Pyorrhoea is characterized by copius discharge of pus from the roots of the teeth and gums. The pus is often swallowed along with food and is absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract causing further diseases.


Pyorrhoea is caused by bacterial infections in oral cavity. Diseases like periodentitis, gingivitis and some chronic diseases cause pyorrhoea. Poor oral hygiene is the main cause of pyorrhoea in addition to indigestion and hyperacidity. When food particles remain in oral cavity for long time, they get rotten and provide ideal environment for growth of bacteria in oral cavity. These bacteria eventually infect gums, bones and dental ligaments and cause pyorrhoea.


  • Bleeding while brushing teeth
  • Tenderness, swelling on gums
  • Periodental abscess
  • Bad breath

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    Ayurvedic View

    From Ayurvedic perspectives, pyorrhoea reflects vitiation of rasa and rakta dhatus. This vitiation is caused by impaired digestion. The toxins produced during digestion mix with these two dhatus and then accumulate in gums and oral cavity. They come out during actions like brushing teeth. So pyorrhoea is treated as a certain body energy disorder in Ayurvedic terms, caused by poor digestion.

    Ayurvedic treatment consists of both internal and external medication. Digestion is restored with herbal treatments, which ensures the proper daily elimination of toxins. Cleansing herbs for the blood are administered and tooth powders recommended to eliminate pus formation and bleeding.

    Diet & Lifestyle Advice

    • People suffering from pyorrhoea need to make sure that their digestion runs porperly. For that they should maintain regularity in food timings, choose suitable food as per their constitution and perform physical exercises.
    • Sedentary life style, late night meals, day sleep should be avoided as they can disturb the digestion.
    • Foods that are heavy to digest and produce toxins in body (e.g. non-veg, pizza etc) should be minimized by the persons who suffer from pyorrhoea.
    • Oral hygiene should be maintained. Suitable tooth brush should be used to avoid injuries of gums.
    • Eating fresh fruits like guava, banana and orange help in maintaining better oral hygiene.

    Home Remedies

    • Use Ayurvedic tooth powders for prevention and cure of pyorrhoea.
    • Take 3-4 black raisins with water and a pinch of rock salt at bedtime. This helps to cure pyorrhoea.
    • Massage your gums with licorice root powder mixed with honey. It is good in pyorrhea.
    • Rub rock salt, powder of pomegranate rind or camphor powder on gums to improve oral hygiene and prevents pyorrhea.
    • Drink juices of carrot and spinach for relief in pyorrhoea.
    • Gargling with warm sesame oil or decoctions of Triphala or some other Ayurvedic herbs prevents infections in oral cavity and even help in curing pyorrhoea.
    • Applying sesame oil or mustard oil on gums and teeth reduces bacterial growth in oral cavity and prevents pyorrhoea.