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Natural Dental Care for Healthy Teeth

Keep chemicals off our pearly whites with these natural dental care tips.

| March/April 2013

  • Green tea offers numerous health benefits, among them inhibiting the growth of oral bacteria.
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  • Herbs can help fight tooth decay and gum disease when taken as a tincture or incorporated into homemade dental care products.
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When it comes to healthy teeth and gums, keep one word in mind: prevention. Because many dental problems are the result of gum disease, focus on keeping your gums healthy with natural dental care.

An estimated 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum or periodontal disease, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Regular dental visits (every six months is recommended for most) can treat the disease at its earliest stages, keeping your teeth healthy—and helping you spend less time in the dentist’s chair.

Helpful Herbs

Plaque, the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease, starts building up about 20 minutes after eating. The first steps in reducing plaque buildup and maintaining oral health are basic care: Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss under the gumline once a day.

Used in combination with good basic dental care, healing herbs can bolster oral health. Herbalist Christopher Hobbs recommends taking diluted bloodroot tincture to protect teeth and gums against oral bacteria. Myrrh tincture helps strengthen gums and combat tooth and gum infections, and echinacea tincture helps the body fight oral bacteria, he says. Take tinctures of these herbs daily, following the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Aloe vera gel, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial healer, can help treat gum inflammation. Apply a small amount of aloe gel to the affected area several times daily, says Laurel Vukovic, an Ashland, Oregon-based author and herbalist.

Vukovic also recommends neem, an herb with antimicrobial properties that can help strengthen gums and prevent plaque. Neem is found in some natural toothpastes and mouthwashes.

3/14/2018 7:30:35 PM

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2/13/2018 10:10:49 PM

wonderful article and very useful tips about the herbs. I will Consult my orthodontist at to ask if they can be applied during my treatment.

7/10/2014 9:57:31 AM

We should always try to keep our gums healthy as this is the first reason for periodontitis. My niece asked her doctor at what are the herbs that help maintain healthy gums and the dentist replied that aloe vera and green tea are amongst the best herbs. Aloe Vera is a great antibacterial healer while green reduces the symptoms of periodontal because of the presence of catechin antioxidant.

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