Alternative medicine or "natural remedies" for dental care have been around for centuries only now there is research to prove if they are effective.

  1. Fluoride-naturally occurring mineral has been proven to protect teeth from decay.
  2. Mouthwash - Non-alcohol mouthwash-alcohol dries out the mouth which can cause discomfort and create an environment for more plaque to thrive.
  3. Tea-wet tea bags can give relief from canker sores, swollen gums, toothaches and stop bleeding after extraction.
  4. Natural preventive treatment for cold sores-A diet that is high in lysine and low in arginine has been found to be helpful. In vitro studies indicate that the amino acid arginine is required by the herpes virus to replicate. Since lysine competes with arginine for intestinal transport, a diet rich in lysine (brewers yeast, legumes, dairy, wheat germ, fish and meat) and low in arginine may have an antiviral effect. Chocolate, peanuts and almonds are high in arginine and should be avoided. In addition to dietary changes, lysine supplements are recommended. A dose of 1,000 mg taken three times a day has been shown to be effective. This approach is not curative but can help prevent recurrences
  5. Green tea halts growth of oral cancer cells and breaks down and kills existing oral cancer. Ingesting or swishing with green tea introduces the tea polyphenols to the oral cancer cells which may be present in the mouth. The polyphenols are antioxidants, which work to remove the free radicals (oxidants) that cause mutation of genes, which may lead to cancerous growth to prevent gene mutations from the actions of the oxidants and cause cell death in cancerous cells without harming the normal cells. They can also inhibit the growth and spread of cancerous cells. The mouth's mucous lining must be exposed to four to six cups of green tea a day. This study suggest the use of green tea as a beverage or in oral health and skin care products is likely to be beneficial in helping to prevent oral cancer.
  6. Zinc- available in lozenges to relieve pain of sore throat. Topical applications of zinc can reduce symptoms and prevent cold sores recurrences. It is applied directly to the skin at the site of the flare-up. Zinc can also be used to help alleviate cold and flu symptoms.
  7. Lemon Balm-lemon balm cream promoted the healing of cold sore blisters in 5 days . Used on regularly, lemon balm cream can decrease the frequency of recurrences.
  8. Honey-has enzymes that contain antibacterial quality...phytochemicals which act as antioxidants to prevent the erosion of tissue surrounding teeth as a result of an infection*. Caution, honey can vary widely in the potency of its antibacterial agents and should not be given to children under 2.
  9. Plant Aloe Vera: Relieve a Cold Sore-anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera provides additional benefits to the skin, such as amino acids, B1,B2,B6 and C vitamins.
  10. Dentists are recommending patients to consume aloe vera juice to treat various internal ulcerations of the mouth, including apthous ulcer, lichen planus and oral mucus membranes. Recent findings show that aloe vera cleared up oral lesions associated with lichen planus better than any other traditional treatments.
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