Herbs in Dentistry

In a previous blog post I talked about Using Adaptogens to Help Reduce Stress and discussed 8 different herbs that were reviewed in a 2010 journal article to help reduce stress. The use of herbs is also beneficial for migraine, for example, see this post Daily Preventative Therapies Can Reduce Migraine.

Recently I came across the article “Herbs in Dentistry: Evidence-based herbal medicine” appearing in Dental Abstracts, vol. 57, issue 6, pp. 305-307, 2012.

The article mentions the use of echinacea mouthwash which when combined with peppermint oil, sage, menthol, and chamomile is effective in gingivitis and periodontal disease. Further, this combination has shown to be effective against colds and flu.

The article mentions the possible use of aloe vera

 “Aloe vera gel is as effective as prednisolone and indomethacin, without these agents’ long-term toxicity… Uses of aloe vera include direct application to periodontal surgery sites, traumatized gum tissues, chemical burns caused by aspirin, extraction sites, acute mouth lesions, chronic oral disease manifestations (including lichen planus, benign pemphigus, and gingival problems related to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or leukemia), soreness related to dentures, and inflamed areas around dental implants. It offers promise for many dental applications.”

The article suggests that sage tea gargles can be used to treat inflammation and gingivitis.

A mention of myrrh is made where

“topical preparations can help mild inflammations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa, gargles can help pharyngitis and tonsillitis, and mouthwashes are effective in gingivitis and ulcers.”

A discussion is also made of bloodroot and caraway to help with gingivitis and periodontal disease.

All herbs can have potential side effects. Further, their potential benefits for dental health is not well known. Clearly more research can be beneficial.

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