School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Are you prone to a problem with 'Worn tops of teeth'?
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Worn tops of teeth occurs when enamel, the protective coating, starts to deteriorate. When this happens, the teeth can become sensitive and are more prone to decay. Teeth become somewhat worn from general use, but more advanced cases are caused by abrasion, attrition, or erosion.
Abrasion occurs when the teeth are worn away by a foreign object like chewing a pen or biting fingernails. Attrition occurs through tooth to tooth contact, such as when a person grinds and clenches their teeth. This is often a result of excess stress and anxiety, and is generally associated with Vata dosha. In some cases, teeth grinding can also occur due to an intestinal parasite. Erosion is the gradual loss of enamel due to acidic dissolution and is caused by a Pitta imbalance.
To reduce worn tops of teeth, it is important to first consult your dentist and find the root cause. If grinding and clenching teeth is the cause, begin to reduce any underlying stress and anxiety. To do so, start by following a Vata balancing diet and lifestyle. Ashwagandha is another useful aid to reduce Vata type anxiety and help the body cope with stress. A mouth guard can also act as a protective barrier between the top and bottom teeth. If erosion is the cause, consider reducing acid foods such as citrus fruits, sodas, candies, coffee and other Pitta provoking foods. For tooth erosion due to stomach acids, see these remedies for acid reflux.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Worn tops of teeth' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food in relation to qualities (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.