Saying ‘Aaahh’

10/29/2013 11:24:11 AM
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"Say Aaaahh….Put out your tongue." These instructions were commonly given by doctors to their patients at the start of every visit. They would then shine a torch into the patient's mouth and prod his tongue with a flat instrument. This preliminary examination of the oral cavity gave doctors a quick overall picture of the person's general health.
Though, with the development of sophisticated medical engineering technology, this simple health gauge is often ignored today, both modern medicine and ancient Indian healing systems acknowledge the importance of the mouth and the tongue as indicators of well-being or ill-health, as the case may be.
If the oral cavity is clean and healthy, general well-being is almost a certainty. Like all other health regimens, the mouth too requires a regular routine of cleansing to keep it in top condition. Ancient Indian wisdom prescribed a unique process using sesame oil for this purpose. The process can best be described as 'oil pulling'.
In line with the teachings of traditional Indian systems of medicine, the Idhayam Group has come out with Idhayam Wealth, sesame oil of the highest quality, meant specially for oil pulling, to safeguard health. After all, health is wealth.

A Healthy Mouth for a Healthy Body
"A healthy mouth and tongue signify a healthy body."
On the other hand, problems in the mouth, including the tongue, are often indications that all is not well somewhere else in the body. Or else, infections of the gum, teeth or tongue spread to other areas.
The mouth is usually fully of bacteria. This is quite normal, and as it was meant to be. If a person's immunity is high, these bacteria won't affect his health, as the body has enough defense mechanisms to keep them under control. Saliva, for instance, is a powerful weapon against bacteria and viruses. Also, the oral hygiene routines we are taught right from childhood, such as brushing teeth and rinsing the mouth, help prevent infections.
But sometimes, immunity dips. Then, these preventive and defensive mechanisms aren't enough, and infections set in. Gum disease, called Periodontitis, is the most common disease of the mouth, and reports say that 80 percent of adults all over the world suffer from this at one time or the other. It is usually caused by plaque. Plaque can contain as many as a whopping 400 different types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria, which also cause tooth decay, affect the gums if not checked.
Early and relatively minor indications of gum disease include bad breath, called halitosis, bleeding gums and shaky teeth.
But more dangerously, the bacteria, or the toxins they produce, can enter the bloodstream from the infected or inflamed gums, and cause other infections and affect organs, including the heart, lungs, stomach and the reproductive system. Over the years, research has linked bacteria in plaque to miscarriages and premature babies as well as to stomach ulcers.
An article in the Reader's Digest which quoted, among other sources, a study by Steven Offenbacher, director of the Centre for Oral and Systemic Diseases, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, claimed that people with periodontitis are twice as likely to die of heart attacks and three times as likely to die from strokes as those who don't suffer from the gum disease.

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