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Help with plaque

Posted by: admin at 10:50 am on January 14th, 2016

  • plaque
  • aleo vera
  • candida

Q: 

I have a tendency to build on plaque on my teeth. I was told to use aloe vera juice to reduce the plaque and am shocked at the results! Can you please explain how this works and share your thoughts on aloe vera and its benefits?

A:

Aloe vera is a very popular medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years, primarily for burns on the skin. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Aloe Vera ointment as an over-the-counter medication for burns on the skin back in 1959. Studies have suggested that it is very effective on first and second degree burns and reduces the healing time of burns around nine days when compared to conventional medication according to Authority Nutrition. Aloe Vera is perhaps of more interest to the dental community and its potential to reduce gingivitis or plaque. According to an article published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology in 2012, the double blind study had one hundred and twenty subjects abstain from dental hygiene for two weeks.  The researchers divided the subjects into three groups: one group received pure aloe vera, the second group received a placebo of distilled water and the third group of subjects received a solution of chlorhexidine (used in mouthwash). The first group of  subjects showed the most significant reduction of plaque and gingivitis that was considered quite effective. In a peer reviewed study published in General Dentistry, published by Academy of General Dentistry, aloe vera was compared to two popular toothpastes to reveal effectiveness in reducing plaque and a great alternative to people who suffer from sensitive teeth and gums. Aloe vera works on plaque by killing the plaque producing bacteria Streptococcus mutans in the mouth as well as the yeast Candida albicans. According to Mayo clinic, aloe vera has good scientific evidence for use for constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. If you add aloe vera to your diet, always select a brand that contains ninety nine percent organic ingredients and is enhanced with Aloesorb. As I ALWAYS recommend, please consult with your physician before adding any dietary supplement to your eating regime.

 

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