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DANTADHAVANA AN AYURVEDIC APPROACH IN MAINTANCE OF ORAL HEALTH-A REVIEW

Vikrant Pawar*, Amol Waghmare and Satish Chapadgaonkar

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Ayurveda, the science of life has been practiced in India from Vedkala. The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the healthy state of an individual and cure of the diseases. Oral diseases continue to be a major health problem world-wide with the incidence of oral cancer and other disorders are on the rise in developing countries. Oral health also reflects the body health. modern medicine has had only limited success For prevention and the treatment of oral diseases. There is a global need for safe and effective alternative prevention and treatment. To achieve these goals Ayurveda described Dinacharya (Daily routine) in detail. Ayurveda recommends some daily use therapeutic procedures - Upakrama for the maintenance of oral health. Recently, there is renewed trend in use of Ayurvedic drugs for oral health. Various Ayurvedic herbal products have been used for their pharmacological applications viz. antiulcer, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and have been proven to be safe and effective for oral disease and hygiene including various therapeutic Ayurvedic procedures. Scientific validations of the Ayurveda oral health practices could justify their incorporation into modern oral care. In this paper, an attempt has been made to scientific evidence based review of Dantadhavana for the prevention and maintenance of oral health and hygiene mentioned in Ayurveda in context of dental plaque, dental calculus, and malodour.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Oral health and hygiene, Dantadhavana.


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