Peppermint has been used to help teeth and gum problems for centuries. And you know us, we love a good old ancient herbal remedy when it comes to healing your teeth and gums.
Our ancestors often plucked mint leaves to use as a digestive aid and mouth freshener after eating, but it was also discovered to be an amazing remedy to relieve toothache and improve swollen gums. Menthol, a compound that gives peppermint its cooling sensation, means it has a calming and numbing effect for helping to relieve pain.
In the western hemisphere, peppermint is often referred to as the world’s oldest medicine and is believed to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Let’s take a look at some amazing benefits of peppermint for teeth and gums:
Peppermint for teeth and gums
- It has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth, helping prevent infections.
- It is high in vitamin C and vitamin A and contains numerous nutrient trace elements, such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and copper – essential for maintenance and formation of bone-density in tooth and jaw.
- It adds a touch of that popular minty fresh flavor we like so much when brushing our teeth.
- It helps prevent the swelling in connective tissues and reduces bleeding too, making it an amazing treatment to use after tooth-extraction.
- Its vitamins and minerals work in synergy to protect tooth enamel and ensure the strengthening of teeth and gums.
- It is effective at killing anaerobic bacteria, which tend to live in low-oxygen environments such as in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract.
Extra benefits of peppermint:
- It has the amazing ability to be absorbed by the skin, leading to many reports of pain relief from headaches and insect bites after topical application of its oil. The best way to use for a headache is to put a drop of peppermint oil on each temple and massage gently.
- Chewing leaves of the peppermint plant keep the mouth fresh and moist and stimulate the production of saliva and the enzymes that are important for digestion.
- When peppermint leaf is ingested, it provides relief from irritable bowel syndrome. When the oil is inhaled it can help relieve nausea, indigestion, and congestion.
We use peppermint in our all-natural tooth and gum powder
We think peppermint for teeth and gums is so much more than the delicious minty fresh flavor! It’s jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals that enhance cell growth and tooth remineralization and is an excellent pain reliever.
So, of course, we are including this fabulous plant in our all-natural tooth and gum formula!
As well as peppermint, we use myrrh, cinnamon, French grey sea salt, baking soda, cranberry, vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoids – all essential ingredients for helping to support your body’s natural healing process.
And because it’s in powder form, the full potency of each ingredient is sustained to activate the moment the powder dissolves effortlessly in your mouth.
Unlike most kinds of toothpaste, all the ingredients we use in Good-Gums are entirely natural, cruelty-free, vegan, and contain no chemical or additives to interfere with natural healing.
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Please note: For people taking homeopathic remedies, an article in the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists notes that Dr. Hahnmann (Homeopathy’s founder) actually didn’t forbid peppermint and that no study has ever shown an adverse impact on homeopathic treatment. But, as with coffee or foods with strong flavors, waiting 15 minutes after ingesting peppermint before taking a homeopathic remedy would be an abundance of caution.
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