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Is Oral health really Important in Covid-19?

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Covid -19 outbreak is now no more breaking news! We are in this mess for more than a year. Every person has their opinion on the precautions and cares to be taken in Covid, and some of us are even fed up with trying new adventures every day and ending up nowhere.

But, think How does the Covid virus enter the host body? The answer is there are two gateways for covid to enter. 

First, via nostrils and second by the mouth, when the infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or sings their saliva, respiratory secretions, and droplets spread and choose another host body to infect.

But things get worse when the virus enters the mouth and the oral hygiene is poor, the virus stays for a longer time. Imagine a housefly will be attracted by the garbage and stay for a longer time and not on the sparkling and clean places, similar is the case with the covid virus. 

British Journal report on skin and tongue abnormalities in some covid patients reports inadequate oral hygiene can increase the risk of inter-bacterial exchanges between the lungs and the mouth.

Oral hygiene is important and it is even more crucial in the covid times 

Here is How we can keep up our health according to Ayurveda 

Ayurveda is an age-old system for health care and longevity. Ayurveda uses the herbs for tacking any health problems, some of them are

Neem: Neem is a tree majorly found in the Indian subcontinent and some parts of Africa. Its bark, leaves, and seeds are used for medicinal purposes. Neem contains a chemical that is used to fight ulcers, kills bacteria, and prevents plaque formation in the mouth. The ancient era reflects the use of Neem twigs for brushing because while chewing the twigs emits an ant-bacterial agent which mixes with saliva and prevents harmful microbes and prevents bacterial growth on the teeth.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a delicious spice used in culinary and oral health. It has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties to protect against decay, bad breath, and infections. Cinnamon has high aldehyde content and is an astringent which contracts, firms, and strengthens oral tissues, also recognized extensively as a painkiller and soothes toothaches.

Triphala: The mixture of three ingredients Amlaki (Amla), Vibhitaka, Haritaka has antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Triphala is proven to reduce streptococci, a bacterium responsible for dental decay.

Yashtimadhu: Also known as Liquorice has two predominant compounds licroricidin and licorisoflayan are found to be most active in preventing cavity causing bacteria. It is known to heal the bleeding gums and healing wounds, increase saliva formation, and cultivate effective secretion enabling easy digestion. 

Eucalyptus: It is an extract from leaf containing a good amount of Ethanol and Macrocarpal C (polyphenol) lower bacteria levels that cause gum disease

Laung or Clove:  Clove is an age-old remedy used by our Dadi Nani, it works as ad antiseptic and anesthetic, contains Eugenol which has numbing capability, and helps in tooth extraction. It not only numbs the gums but also relieves from tooth pain and bad breath as well 

Babool:  Babool is found in dry and sandy parts, same as clove it is also used in datum for brushing the teeth and regular use of Babool strengthen gums, and get rid of the plague. Babool helps to fight germs and heals ulcers.

Apart from the above herbs, there are basic herbs like Turmeric (Haldi), Pippali, Pudina, Bakul, Vajradanti, Peppermint, Lavender, etc. for oral health and well-being. 

So, take care of your gums and the teeth because they are the gateways for all you eat, so however healthy you eat if the gums and teeth are not healthy, so does the food and by and large, it will not absorb in your body as it should. The above mentioned herbs are available in Himalaya HiOra Toothpaste, so if you don’t want the hassle of using individual herbs than brush your teeth twice daily using this toothpaste.

(Source : https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/simple-oral-hygiene-could-help-reduce-covid-19-severity-study-finds/82179431)

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