Dantadhavana, aka: Danta-dhavana, Dantadhāvana; 7 Definition(s)
Dantadhavana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Dantadhāvana (दन्तधावन) or Radadhāvana refers to “cleaning the teeth”, to be performed after morning-prayers, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.13, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] after repeating these words of prayer and remembering the sandals of the preceptor he shall go out to the southern direction for answering the calls of nature (malamūtra). Cleaning the body thereafter with earth and water and washing his hands and feet he shall clean the teeth (dantadhāvana). Cleaning of the teeth shall be completed before sunrise. He shall gargle sixteen times with so many mouthfuls of water. O celestial sages, the Tithis of Ṣaṣṭhī, navamī as well as new moon days and sundays are forbidden for cleaning the teeth (radadhāvana) with tooth brush twigs”.Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Ayurveda (science of life)
Dantadhāvana (दन्तधावन, “cleaning the teeth”):—One should brush the teeth early in the morning as well as immediately after having food without causing pain or injury to the gums. In the Aṣṭāṅga-saṇgraha, the following procedure is given for brushing the tooth: “vāpya trivarga tritaya...”. Vāpya means Kuṣṭha (Saussurea lappa), Trivarga, Tritaya means three groups of 3-3 drugs viz:
- Trikaṭu (śuṇṭhī, marica, pippalī),
- Triphalā (harītakī, āmalakī, vibhītakī),
- Trijātaka (tvak, elā, patrī).
Take the fine powders powders of the above drugs and prepare paste by mixing honey. Then use the paste for brushing the tooth with the help of twigs by rubbing without causing injury to the gums. The lower row of teeth should be brushed initially and then the upper row is to be followed.
Twigs useful for cleaning of the teeth:
- Arka (Calotropis procera),
- Nyagrodha (Ficus bengalensis),
- Khadira (Acacea catachu),
- Karañja (Pongamia pinnata),
- Kakubha (Terminalia arjuna),
- Karavīra (red, Nerium indicum),
- Sarja (Vateria indica),
- Irimeda (Acacia farnesiana),
- Apāmārga (Achyranthus aspera),
- Mālatī (Jasminum grandiflorum).
Twigs seful for brushing should hae 12 inches of length with the circumference of a little finger. They should be straight and devoid of nodes. They should be collected from sacred places. Twigs having kaṭu, tikta and kaṣāya for Rasa (i.e., pungent, bitter and astringent tastes) are good for brushing.Source: archive.org: Astanga Hrdayam
Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Dantadhāvana literally means ‘cleaning the teeth’. It is one of the earliest acts in one’s daily routine. It is generally done with a small piece of a twig with its bark, taken from certain specified plants or trees having medicinal properties after shaping it like a toothbrush by crushing one of its ends. Sages were very particular about personal hygiene since cleanliness of the body and the surroundings was conducive to the cleanliness and peace of mind. Hence, the writers of the dharmaśāstras have dealt with this aspect of one’s life, generally grouped under the titles āhnika and ācāra, in meticulous detail.Source: Hindupedia: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
dantadhāvana (दंतधावन).—n S Cleaning the teeth.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
dantadhāvana (दंतधावन) [-prakṣālana, -प्रक्षालन].—n śuddhi f Cleaning the teeth.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
1) cleaning or washing the teeth; अभ्यङ्गोन्मर्दनादर्शदन्तधावाभिषेचनम् (abhyaṅgonmardanādarśadantadhāvābhiṣecanam) Bhāg.11. 27.35.
2) a tooth-brush. (-naḥ) 1 the Bakula tree.
2) the Khadira tree.
Derivable forms: dantadhāvanam (दन्तधावनम्).
Dantadhāvana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms danta and dhāvana (धावन). See also (synonyms): dantadhāva.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-naṃ) 1. A tooth brush, or a fibrous stick used for cleaning the teeth. 2. Cleaning the teeth. m.
(-naḥ) 1. A tree yielding an astringent resin, (Mimosa catechu.) 2. A plant, (Mimusops elengi) see vakula. E. danta a tooth, and dhāv to clean, affix lyuṭ .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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