A Beautiful Smile
We learned the benefits of waking up during Brahma Muhurtha in the previous blog. So, what do you do after waking up at Brahma Muhurtha? Our acharyas have provided the answer to the above question with a detailed explanation.
According to Acharya Vagbhata, after waking up at Brahma Muhurtha, one should analyze their own body for a while and be clean after the evacuation of excreta from the body. The next step to be followed is brushing the teeth. Cleansing of the teeth is termed as “Dantadhavana”. Dantadhavana should be done by using a brush of 12 Angula (approx. 9 inches) length and having a diameter of the tip of one’s little finger. Plants that are used for brushing teeth should be either Kashaya (astringent), Katu (acrid), or Tiktha (bitter) rasas. The plants suggested are Arka (Calotropis gigantea), Nyagrodha (Ficus benghalensis), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Karanja (Pongamia pinnata), Kakubha (Terminalia arjuna). It is advised to brush your teeth after every meal. Care should be taken not to hurt the gums.
Acharya Sushrutha has listed the drugs that can be used for brushing teeth and selected the best drug among each rasa. The best drug among each rasa is as follows.
– Madhuka (Madhuca indica) – Among Madhura rasa dravyas
Acharya Charaka has further described the benefits of Dantadhavana. It helps to eliminate bad odour and removes the sludge deposited over teeth, tongue, and mouth and thus improves taste perception.
Now, we know about the benefits and the method to be followed for Dantadhavana. But did you know that brushing teeth is contraindicated in certain conditions? Some of the conditions in which Dantadhavana is contraindicated are when the patient is suffering from Indigestion, Vomiting, Asthma, Cough, Stomatitis, Facial Palsy, Cardiac Disorders, Eye Diseases, Diseases of the head and ears.
Thus, we got to know a lot of information about brushing teeth as mentioned in our classics. Brushing teeth is not a new practice but an age-old tradition followed right from medieval times. The methods might have changed but the aim remains the same.
Hope you all had a great time reading about the benefits of Dantadhavana. Let’s make it a habit to brush our teeth twice a day and maintain good oral hygiene.
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Dr. Soumya S
Hailing from Bengaluru, Dr. Soumya S is one of the well known doctors from the city. She has finished her B.A.M.S from the prestigious college of Rajiv Gandhi University of health sciences. She has also taken training to be a yoga instructor.