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5 Ways to Use Neem for Dental Health

Ashish Kumar August 21, 2019

Our ancestors have always believed in going to the natural and herbal way. According to them, the herbs contain a solution to all the health-related issue. If we look closely then, this theory has been proven to be true. The natural herbs have special powers to keep you safe and sound.

The benefits of the same are even extended to dentistry. The herbs have a strong effect on your dental health. One of the most effective herbs that we will talk about here is ‘Neem’.

Neem has been into the picture since ayurvedic times as it has medicinal values in it and is also rich in antibacterial properties. The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties make neem the wonder tree.

Various ways via which Neem can prove to be useful to teeth is as follows:

Neem Leaves

The bitter-tasting leaves can do wonders for you. One thing which everyone is well aware of is that chewing raw neem leaves can help you get rid of bad breath. But apart from this, having neem leaves kills the bacteria, tartar or plaque which builds upon the teeth.

The change in eating habits has contributed a lot in accumulating plaque on teeth. The junk we eat or the sweets we consume act as a building block for the plaque on teeth. Chewing raw neem leaf every day will kill plaque for sure.

Gargle with Neem Water

Gargling with neem water keep your dental health intact. It keeps your teeth in a healthy condition for a longer duration.

You just need to boil a few neem leaves in the water. Boil the solution until it reduces to 1/4th of its original volume and then stains off the liquid from the solution. Use this water for gargling every day.

This will ensure sparkling white teeth like you always desired for. A good habit as it is should be adopted and should be in practice daily.

Neem Barks

Work wonders for your teeth. Neem Bark helps us to get rid of the most prominent problems present today. Chewing Neem Bark will not only help in fighting off with the diseases but also prevents you from cavities.

Neem Twigs

The age-old practice is the use of neem twigs as a toothbrush. These twigs are obtained from the branches of neem tree which are then cut to the smaller sizes of around 15-20cms. The bark is removed from the twig which makes it soft and easy to chew.

Even the dentists today advise people to use neem twigs as it has medicinal powers attached which prevent the gum diseases and also whiten or brighten the teeth. The usage of the neem twigs is such that they are now available in medical stores as well.

Neem Paste

The herbal toothpaste we come across today contains a special ingredient i.e. neem. The reason is simply the medicinal values that neem carries with it. This special ingredient that neem is helps in fighting off with bacteria and give clean, healthy and white teeth. one can even make neem paste at home and can then use it as a substitute of toothpaste but the toothpaste contains other ingredients as well which one cannot get with the homemade toothpaste.

For homemade neem paste, grind the dried neem leaves and make neem powder. Mix one teaspoon of neem powder with one teaspoon of baking soda and water to make a paste. Use this as toothpaste for brushing daily. 

Neem though carry medicinal values should be used with precaution. Before you opt for using it daily make sure you are done with the allergy test. This is because most people are allergic to neem and can, therefore, cause rashes and allergic reactions. Get yourself examined by your dentist to make sure that there isn’t any other reaction.

If you are planning to use the neem twig then, clean it well and remove the bark from the same. You can also apply a mix of salt and mustard oil which will help in strengthening the gums and teeth.

In case any query on dental issues please reach out to nearby dental clinic and get yourself treated. Neem contains many medicinal values and helps in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This also prevents you from cavities as a result one need not go for dental filling anytime soon.

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