Natural Remedies for Dental Health
While brushing and flossing are very important for a healthy smile, you can also look to nature for pure, additive-free dental health benefits that could help keep your smile in tip-top shape.
When used to complement your regular oral hygiene routine, herbs and other natural substances may offer an easy, cost-effective way to maintain optimal dental health. Many natural health proponents believe that simple, at-home treatments with elements like sage and tea tree oil can be used to strengthen, protect and fortify teeth and gums, and potentially help you avoid costly dental work.
Here is an overview of five specific holistic dental treatments:
- Green tea extract. Results of a 2012 Journal of Periodontology study showed that participants who drank green tea extract were less likely to develop gum disease and more apt to achieve better overall periodontal health.
- Amla fruit powder. A dental rinse of water and powder from the amla fruit (also known as Indian gooseberry) is said to have anti-viral, anti-microbial and detoxifying properties that may help stabilize loose teeth and heal inflamed gums.
- Oil pulling. This treatment involves a vigorous, daily oral rinse with nutrient-rich oils like sesame or sunflower. An ancient Ayurvedic practice, it’s meant to detoxify the mouth, removing harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation and even whitening teeth.
- Tea tree oil. Known as an effective antiseptic, this oil may also relieve the symptoms of gum disease and may prevent it in the first place. Some toothpastes actually include tea tree oil.
- Sage. An active ingredient in many natural mouthwashes, sage is touted by natural health enthusiasts as an effective way to reduce oral bacteria; encourage healing of bleeding gums and mouth infections; and soothe tooth, tongue, throat and gum pain.
Remember, regular dental visits combined with diligent home care provide the best defense against oral health problems. Please give Hughes Dental Group a call at 843-705-7066 for checkups and treatments when necessary. – Dr. Daniel Hughes