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Ouch. It hurts, shows up in close-up photos, and looks like there’s a murder scene in your mouth! Need more reasons to say goodbye to those bleeding gums?
It’s a hard life. And seeing a bit of blood while brushing certainly doesn’t make it any easier. Gums can bleed for a number of reasons, including:
Bleeding of the gums is usually an early sign of gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis (hello, bad breath and sensitive teeth), the second stage is called periodontitis, and the third is known as advanced periodontitis. If proper care is not taken, it can eventually lead to the loss of teeth.
The first thing you need to do when you spot blood oozing from the gums is to see your dentist. Having said that, there are a few things you can do to prevent and combat bleeding gums:
Oral hygiene – If proper oral hygiene is not followed, the number of bacteria in the mouth increase and cause plaque, ultimately causing gum disease. Sometimes, brushing too hard can also cause gums to swell and bleed.
Rinsing and gargling – Rinsing or gargling with warm salt water will help get rid of the bacteria in the mouth, leading to healthy teeth and gums. You can also mix water with 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide, alum, or lemon juice, and use as a rinse. Since alum is a natural antiseptic, it helps to tighten the gums, thereby reducing space for food particles to get stuck between the teeth and the gums.
Cold compress – If the bleeding has begun, applying a cold compress as (gentle) pressure will help to temporarily stop it by reducing blood flow. Take a few ice cubes or an ice pack, wrap it in a towel or cloth, and apply to the side of the mouth where bleeding has occurred.
Diet – A balanced diet will help keep your gums healthy and prevent inflammation, bleeding, and redness. Make sure to include good amounts of vitamin C and calcium in your diet. Remember, bacteria love carbs and sugar, so go slow on those.
Chill out – If you are constantly stressed, the cortisol levels in your body will rise. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone, and can cause inflammation and bleeding of the gums, while suppressing the body’s immune system. Take out some time for yourself, every day, to calm your mind and body down.
Apart from the above, you should also avoid smoking, as smoking irritates the gums and causes them to inflame. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol should also be avoided. Cloves or clove oil, both of which are known to work very well in the case of toothaches, may also be helpful in combating bleeding gums. You can also apply a used tea bag or honey to the affected areas. Tea contains tannins, and honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, both of which are helpful in controlling inflammation and bleeding.
Grandmaster Akshar, a world-renowned yoga practitioner, shares his secret behind mastering the craft - bringing it closer to your everyday living.
Yoga marks the perfect communion of the body and the soul. Integrating multiple elements of life to provide a holistic solution to mankind, yoga is one of the oldest forms of fitness regimens, rooted in Indian ancestral wisdom. The curative properties of yoga have been much deliberated about, but the more interesting aspect is its flexibility. One needn’t really designate a specific time or location to perform yoga. It can be performed by anyone, at any point of time. Be it at your workplace, while travelling, or even at the pool! Yoga can be fun, even off the mat. Given below are few ways to bring yoga closer to your lives:
1. In the morning – As soon as the alarm goes off early in the morning, instead of waking up with a frown, embrace the day with a smile, so you can look at the upcoming day as an enlightening experience. Concentrate on your breathing for a few minutes – this is an essential part of yoga, and try to enjoy the solitude. This will help you approach the challenges in your day-to-day life with restraint. Stretch your entire body to relax your muscles and joints, and enjoy the bliss of yoga right on your bed.
Sukshma Vyayam – Sukshma vyayam, or subtle exercises, can be practiced to gently mobilise your muscles and get the day started on an active note. Here is a simple torso movement for your upper back, shoulders, and neck:
Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) – Formation of the posture:
Caution – Perform this asana slowly and gently, with awareness on the stretch in the spine.
2. While commuting – Making a move to your day’s destination can be a hectic process. While everyone you see is on the run, you can try practicing mindfulness to let things fall into place. Taking deep breaths and counting the process can calm your nerves, and provide you with patience to deal with the rest of the day. Apply it while driving, walking to work, or taking a cab.
3. During work time – When you are busy working and planning your day-to-day activities, you tend to forget to give the much-needed care your body deserves. A few simple yoga poses can be practiced while sitting at your desk, just before a meeting, or while walking over to your client’s/boss’s office.
Malasana variation (Thigh stretch) – Kneel on the floor, placing your palms on a chair in front of you. Sit on your haunches, bringing your toes in. Lift your knees just above the floor and balance. Slowly inhale and look up, then exhale and look forward, finally bringing your head back centre.
Caution – Go slow while practising this asana if you have knee or ankle concerns.
Samakonasana (Back stretch) – Formation of the posture:
4. After a meal – Who doesn’t love a hearty meal? But what most of us don’t really bother about is the process that is initiated soon after the consumption of food. Only proper digestion can ensure healthy bowel movements, and your colorectal tract will be fit and fine. Sit in the following pose during a meal. A great asana for spine and digestion, this provides the digestive organs with a good internal massage and stretch.
Sukhasana (Cross-legged posture/Happy pose) – Formation of the posture:
Breathing methodology – Balanced breathing
Navigating back from the posture
Caution – Do not perform this pose in case of a severe leg problem, pain in the lower spine or sciatica, or severe knee problems.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose) – Formation of the posture:
Breathing methodology – Soft inhale-exhale.
Caution – Avoid this asana if you suffer from joint pain, arthritis, or any knee injury.
This is the only asana which can be done any time of the day. You can even do this right before or after eating.
5. While watching TV – After an exhausting day, all you need is some me-time, watching your favourite TV shows. You can try a few simple yoga stretches such as cow face pose, vajrasana etc., and build your muscle core even while enjoying your daily dose of entertainment.
Baddhakonsana variation (Butterfly pose/Chest-to-feet variation) – Formation of the asana:
Caution – Proceed slowly. If you feel pain or discomfort, come out from the posture, and resume after you feel comfortable.
Marjari asana (Cat pose) – Formation of the asana:
Benefits: This asana improves the flexibility of the neck, spine, and shoulders.
These poses will ensure that you are able to practice yoga asanas anywhere, at any time, and stay fit and flexible!
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Ayurveda is akin to making a lifestyle choice in order to maintain some balance in your life. According to ayurveda, here’s how you should eat your fruit, as poor food combinations and wrong timing do more harm than help. Here are a few guidelines:
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