Integrative approach for Oral Precancerous Lesions
Dental Caries (Tooth decay, cavities)
Cavities in the teeth is a dreadful reality for people in all age groups. That fearsome drill in the dental clinic, anticipation of excruciating pain and inability to eat their favorite food makes them look for alternatives to treat cavities without going to the dentist. Unfortunately, it is not possible. Teeth are the only tissue in the body which do not repair or regenerate themselves like skin and all other tissues. So, if a part of a tooth is lost due to a cavity, it is permanently lost and you have to go to a dentist to get a filling in the cavity.
However, we can prevent dental decay or cavities. But this has not been successful in India
Epidemiological/point prevalence studies conducted (among index age groups) in various parts of India from January 2000 to April 2016 show that the mean prevalence of dental caries is almost similar at 5 years and 12 years at 49% while it shows steady increase from 15 years (60%) to 35-44 years (78%) and peaks at 65-74-year group (84%).
What are the Trends in dental caries in Indian children for the past 25 years?
A systematic literature search was conducted to find studies done on dental caries prevalence in children in India from the year 1992–2016. It suggests that more than half of Indian children have been affected by dental caries. There is a skewed distribution of caries among Indian children.
There are multiple reasons for this situation.
1. Fear of pain from dental procedures
2. Dental treatments are very expensive, most people cannot afford it.
3. There is no Dental insurance in India
4. In rural India (72% of population) there is 1 dentist to 2.5 lac people and inadequate dental facilities.
5. Most importantly, we do not consider teeth as important as other organs of the body.
This neglect of oral hygiene combined with bad eating habits and fear of dental procedures result in delay in the treatment, complications of cavities like swelling, pus and severe pain. This require more expensive treatments like root canal therapy to save the tooth.
Ayurveda and Dental caries:
It will be interesting to know that cavities or dental decay and its prevention and treatments were thoroughly described in ancient scriptures thousands of years ago and are being practiced even today by Ayurveda doctors.
Below is a shloka and its translation about dental caries:
कृ षचिदशल: सावी ससंरमो महारज: l वा. उ. २१-१८, १९.
अनिनमतरजो वातानिजेय: कृ नमदनक: ll
समूलं दंतमानित दोषैरलणमारतै: l
शोनषते मनज सुनषरे दंतेऽनमलपूररते ll
पूनततातृ मय: सूका जायंते जायते तत: l
अहेतुतीवानतिशम: ससंरंभोऽनसतशल: ll
पभूतपूयरकसु स चोक: कृ नमदंतक: l
Vitiated vata along with vitiated pitta and kapha gets localized on the surface of the teeth and slowly destroys the tooth giving rise to black discoloration and cavities in the teeth.
Food material and dirt accumulate in these cavities and give rise to proliferation of germs which further enhance the process of destruction and reaches nerve ending. The patient suffers from severe excruciating pain. When the destruction reaches the bones and gums pus and blood ooze from the region of carious teeth.
Ayurveda can be very useful in prevention of dental caries. It has very effective protocols for preventive Oral health. These are affordable, easily available, simple to follow and offer long term health benefits. Visit www.intedent.co.in and consult Ayurveda specialists for Ayurveda preventive oral care regime
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