Herbs for Dental Health

dental healthTaking care of your teeth is essential yet many do not realize that there are alternative remedies to over-the-counter mainstream products. Below are some herbs for dental health instead of conventional choices such as those that may be chemical and/or alcohol laced. Add one or more of these into your daily brushing and flossing routine as well as a healthy diet and it could have you smiling with your real pearly whites for as long as you live. Do check with your doctor before using any herbs to make sure they are safe for your personal health.

Anti-Bacterial

In some cultures it is not uncommon for people to use anti-bacterial “chewing sticks” to massage gums and floss teeth rather than brush. These sticks are derived from plants, trees and shrubs and are usually shredded for in-between access. Some anti-bacterial herbal players are::pine

  • Myrrh – A warming astringent and bacterial killer.
  • Propolis – A sticky resin derived from herbal harvesting of bees. It also acts as an anti-viral and can be used directly as a “liquid band-aid” for mouth sores.
  • Pine resin – Prepared “gum” can be chewed for anti-bacterial use.
  • Stevia – Used mainly as an an herbal sweetener, stevia is also an excellent antibacterial that you can add to water and swish around your mouth. It also helps minor stomach aches.

 

Astringents

Conventional astringents often contain alcohol, dyes, sugar and more. Their goal is to tighten the gums and kill germs. Herbal astringents can do the same without the additional synthetics.sage

  • Tormentil and Sage – These two extracts work as a dual gargle or swish remedy for gum inflammation.
  • Oak apple galls – These are irregular growths found on plants that when prepared into a powder contain upwards of 50% tannins. Tannins protect skin by absorbing toxins and can be used to reduce gum irritation.
  • Krameria – This tropical shrub acts similar to tannins and is especially good for spongy bleeding gums.

 

Anti-Microbial

Your mouth is like a petri dish for millions of microbes. Keep away these interlopers by using one or more of anti-microbial herbal extracts.

  • plaintainBloodroot – The extract from this plant from eastern U.S. woodlands has been linked to reducing decay and plaque buildup.
  • Plantain – This is a remedy from the banana family which has the potential to prevent microbes especially during an inflamed abscess.
  • Usnea – This is a lichen (an algae fungus) that some consider stronger than penicillin when used against strep throat or oral staph infection.

 

Herbs for Dental Health Research

One research study by the New York University College of Dentistry and published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry found that after a three-month, examiner-blinded, parallel-group clinical trial, “The results of this study support the clinical efficacy of Herbal Mouth and Gum Therapy in reducing gingivitis and gingival bleeding.”

Talk to your doctor or a reputable herbalist before using herbs for dental health and possibly allow your body to embrace the powerful healing of botanical remedies.

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