Tooth decay and cavities are caused by eating too many sugary foods and not maintaining good oral hygiene.
- Children are overly fond of sweets, but if you indulge them, it could lead to complications.
- Plaque, caused by bad oral hygiene, is one of the major cause of cavities.
- Gum massage is an excellent way to ease swollen gums, toothache and bleeding gums.
Kids love candies, soft drinks, and sweets, but you as a parent know that such foods are terrible for their oral health. Tooth decay leads to cavities, which are incredibly painful.
Here are some of the causes of tooth decay
- A lot of sugary foods.
- Not brushing properly.
- Plaque, caused by bad oral hygiene, is also a cause of cavities.
The Ayurvedic Approach to Good Dental Health
1. Chew on Neem Stems
The antibacterial properties of neem make it an excellent way to combat tooth decay. Pick a small, soft, leafless stem and ask your kid to chew on the end.
2. Oil pulling
Long used in India to maintain good oral health, all you have to do is take some sunflower (surajmukhi), sesame (til), or coconut (nariyal) oil in your mouth and swish it in your mouth as if you were rinsing with it.
3. Gum massage
Combine 2 teaspoons of mustard oil with a ¼ teaspoon of salt and use this to gently massage your gums in a circular motion. This is an excellent way to ease swollen gums, toothache, and bleeding gums.
4. Gargle with salt
Simply gargling with a cup full of warm water that has half a spoon of salt dissolved in it will help you prevent tooth decay.
Oral hygiene should be inculcated into children from an early age so that their teeth remain strong and healthy through life. But if your kid is experiencing severe pain or any other problem with this teeth and gums, you should consult a Jiva doctor. Dial 0129-4040404 from your mobile phone or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in the Jiva Health App.