One of the first things that attract us towards individuals is their smile. So, what makes up a charming smile? The involvement of healthy, pink gums and plaque free, clean teeth in transforming your smile into an attractive one is unquestionable. So, have you have been doing enough to preserve your confident smile? Here is a startling fact of the day that will get people to understand how strong the silent killing ability of gum or periodontal disease is.
Roughly three-fourth of the entire US population has been afflicted with periodontal diseases, which can vary from a mild form of gingival inflammation to a progressively destructive periodontal form known as periodontitis.
This fact must have got your mind racing for an answer- ‘What else can I do to prevent or cure gum diseases?‘ The inflammatory diseases that target the soft tissue and tooth supporting structures show clinical features of bleeding, sore gums (which recede if the oral condition continues unchecked), tooth sensitivity and varying degrees of tooth loosening.
Consider yourself lucky for there are an array of herbs that can always be put to use in conjunction with the good old standbys (such as effective tooth brushing, flossing and dental follow up visits).
A naturally aromatic gum that comes from the Commiphora genus has powerful properties to curb the inflammatory processes that wreck havoc in the gingival and periodontal tissues. Being rich in phytochemicals, this herb has the ability to soothe inflamed gums.
When it comes to treating any tooth abscess, wounds caused by trauma or infection, Myrrh is an effective herbal option. Vitamins-supplemets.org states that this herb stimulates and strengthens the immune system to prevent and fight bacterial, viral or fungal infection owing to its effect on the formation of infection fighting white blood cells.
If you are a diabetic or have sensitive skin type, you must consult your health care provider before applying or consuming myrrh gum. This is to avoid the risk of incurring contact dermatitis or promote drug interaction with common diabetic drugs. Expectant mothers are advised against the use of myrrh in any form for it can trigger spontaneous abortion.
Calendula officinalis is not just an ordinary herbal plant with appealing orange coloured flowers. The key components within the flower heads of Calendula such as Saponins and flavonoids play anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial roles to control the accumulation of plaque that irritates the gums leading to redness and swollen gums. Want to create a homemade herbal mouth wash? Check out the quick and easy recipe given below.
Begin by allowing two teaspoons of the herb to steep in a vessel containing a glass of water for fifteen minutes. This gives sufficient time for the boiling water to saturate itself with the ingredients. To get improved results, gargle with the strained liquid at least two times each day. Are you too busy to go through the steps? Here is a quicker alternative. Add a few drops of Calendula in tincture form to your toothpaste or simply use it for topical application over the inflamed area.
Although it is safe to use the herbal extract, just in case you notice any allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately.
Prepare to launch a battle against the micro-organisms that try to weaken the oral structures. Researches have pulled out Licorice root as a strong warrior that subdues the growth of harmful bacteria in the oral cavity.
An interesting article published in the Journal Of Natural Products reports that two natural substances in dried licorice root, namely Licorisoflavan A and Licoricidin are the heroes that prevent bacteria from settling in the mouth.
However, this remedial herbal extract comes with certain risks. The side effects of licorice stem due to its interaction with medications such as Ace inhibitors, oral contraceptives, laxatives etc. for facilitating loss of potassium.
Prevent gum diseases from invading the gingival tissues by resorting to a flowering herb known as Bloodroot, Red pain root or Red Puccoon. The alkaloid, Sanguinarine acts as a bacterial growth suppressant. A clinical trial proved that cleaning aids like toothpaste or mouth rinse with optimal level of Bloodroot assists in keeping a check on plaque build up and consequently, gingivitis.
It does so by not only killing disease initiating bacteria but also by blocking out the specific enzymes which cause destruction of the collagen structure (it helps constitute the framework of gingiva).
Make use of this wild flower to keep the oral cavity disease and malodor free! You must never ingest the herb due to its toxic nature.
Instead of going for a cup of Joe, make a healthy decision by sipping a cup of Chamomile herbal tea. To get relief from the discomfort and tenderness in the oral tissues, try chamomile extract. Studies conducted have rated chamomile’s ability to nullify oral pain experienced in periodontitis, oral ulceration as excellent.
Nearly 82% pf the subjects who were subjected to experimental evaluation of the herb confirmed that mouthwashes which had wild chamomile in them definitely worked.
You can do the same by incorporating eight grams of the herb (dried form) to one liter of water. It is basically the Triterpenes content that enables German chamomile to soothe the problem.
Be it in tincture, infusion or extract form, Sage continues to be a winner in treating mouth and throat ulcers as well as painfully inflamed mucous membranes. Thujone (found in sage leaves) helps deal with the symptoms commonly noticed in gum diseases.
Besides brushing and flossing, put thyme to use, either as a tea infusion or oral rinse to shield the soft and hard structures in the mouth. Yes, do not just pair this culinary herb with delicacies but tap its medicinal properties too. Thyme is a natural anti-oxidant and anti-septic found in many mouth washes available in the market. A reason for its widespread use is because it counteracts the ill effects of fungi and bacteria.
You barely need less than a minute to cleanse the oral cavity with thymol oil containing solution. If you want to please your taste buds as well, slurp a warm cup of fresh, flavorsome thyme tea.
These herbal remedies will help keep the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the teeth and gums intact.
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