What are the images flash across your eyes when you think of dental care? It would surely be one of white walls, sterilised gleaming state of the art equipment and a huge light directed at your mouth. It is enough to give goose bumps to even the most strong hearted patients. However, did you know that herbs and medicines from them can optimise dental care and give you white flashing teeth, enough to make it unnecessary to visit the dentist? It has to be understood though that these are used more as a preventive treatment and is not a substitute for tooth extraction and setting bridges or crowns.
If you are looking for a very potent product for oral care and hygiene, you can get one off the supermarket shelves. But you should be aware of what really maximises dental care and hence should read the ingredients on the label rather carefully. Most items will contain a mix of herbs and essential oils and these have been known to man for centuries. The oils are extracted from red thyme, lavender, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and peppermint. Herbs such as gotu kola and Echinacea are added and the concoction is a very powerful panacea for most dental ills. It is to be noticed here that most of these are by-products of trees and hence it is essential that expert arborists are hired for tree care. Only experts can fully understand the intricacies of tree growth and development.
Another aspect has to be considered here and that is treatment of old and diseased trees. Take the case of cinnamon bark in herbal dental care. The bark cannot be sliced off indefinitely; every tree has a certain limit to it. There will come a time when you have to call in tree removal services to take down the old trees or for trimming trees, making way for planting of fresh plants. This cycle has to be sustained if continuous supply of herbs for dental care has to be ensured.
There are certain herbal trees that have for ages been used in dental care and oral hygiene. Some of them are –
Azadirachta Indica is commonly known as the neem tree. There is hardly any part of the tree that is not used for medicinal purposes. Flowers of the tree help to stem bleeding from the gums and other mouth infections. Tooth paste is made from its extracts while brushing with tender twigs strengthens gums and teeth.
Acacia Arabia is commonly used for treating infections, mouth ulcers and gum diseases. Many different brands of herbal tooth paste are made from the bark of this tree.
Ficus Bengalensis has a number of medicinal properties. Its tender roots are often used as tooth brushes while fresh latex from its trunk is very effective in treatment of swelling and bleeding of gums.
Finally, while herbal trees have great medicinal usage in dental care products, there are some homemade remedies made of herbs and plant extracts that offer consistent protection from dental ailments. Here is one that you can use to maximise teeth care.
Halitosis or bad breath can ruin your social and domestic life. To get around this problem mix a teaspoon each of rosemary, peppermint and lavender. Take a spoonful of this mixture and put in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, strain, cool as use as a mouthwash.
There are many other homemade recipes for dental care, all harnessing the power of herbal trees and their parts. These are time tested modes of treatments, all prevalent much before the advent of dental chairs and equipment.