Your tongue is such an important diagnostic tool that Ayurveda recommends you check your tongue every day. Assess your tongue by coating, color, the thickness of your saliva, and the cracks on your tongue. A thick coating means that you have toxins, or ama in your blood. You may notice that you have bad breath whenever you have a thick coating on your tongue. The color of the coating indicates the nature of the toxins in your gut. Also check the color of the tongue itself. A pale tongue may indicate anemia. A bright tongue indicates heat conditions. Thick saliva indicates thick blood, due to dehydration or too many sweets. Cracks indicate the quality of your digestive tract.
Teeth should be a bright white. If they appear yellowish or gray, that is also a sign of toxins. To be thorough, check the color of the back of the throat and the underside of the tongue as well. Even if you don't know what the signs means, check your tongue in the mirror every day.
To keep your mouth healthy, brush your teeth, floss, and scrape your tongue every day. Avoid foods that leave a bad taste in your mouth 20 minutes later. Avoid chewing gum.
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Loss of taste and flavor makes it hard for you to choose the right foods for your body. Impaired taste can cause you to eat too little and lose weight, or it could make you eat too much and gain weight. Impaired taste can predispose you to using too...
The body doesn't make foul odors. As blood sugar levels rise, saliva becomes sweet, feeding bacteria in the mouth. Thus, sweet foods cause bad breath. These bacteria produce waste products that have a foul odor. Bacteria will also feed on a thick...
A sour taste in the mouth could indicate acid reflux.
The body doesn't make foul odors. Sweet foods cause a foul taste on the tongue. As blood sugar levels rise, saliva becomes sweet, feeding bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria produce waste products that have a foul odor. Bacteria will also feed on a...
A sweet taste on the tongue is experienced when the saliva tastes noticeably sweet. It is caused by elevated blood sugar levels, often due to a rich, sweet diet. A sweet taste on the tongue may follow an infection in the sinus, nose, or throat. This...
Blood has a metallic taste. Bleeding gums, gastrointestinal bleeding and acid reflux may cause a metallic taste.
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A hoarse voice could be a sign of acid reflux, smoking, stuffed nose, dry air, dry palate, overuse of the voice, and upper respiratory infection. The vagus nerve also affects the muscles and tension in the vocal chords.
A popping or clicking jaw is generally related to stress making the jaw tense, poor alignment of the neck and spine. The jaw is related to the throat chakra issue - responsible for filtering as well as integrating thoughts, desires and moral reasoning.
Sores inside the mouth are often a sign of inflammation throughout the GI tract. Acidic foods like tomato or vinegar, irritating foods like coffee or chilis may aggravate intestinal mucosa, or flareups of intestinal bacteria may cause inflammation.
Herpes are aggravated by stress and other immune depressants.
Gum inflammation is often secondary to either toxicity (Vata or Pitta type), or sweet blood (Kapha Type). Sweet blood, or blood high in sugar, is attractive to the organisms that cause tooth decay.
Bacteria naturally proliferate when the blood is sweet or rich after sweet or rich foods. This is especially true for the gums, which are exposed to the outside air. Toxicity in the blood further irritates tissues, making them vulnerable to infectious...
Bleeding gums may be a sign of infection in the gums, often due to inadequate flossing or food stuck between the teeth.
Tooth discoloration is when the teeth are an abnormal hue, color, or translucency. It can be caused by stain producing substances such as tobacco, coffee, red wine, and sodas. Aging can also cause changes in the color of tooth enamel.
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Yellow teeth could indicate high levels of bilirubin in the blood, and implies aggravated Pitta in the liver.
Dental surgery is a medical procedure performed on the teeth and jaw bone. Missing teeth can significantly impact your ability to chew food. Improperly chewed food can sit undigested in the GI tract, leading to gas, bloating, and the formation of...
Braces are used to straighten and reposition misaligned teeth. Dentures are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. The need for braces has become more common in recent years due to a diet of highly processed foods, especially sugar. In...
Gray teeth indicates Vata type toxic buildup. The most common cause of Vata ama is constipation, gas and bloating.
Bacteria love sweet blood. When the blood is sweet, bacteria proliferate even after brushing the teeth.
Dental amalgam is a substance commonly used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It is made from a mixture of metals, containing 50% mercury.
These fillings release low levels of mercury vapour that is absorbed into the body. The FDA have deemed...
A toothache can be a sign of a tooth infection, or cavity. Toothache may be more severe after a meal, especially sugary foods.
Sweet, thick Kapha blood is very attractive to microbes. Soon after brushing the teeth, these microbes proliferate in the mouth once again. Indigestion creates toxicity that is especially attractive to infectious diseases.
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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...
A tooth fracture is a cracked or broken tooth. It is commonly caused by severe force that compromises the protective layers of the tooth - enamel and dentin. A tooth can also crack from general wear and tear. Tooth fractures can lead to considerable...
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A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. This procedure usually occurs after several instances of tonsillitis, or when the tonsils are enlarged and causing an obstruction. Tonsils are round masses of lymph tissue at the back of the...
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