Herbs and spices are widely known for their high antioxidant content and numerous health benefits. Today’s post highlights some of the less commonly known oral health benefits of several popular herbs and spices compliments of 1Dental.com Blog:
A specific type of basil called “Holy Basil” is well known for its antibacterial, disinfecting properties that help to destroy bacteria and germs in the mouth. Specifically, it destroys bacteria that produce cavities, gum disease, bad breath and other oral problems. Incorporating basil into your daily food regimen, when paired with consistent oral hygiene, can help prevent many of the most serious dental issues.
Clove is prominently used for dental and oral health, and it is very effective when dealing with oral pain from ulcers, toothaches or even gum pain. Simply apply a small amount of clove oil to the affected area to ease the pain.
Another antioxidant-rich spice is nutmeg, which is often used as a cure for halitosis (bad breath). Its antibacterial properties help eliminate bad breath germs and leave the mouth smelling fresh and clean. This is why nutmeg is commonly found as an ingredient in some toothpastes.
Peppermint & Parsley
Parsley and mint leaves also have the same antibacterial properties that help rid the mouth of bad breath. Peppermint has been found very effective in preventing gum disease, and keeping teeth healthy.
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