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Aloe Vera Could Be a Dental Miracle
That aloe vera plant you lug around with every move of residence could be useful in your dental health. Huh?
Yes, aloe vera has been proven to be good for teeth and gums. There are dentists using aloe to help heal diseased gums and wounds in all types of patients.
It's especially helpful for people with HIV and Leukemia who typically suffer from canker sores, cracking, and ulcers of the mouth.
RECOMMENDED Aloe Vera Tooth Gel
This product contains pure aloe vera suspended properly in a gel base to keep your teeth clean and feeling fresh.
WARNING: This product contains bee propolis. If you are allergic to bee products, you should select another aloe vera toothpaste to work with.
History Of Healing
Aloe vera has a long history of healing. Depictions of the plant are found carved into stone dating back to early Egyptian history—6000 years ago. It has been used to heal external cuts in South American and Asian folk medicine for centuries. In some cases early healers gave it internally as a purgative.
Support for Aloe Vera Dental Care
The clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry released data from a clinical study that reveals aloe vera gel may be as effective as present day toothpaste for fighting cavities. Since the reason we use toothpaste is to kill bacteria that causes cavities, this marks aloe vera as an important ingredient in the fight for healthy teeth and gums.
The research presented in the May/June 2009 issue of “General Dentistry” shows that the aloe vera gel is equal to common toothpaste in its ability to fight cavities. In some cases, the data showed it to be more effective than certain brands of commercial toothpaste.
Used By Dentists
Some dentists already use use this miracle plant as a healing agent in their private practices.
Periodontist, Dr. Timothy E. Moore, has written an article about the use of the plant in his dental practice. He includes its use for extraction sites that may turn into dry sockets. He claims the dry socket will not form when aloe vera is used.
His aloe vera use also extends to mouth sores, cracked lips, gum abscesses, and gum abrasions caused by a toothbrush, food, floss, and toothpicks. Moore uses the gel as a way to control bacterial inflammation and for rubbing and irritation experienced by denture wearers with ill-fitting dentures.
Over The Counter Aloe Vera Products
Not all over the counter aloe vera products are effective.
The core of the aloe vera plant holds a gel that is beneficial in teeth cleaning. This gel must be stabilized in the product and also be kept from high heat treatment and filtering while being processed and manufactured, according to the study.
How Do You Find The Best Products?
Warnings From The FDA
The FDA notes that aloe vera gel can have laxative effects when ingested (hence why folk medicine uses it as a purgative). They also report that some folks using aloe vera for oral reasons have experienced diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Those with diabetes who are taking glucose-lowering medicine may experience problems when adding aloe vera orally—aloe vera also is known to lower blood glucose levels.
References for This Article
Comparative evaluation of the antimicrobial efficacy of aloe vera tooth gel and two popular commercial toothpastes: An in vitro study was done and I used to have a link here but they apparently put the study information behind a pay wall.
Healing Power of Aloe Vera Proves Beneficial For Teeth and Gums, Too http://pda.physorg.com/_news167057415.html
The International Aloe Science Council; “Aloe Vera: Its Potential Use in Wound Healing and Disease Control in Oral Conditions”; Dr. Timothy E. Moore, D.D.S/M.S.,P.C., 2009
International Aloe Science Council http://iasc.org/News/LatestNews.aspx
Cancer Care: Leukemia http://www.metrohealth.org/body.cfm?id=1634
Herbs At A Glance: Aloe Vera http://nccam.nih.gov/health/aloevera/
Folk Medicine in Hispanics in the Southwestern United States http://www.rice.edu/projects/HispanicHealth/Courses/mod7/mod7.html (this link no longer works)