Last Updated on 9 months by Isreal Olabanji DST RN
Neem is a type of evergreen tree whose extracts can be used to help treat various health conditions, supported by its long-time use as a healer.
The neem tree offers powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties which have been proven to effectively treat disease when used in gel extract or another form. Neem’s herbal healing properties may even help prevent gingivitis.
Neem has been traditionally useful in oral health in the following ways: It helps prevent and heal gum disease, prevents cavities, and removes harmful bacteria from the mouth. The leave can be used in place of many of the chemicals used to whiten, clean, and brush our teeth such as fluoride and lauryl sulfate. Since it is a herbal alternative, it’s a great way to safely and effectively foster excellent oral health.
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What Science Says About Neem
Those who use the products in their oral care regimes experience fewer cases of gingivitis, less gum tissue loss, and are at an overall lower risk for gum disease.
Studies show that neem infused products and the plant itself can be just as effective in reducing gingivitis and other gum diseases as any other topical antiseptic (i.e., Chlorhexidine). Results from one study evaluating a neem mouth rinse show the product to be equally as effective as the Chlorhexidine antiseptic and showed a significant reduction in the plaque and tartar build-up in the gums after using the neem-infused mouth rinse.
A study analyzing the effects of neem gel on dental plaque levels showed that after only three weeks of using the gel, plaque levels were the lowest. Also, harmful bacteria involved in the formation of plaque and tartar were lower in patients who had been using it.
Different Ways We Can Use Neem
Chew Neem Leaves
Chewing the leaves breaks down plaque and tartar that have built up on the teeth over time, which can cause bad breath. When chewed, these bitter-tasting leaves break down and destroy harmful bacteria, removing them from the surface of the teeth.
Chew Neem Bark
Indians chew the bark of the neem tree to prevent cavities. The origins of its healing properties come from the Indian tradition of chewing the bark, which is another creative way to take advantage of its healing properties. The antibacterial nature of the leave fights germs and maintains the alkaline level of your saliva, preventing cavities.
Before they started using toothbrushes, Indians used neem twigs to brush their teeth. They would chew the corners of the twig, to make bristles which are used to clean between the hard-to-get-spots in the teeth. The medicinal and antibacterial properties allow it to prevent plaque and tartar build-up from occurring, as well as to clean what’s already there.
Another way to utilize its benefits is to dry the leaves and create a powder. This powder can be mixed into a homemade toothpaste and used to whiten the teeth. Simply mix together 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of neem powder, 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of xylitol.
You can buy the toothpaste at your chemist or contact a dentist in Knutsford for inquiries.
Many people are unaware of the capabilities of a single drop of the oil. Adding just one drop to your toothpaste daily can improve decrease bacteria in the mouth and prevent gum inflammation.
Boil the Leaves in Water
This is one of the easiest ways to take advantage of its healing powers. All you need to do is boil the leaves in water until the leaves reduce to a quarter of their original size (in liquid oz). Then gargle the solution for whiter teeth, fewer bacteria, fresh breath, and healthy gums.
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