. Ayurveda prescribes a number of treatments for tooth sensitivity. One option is to make the teeth perspire by applying hot water. Rub the root of the teeth with your hand. Then, dip a wick in moderately heated gingerly oil, and pour a few drops of oil onto the gum of the teeth.
Gargle with moderately heated gingerly oil. Make a paste by mixing honey and ghee with powdered njazhal poovu (Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl), tender jamun fruit, pomegranate rind, triphala peel, dried ginger, epsom salt and muthanga (cyperus); and apply the paste on the gums. After 20 minutes, gargle with moderately warm water. Gargling with a concoction made of ‘nalpamara’ peel is yet another means to relieve yourself of tooth sensitivity.