Herbal Remedies for Common Dental Problems

by Jerem on April 2, 2013

Inflamed or bleeding gums, gingivitis, thrush, poor breath, toothaches, and teething. Sounds fun, right? Each of these is most certainly NOT FUN, but fortunately relief is near at hand, and not hard to find. In truth, a range of herbs you probably have right in your garden will boost, soothe, or eliminate many of these difficulties.

Calendula oil and Echinacea soothe sore gums and lessen inflammation. They are an excellent treatment method for Candida albicans, opportunistic yeast that brings about thrush in the mouth. Whatever affliction you are dealing with, calendula and Echinacea can provide relief.

Dab impacted areas with calendula tincture diluted with equal parts water (for example, if you use 1 teaspoon of calendula tincture, you should dilute it with 1 teaspoon of water). For gums, make a sturdy infusion and swish it in the mouth for a number of minutes. It won’t harm you to swallow it, but you’ll probably want to spit it out since it is now full of the bacteria in your mouth.

A few of drops of lavender oil is also very good at clearing up Candida albicans (oral fungal infection), as very well as lessening irritation and healing sores. Aphthous Ulcers (mouth ulcers) can be handled with goldenseal or Oregon grape, as well. Their bebeerine content material gives them antimicrobial results, killing off offending bacteria. Rosemary helps heal canker sores and has antiseptic properties.

 

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Parsley is a pure breath sweetener. Rather than sending leaving it on your plate for your waiter to clear it away, nibble this herb after your meal. It’s good for a lot more than decoration. Not only will you have better breath, but you’ll also get a good dose of vitamins A and C and the minerals calcium and iron.

Licorice sweetens breath, too, and is often utilized to taste and sweeten natural toothpaste and mouthwashes.

Oil of cloves, a tropical spice you can’t expand in your backyard, is very good to have on hand for toothaches or child teething.

Other herbs that aid with oral and/or dental problems include:

Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory resins such as Myrrh–a resin from North Africa to Arabia, warming, astringent.

Propolis–a bee products–stimulates manufacturing of new tissue, anti-viral, beneficial for mouth sores and ulcers.

Pine resin (pitch)–use as “chewing gum” when available.

Other Anti-microbial herbs:

Usnea–a common lichen, more powerful than penicillin towards strep and staph.

Plantain–a broad leafed “weed found almost worldwide. Use it fresh new for abscesses, inflammation.

Astringents (anti-microbial, tightens tissues):

Kramer–includes 40% tannin, merge the powder with myrrh as a dentifrice for bleeding or spongy gums.

Oak galls (oak apples)–have up to 50% tannins, use powder as a dentifrice.

Tormented sage = use as a gargle for chronic gum inflammation.

Immune strengtheners:

Echinacea–gargle or rinse with the diluted tincture, activates nearby immunity, induces healing.

Baptisia–antiseptic, anti-bacterial.

Important Oils

Many necessary-oil bearing plants are useful for stimulating the blood-movement to gums they are also anti-bacterial. Examples: peppermint, spearmint, fennel, cinnamon, sage, thyme.

Of course, these herbal recommendations aren’t meant to be a replacement to your dentist. You should still see your dentist. But using these and other herbal combinations will mean that your dentist visits will most likely be for minor things like cleanings, as opposed to cavities, gum disease etc.

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