How To Use Neem For Oral Health

Neem is a medicinal plant wherein all of its parts (including its leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit, roots, and bark) can be used. It has active compounds that give this unique plant its antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and wound-healing properties. This plant has shown promise for several aspects of health, including oral health (1).

Neem For Teeth And Gums

This bitter-tasting herb has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory that can actually help in cleaning our teeth better and reducing plaque buildup in the long term. In addition to this, it can also help prevent tartar and improve our overall teeth and gum health (2).

In a study, neem twigs were found to contain antiseptic ingredients necessary for dental hygiene. The extract from the herb also prevented tooth decay and periodontal disease. Furthermore, infections, tooth decay, bleeding, and sore gums have all been treated successfully with daily use of neem mouth rinse or neem leaf extract added to the water. There were also reports claiming a total reversal of gum degeneration after using neem for only a few months. Due to the presence of vasodilatation and anti-inflammatory compounds, neem helps prevent cell adhesion and kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Aside from this, it also alkalizes the gums and mouth and kills the bacteria that cause Pyorrhea and Gingivitis (3).

Experts who conducted a 2017 study found that neem mouthwash was as effective as commercial mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine gluconate, a substance commonly used to prevent gum disease (4,5).

Have healthier, whiter teeth and fight dental diseases by using neem in a number of ways (6):

  • Simply chew neem bark.
  • Have a neem concoction. Boil a bunch of neem leaves in enough amount water until it reduces to ¼ of the original volume. Gargle with this concoction.
  • Brush the teeth with neem twigs.
  • Have a homemade neem toothpaste. Grind dried neem leaves and mix 1 teaspoon of it in one teaspoon baking soda and enough water to make a paste. Use it as a toothpaste to have shiny yet cleaner teeth.
  • Add some neem oil to regular toothpaste and brush with it. Neem oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can prevent gum inflammation and cavities.

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/neem#benefits
  2. https://www.oral-b.co.in/en-in/oral-b-institute/teeth-problems-and-solutions/neem-teeth-benefits
  3. https://rjptonline.org/HTMLPaper.aspx?Journal=Research%20Journal%20of%20Pharmacy%20and%20Technology;PID=2014-7-9-14
  4. https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-neem-89485
  5. https://www.thejcdp.com/doi/pdf/10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2085
  6. https://recipes.timesofindia.com/articles/health/7-ways-neem-can-help-you-maintain-your-dental-health/photostory/66165194.cms?picid=66165430

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