Neem is an Old World tree whose oil has been used for millennia in medicinal products. While ancient, you may have seen neem listed as a main ingredient in many modern-day natural toothpastes. It is the antimicrobial and antifungal properties of the plant that make it such a popular ingredient, particularly for people who wish to avoid fluoride and other potentially toxic substances in their oral health products.
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Backed by Research
Several studies have been conducted into the efficacy of neem in the control of gum disease – all with positive results. In a recent study comparing neem with chlorhexidine gluconate (the most common active ingredient in antibacterial dental products), it was shown that neem, when added to toothpaste, outperformed this chemical by large margins. In fact, after six weeks of study, participants in the group using a toothpaste with neem had the lowest levels of both dental plaque and bacteria. Similar studies have produced nearly identical results, clearly showing that neem can be a powerful tool in the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
There are a number of natural alternatives to the harsh and toxic chemicals most commercial oral care products contain. To learn more, please contact Bright Smile Dental Care and schedule your next appointment today. Our family dentist serves Aloha and Hillsboro from our convenient Beaverton location.