Many people are concerned about their health, but more often than not, most people don’t stop to think of dental health until they discover a problem. Oral hygiene is among the most important aspects of health because unlike a lot of other parts of the body, the teeth and gums do not heal or regenerate very much, if at all. A receding gum line comes as a result of poor oral hygiene, and if left untreated, could pave the way for more serious dental issues, including the loss of teeth. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, there’s more you can do.
All health in the body is linked; Therefore, oral health can influence cardiovascular and circulatory, and less directly, psychological health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to severe infections in other areas. As mentioned earlier, beyond a certain point, the most harm done to the teeth, gums, and mouth, in general, is permanent. However, there are steps you can take before the point of no return to mitigate further damage and preserve as much of your teeth and gums as possible. The idea is to ensure there are no gaps (such as cavities) for dangerous elements to get in and spread.
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is well known in the world of alternative medicine and herbal remedies. Its touted effects cover everything from burns to moisturization. With such a long list of uses, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that it just may have a place in dental health as well. There is promising research that suggests aloe vera can help fight infection and inflammation, particularly that caused by periodontitis. A study indicates that a subgingival application of aloe vera can fight pockets of infection that take root in the gums and prevent them from spreading.
8. Green Tea
Green tea is another popular herbal remedy with many health benefits. In this case, there is some evidence to suggest that green tea extracts, when thoroughly chewed, can prevent the building of plaque on the teeth; the extract can also reduce the swelling of gums. In general, it is thought that regularly consuming green tea results in a reduced risk of gum disease, while those who already have it can experience relief from their symptoms by applying the extract to their teeth and gums. Finally, drinking green tea seems to reduce the size of white patches caused by oral leukoplakia.