Herbs for your teeth? Tips from a holistic dentist

holistic-herbalOral problems like bad breath, canker sores, and gum infections are painful and embarrassing. While numerous treatments are available for these conditions, wouldn’t it be great if you could prevent them from occurring in the first place? Did you know that certain herbs can prevent and cure common oral problems? Try incorporating more of these herbs into your diet.

Rosemary

This plentiful herb has been proven to have antiseptic properties that help keep oral bacteria at bay. Regular consumption can help reduce cavities and gum disease. Some people even use it as a natural cure for canker sores.

Parsley

Parsley is a natural breath-freshener. Chewing on a leaf of fresh parsley after a meal can help reduce the microbes that cause embarrassing bad breath. It can also be combined with fresh mint and rosemary to create a natural mouthwash. Simply chop a tablespoon each of rosemary, mint, and parsley, boil 2 1/2 cups of water, pour the water over the herbs, steep for 20 minutes, and refrigerate. Gargle as needed for a fresh, healthy mouth.

Cloves

Cloves are a natural wonder for oral health. This herb kills oral bacteria, eliminates harmful fungi, and eases pain. As a matter of fact, a study in the Journal of Dentistry showed that the eugenol found in cloves is as effective at controlling mouth pain as benzocaine (the main ingredient in Orajel). You can purchase clove oil which is easily applied to sore gums. Because it is so effective, it is used as an all-natural way to treat teething pain in infants.

Camellia sinesis

This is the herb used to make green tea. The catechins in this herb ward off plaque and bad breath. Plus, it contains trace amounts of natural fluoride which helps prevent cavities.

Learn more about holistic dentistry

There are natural remedies that have been proven to improve oral health. If you are looking for a more natural, holistic approach to dental health, make an appointment with a holistic dentist today. A dentist who understands the impact of diet and lifestyle on your oral health will help you learn ways to prevent dental problems. For more information on holistic dentistry, contact us today.