CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF ROLE OF KAVALA AND GANDUSHA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF HALITOSIS
AbstractOral hygiene is an important factor which has a significant impact on quality of life. Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems, most commonly, dental cavities, gingivitis, periodontal diseases and bad breath. Halitosis is unpleasant breath, regardless of its sources, oral or non-oral. Concern about halitosis is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for people to seek dental care. According to American Dental Association, 50% of the adult population has suffered from oral malodour disorder, while 25% appear to have a chronic problem. In about 90% of the genuine cases, origin of the odour is in the mouth itself. Hence oral hygiene plays a major role in controlling halitosis. Though there is no separate chapter in Ayurveda describing Mukha Swasthya, oral hygiene practices like dantadhavana, jihvanirlekhana, kavala, gandusha are explained as daily routine under the heading of dinacharya. Kavala and gandusha are said to improve the oral hygiene and prevent various diseases of oral cavity. Here an attempt has been made to review the importance of kavala and gandusha in the management of oral halitosis.
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