Teeth Cleaning with Herbs
This natural remedy comes from several cultures around the world as a preliminary toothbrush: chewing sticks. In India, the neem tree, or “Nature’s Pharmacy”, offered antibacterial properties that prevent plaque and clean teeth with the bristles of a frayed twig. In the early Americas, other trees like dogwood were popular “chaw sticks”. Another plaque inhibitor, stevia is a sweetener from the sunflower family which can be used as a replacement for sugar in some recipes. As an added benefit, stevia has also been known to reduce hypertension.
Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Your Gums
Most commonly associated with sunburn relief, aloe vera can also be beneficial for your gums by alleviating ulcers. Applied directly, the antibacterial properties of aloe vera can help your ulcers heal faster. If you have a toothache, contact our Lake Forest dentist right away, then you can try to ease your discomfort with clove. Applied to the area with a cotton swab, the anesthetic properties of clove are said to relieve acute pain. Another great herb for your gums, sage is a strong astringent that can tighten gum tissue and soothe mucous membranes in your mouth. You can try this remedy by drinking sage tea.
Teas for Fresher Breath and Reduced Risk of Cavities
Peppermint has long been a favorite flavor in toothpastes, breath mints, mouthwashes, and floss. The menthol in this herb makes breath fresher with that tingling feeling. You can try unsweetened peppermint tea to reap these benefits. Tea tree is another antibacterial which kills the bacteria which cause cavities and gum disease. With three drops of this essential oil added to a half cup of water, this mouthrinse can help you fight off harmful pathogens.
Chicago Dentist Offers Complete Dental Care
Of course, herbal supplements are not a complete replacement for twice-daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings. For more information about maintaining proper oral hygiene or to schedule an appointment contact our Lake Forest dentist office at 847-234-0517. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we can offer a wide range of dental treatments for patients from Grayslake, Barrington, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Highland Park, North Shore, and Chicago.