Written by: on August 25, 2014 @ 6:22 am

Natural or alternative dental care products are sometimes worrisome because of a lack of reliable research or peer-reviewed literature involved in formulating these practices. Aloe vera is an example of a popular natural remedy for skin irritations and inflammation, but little research has been conducted into aloe’s specific effectiveness in oral care. One article published in General Dentistry, the official journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) shows clear evidence that aloe vera can address several oral health issues. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, discusses some of the study’s findings regarding the future of dental care.

Aloe Vera Study

The aforementioned study demonstrated that brushing teeth with aloe vera kills many of the bacteria responsible for causing oral diseases. The plant-based gel worked as well as (or in some cases, better) than two popular name-brand toothpastes, in fact. Aloe vera contains anthraquinones. These chemical compounds can relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Aloe vera therefor helps to sooth inflamed gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. However, before you turn to an actual aloe plant  start brushing away with the inner gel, the study notes that the material used was a stabilized version of the gel found in the heart of the plant. Furthermore, the stabilized aloe gel cannot withstand excessive processing, exposure to heat, or filtering, so oral hygiene products of the future will require certain steps in manufacturing to remain effective.

Implications for Natural Dental Care

These findings provide a huge boost for supporters of natural oral health care because they demonstrate the efficacy of a natural product within the setting of a controlled scientific study. Some real world applications of these findings include:

  • The non-abrasiveness of aloe vera gel makes it an ideal toothpaste choice for people with sensitive teeth.
  • Provides a non-abrasive toothpaste option for people with porcelain dental work such as crowns or veneers.
  • The anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera can help soothe inflammation due to gingivitis.
  • Offers a viable, proven product for people who prefer a natural lifestyle.
  • Aloe is often grown organically which means people living an organic lifestyle have another dental care option.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

Before you begin using any natural dental care products, you should consult your family dentist. Call the Comfort Dental Spa office at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aziza Askari today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.

Catogories: Dental News, Preventive Dentistry

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