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Cleanse Your Mouth the Ayurvedic Way for Fresher Smelling Breath

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Let’s face it—nothing adversely affects first impressions more than a case of bad breath. And the worst part about it is that if you do have bad breath, you are the last to know about it. The stigma associated with bad breath is just one reason why good oral health care is so important and has to be maintained regularly. To help women maintain good oral hygiene, writer Caitlin Kiernan offers in the September issue of Women’s Health magazine these following Ayurvedic medicine techniques of cleansing your mouth for fresher smelling breath.

Ayurvedic Oral Cleansing Tip #1: Gandusha (Oil pulling)

The mouth provides a warm, moist environment that is ideal for bacterial growth during the night while sleeping. In addition, according to Ms. Kiernan, the lymph glands along the jaw and neck are busy filtering bacteria and toxins from the face, the nasal cavities and the pharynx, which adds to the gunk that passes through your mouth and gives you that pasty, morning-mouth feeling when you wake up.

To cleanse your mouth of these impurities, the Ayurvedic practice of Oil pulling is thought to work by cleansing out the gunk so that it does not remain in the mouth. According to cosmetic dentist Brian Kantor, D.D.S., he believes that it “…breaks down bacteria and draws toxins out of the salivary glands, trapping them in the oil,” which is then recommended to be spat into the toilet rather than the sink.

To properly oil-pull the gunk out of your mouth in the morning, take one tablespoon of organic oil such as coconut oil or cold-pressed sesame oil, and swish it around in your mouth for 10 minutes before spitting it out and proceeding onto the next step of your morning oral health care routine.

Ayurvedic Oral Cleansing Tip #2: Jiva Sodhana (tongue scraping)

Tongue scraping is not only an ancient practice for good oral health, but one that is also highly recommended by dentists to help lower the number of bacteria in the mouth, lessen the amount of plague that can accumulate on the teeth, and keep your gums healthy.

According to Ms. Kiernan, the added benefit of tongue scraping in the morning is that experts believe that it will unclog the pores on the tongue and allow you to taste more of your food and subsequently eat less because you will become satiated quicker than you would with a clogged tongue.

To ensure that you are scraping your tongue correctly, here is the recommended process:

1. Perform tongue scraping after oil pulling, but before brushing your teeth.

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2. Use a metal scraper that spans the width of the tongue.

3. Gently glide the scraper from the back of the tongue to the tip.

4. Gently glide the scraper along the sides of the tongue from back to front.

5. Repeat the scraping a few times making sure that you rinse off the scraper with each swipe.

6. Rinse your mouth out and then brush.

For more about good oral health, here are some article tips that will make first impressions good lasting ones:

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Reference: Women’s Health magazine September 2014 issue