Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pyorrhea Causes and Whitening Teeth Remedies

Periodontitis, more popularly known as pyorrhea, is a condition in which blood and pus comes out from the gums. It affects people of all ages and is basically caused by bacterial activity on the gums that cover the teeth.

Constant redness of the gums that aggravates while brushing, flossing or biting into hard foods, presence of blood in the interspaces between the teeth, bad breath, swelling of the gums, recession of the gums, loosening of the teeth from the gums and pain in biting and chewing food are some of the symptoms of pyorrhea.

 It is the foremost reason for the loss of teeth in old age. Poor nutrition, improper cleaning, drugs, certain medication and infections of the teeth are some of the causes of pyorrhea. However, pyorrhea can be easily treated with natural ways. In the following lines, we have listed some home remedies for treating pyorrhea.

Causes of Pyorrhea

Pyorrhea can be linked to several causes.  One of the primary causes of pyorrhea is a bacterial infection in the mouth.  Another is an injury caused to the gums such as using a toothpick incorrectly.  What a person consumes and indulges in can also cause pyorrhea.  People who do not eat a healthy diet, people who lack vitamin C and those that smoke, drink or use drugs can get pyorrhea.

Symptoms of Pyorrhea:-

1.    Constant redness of the gums, which becomes aggravated when brushing, flossing or biting into hard foods such as nuts

2.    Presence of blood in the interspaces between the teeth

3.    Bad breath

4.    Swelling of the gums, this may appear and disappear continually

5.    Recession of the gums, which may make the teeth appear longer than they really are

6.    Loosening of the teeth from the gums

7.    Pain in biting and chewing food

Useful Herbs for Whitening of Teeth

Babul (Acacia arabica)

The importance of babul in whitening of teeth cannot be expressed in words. It is so much important in Ayurveda for this purpose that the ancient Indians used nothing but the twigs of the babul (the other tree used for this is neem) as disposable toothbrushes. The tannin present in babul is effective in increasing the whiteness of teeth.

Banyan (Ficus religiosa)

The aerial roots of the banyan can also be used as disposable toothbrushes. The banyan roots have astringent properties, which not only make the teeth whiter, but also make the teeth and gums healthier.

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

The vegetation of the holy basil are dried out in the sun and powdered and use for brushing teeth. The leaves help in maintaining dental hygiene and make the teeth whiter. Apart from the whitening properties, holy basil is also used for protection from problems such as pyorrhea (i.e. bleeding of gums).

Margosa (Azadirachtha indica)

The neem tree, or the margosa, is a traditional remedy for having white healthy teeth. Neem twigs are used by several Indians even today as toothbrushes. Neem oils contain astringent and antiseptic properties to fight bad breath, kill microorganisms accumulated on the teeth and to combat dental caries and cavities.

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