Alternative medicine still continues to generate interest especially for people who want to maintain their health in the long run. There have been studies that have confirmed the efficacy of some of the herbs. However, herbs are still not fully regulated. Also some claims have not been proven beyond reasonable doubt. It is therefore important to apply some level of caution when using some of these herbs. Here are some of the herbs used for oral care.
Tea tree oil Melaleuca alternifoli essential oil is historical recognized for its antibacterial properties. British explorer captain cook named it tea tree after he found some aboriginal men brewing tea with its leaves. He adopted this method of brewing tea to prevent his men from succumbing to dental problems such as scurvy.
Tea tree oil is known to be an effective antiseptic and it is also quite effective as an anti-inflamatory agent. It has been shown to have the ability to kill MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) in the lab. MRSA is a set of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
When it comes to dental care, tea tree oil has proven through studies to be quite effective in treating gum disease. It has also been shown to be effective in treating severe halistosis.Terpenoids are the active compounds in tea tree oil that give it these properties.
However, the main problem with tea tree oil is that it cannot and should not be swallowed. Swallowing it can cause a myriad of problems from drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, stomach upset amongst other side effects.
Neem is another herb that has been used for centuries and it is believed to have strong antibacterial properties. It was mainly used in ancient times by Indians practicing Ayurveda. Neem was one of the most widely used herbs in ancient India.
Neem is also considered to be an effective cure for addressing teeth and gum issues. People in South East Asia chewed on it, as a way to maintain clean their teeth regularly. It was also believed that neem had the ability to maintain dental health in the long run.
Mainstream medicine recognizes that Neem’s ability to maintain dental health. Neem is known to be particularly good for minimizing the accumulation of plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that accumulates on the enamel of the tooth, and on gums. Neem prevents the accumulation of plaque and therefore also prevents tooth decay.
There are many varieties of the herb that originated from different places around the world. Mint is a well known herb that is used on many different products from oral care products to chewing gum. As far as oral care is concerned, it is mainly known for its ability to eliminate bad breath.
However, the herb has many other beneficial properties. It is known for its anti-bacterial properties that can help to kill germs. It has an inhibiting function on the growth of bacterial in the mouth. It promotes better long term oral health. It not only eliminates bad breath, but also kills and prevents bacteria growth that is responsible for it.
Peelu is another herb that has been used for thousands of years for oral health. It is believed that the Prophet Muhammad encouraged his followers to use the herb for better oral health. Peelu is from a tree by the same name, which is also sometimes referred to as Salvadora persica arak.
There are many products that have Peelu fiber. They come in form of pastes, powders and are sometimes in toothpastes. Peelu is non abrasive and therefore does not damage the tooth’s enamel. Peelu helps to protect the teeth from plaque and keeps the teeth white.
Lavender is another herbal remedy that is used for teeth. Lavender is often used as an essential oil for easing pain and helping people relax and sleep. It is often rubbed on the gums to help manage pain as a result of teething in children or tooth decay. Like most essential oil, it needs to be diluted with alcohol, olive oil or coconut oil.
If you have any serious problem with your teeth it is best to consult a dentist. You can also ask your dentist for advice if you have doubts about these remedies