The short answer is yes, it can. And there are many studies to prove it.
Aloe vera, sometimes described as a “wonder plant”, has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. It is best known for treating skin injuries but has been recently gaining considerable importance in the world of dental health.
Aloe vera for swollen gums
Aloe vera has some wonderful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is jam-packed full of antioxidants. This makes this succulent an excellent choice for treating and relieving inflammation related to gum disease and other oral issues.
A systematic review in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, which assesses the efficacy of aloe vera on plaque and gingival inflammation, shows that the soothing nature of this healing plant is extremely effective at reducing inflammation in the gums from gingivitis. The study does not suggest that aloe vera can cure gingivitis itself but that it can reduce the inflammation associated with it.
“It reduces bleeding, inflammation, and swelling of the gums. It is a powerful antiseptic in pockets where normal cleaning is difficult, and its antifungal properties help greatly in the problem of denture stomatitis, aphthous ulcers, cracked and split corners of the mouth. It is a powerful healing promoter and can be used following extractions. It has been used in root canal treatment as a sedative dressing and file lubrication during biomechanical preparation.”
– National Institute of Health
Aloe vera for dental plaque
With the Western world’s growing interest in herbal medicines, dentistry is now beginning to approach the treatment of oral issues from a more holistic angle. Aloe vera, in particular, is a popular natural alternative being explored in dentistry today – especially for its effectiveness in reducing the build-up of plaque.
In one study of 390 dental students, aloe vera was compared with popular mouthwash ingredient chlorhexidine to evaluate the plant’s effectiveness at combating dental plaque.
After 30 days of use, aloe vera proved to be equally effective as the product chlorhexidine and can, therefore, be used as a justifiable, natural alternative to preventing gingivitis.
The potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of aloe vera make this plant exceptional at killing plaque-producing bacteria Streptococcus mutans in the mouth, as well as the yeast Candida albicans (bacteria associated with oral thrush).
Going back to nature
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