Oral Health Added to List of Aloe Vera Benefits
Aloe vera is best known for healing sunburns, minor cuts and skin irritation and has also been associated with a laundry list of other health benefits. New research shows that the benefits of Aloe vera may now be extended to oral health as well.
The new study was published in the May/June Issue of General Dentistry, and found that Aloe vera may help prevent cavities and kill disease causing bacteria in the mouth.
The researchers also found that the anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe vera can help keep gums healthy.
The study compared the germ-fighting capability of an aloe vera tooth gel to two well known toothpaste brands. The research showed the aloe vera tooth gel to be as effective as the commercial brands at containing cavity-causing bacteria.
This study comes on the heels of another study that found that Aloe vera can help with other oral health woes such as canker sores, cold sores and herpes.
The lead author of the study, Dr Dilip George, suggests that consumers research aloe products to find the ones produced in a manner that best maintains the plant's nutrients. This is because overheating at any step in the process can reduce or outright destroy the positive compounds in Aloe vera.
In terms of oral health, consumers with sensitive teeth and gums can benefit the most from Aloe vera because it does not contain the abrasive elements found in most toothpaste brands.
It is becoming more and more apparent that the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral actions of Aloe vera give the plant many more health properties than simply healing cuts and burns. Aloe vera has been linked to a number of health benefits, including but not limited to pain relief from hemorrhoid surgery, helping with kidney stones, managing diabetes, reducing the risk of cancer and helping with dry skin.