Q. Dear Terry, “I had some dental work done last year, which included some fillings and other things. I’m trying to take better care of my teeth and gums. Aside from brushing and flossing, what else can I do?” – Alana M., Honolulu, HI
A. Dear Alana, When it comes to dental health, I highly recommend keeping your dentist in the loop. With that being said, I think I have some natural options that can help.
To help keep the gums and mouth healthy, I recommend concentrated plant oils of cinnamon, thyme, clove, and oregano. Cinnamon is a great antibacterial and antifungal, and was actually worth more than silver in ancient Rome. One of the most potent compounds in cinnamon, called cinnamaldehyde, has even been shown to inhibit Staphylococcus aureus. Thyme is one of the best concentrated plant oils to fight bacteria. However, this variety of thyme is a different species than you may use for cooking. The variety of thyme I recommend for oral health is Thymus satureioides. Clove has strong antibacterial properties for yeast and oral pathogens like Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia, which are both linked to periodontal disease. Lastly, oregano is one of my favorite botanicals because it is such a potent antimicrobial for bacteria, fungi, parasites, and more. Oregano is also a great anti-inflammatory, which makes it very useful for oral health.
Look for concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and their identity verified based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity, and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
I would take these four plant oils internally two to three times a day, or after each meal.
You may also want to consider adding propolis because it is an excellent antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and more. Make sure you use propolis that is purified to remove inactive resins and beeswax. I would take propolis once or twice per day.
Andrographis has been used to safely and effectively fight bacterial infections. I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content.
Lastly, you could add CoQ10 as ubiquinol or ubiquinone. I would take CoQ10 once or twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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