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Causes and Symptoms: Pyorrhea is the most serious disorder to which the teeth and gums are susceptible. It is a condition in which (in the final stages of its development) pockets of purulent material from round the teeth which loosen them. Lack of roughage in the diet and inadequate care of the teeth like failure to brush them is the causative factor in pyorrhea. Food particles stagnate between the teeth and tartar is formed which leads to proliferation of the disease causing bacteria. It leads to suppuration of foul smelling matter from the gums and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. The gums become swollen and there are also gumboils and ulcers which are not only painful but also lead to falling of the teeth.

Oral hygiene is, of course, the most important factor for healthy teeth, but digestive disorders like constipation also play their part in dental disorders like pyorrhea. People with a constipated bowel are more prone to such disorders than others.

Preventive Steps: Like many other diseases, prevention is always better than cure in pyorrhea. Oral and dental hygiene is of the most vital importance. The teeth must be brushed either with a tooth brush or, better still, with a neem twig. Or, the twig of a Banyan tree should be used to brush the teeth, because the sap of the tree inhibits the formation of pus, because of its antiseptic qualities. Being astringent it also stops bleeding from the gums the following remedies are recommended for this pernicious disease:

Remedies: Two mashas each of fried Blue Vitriol and fried Alum and three mashas of Common Salt should be dissolved in a glass of water and the lukewarm water should be used as a mouth wash. Or, one or two rattis of Permanganate of potash should be dissolved in a glass of lukewarm water and used as a mouth wash three to four times daily.

Three tolas of the residue of Tobacco smoked in a hookah, six mashas of roasted Alum, one masha of Cloves and three mashas of roasted Blue Vitriol should be finely ground together and sifted. The rubbing should be done at least two to three times a day.

Regimen: Digestive disorders, if any, must be dealt with first before relief can be obtained from pyorrhea. The diet of the patent must be controlled; he should not eat refined foods, sugar candy or other confections or substances which have a tendency to stick to the teeth. Fruits containing vitamin C-guavas, pomegranates, oranges etc.-should be taken in large quantities. If fresh Amla is available it should be eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable. It is the largest store of vitamin C which is not destroyed by boiling or even frying.


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