Do Herbal Supplements Improve Your Oral Health?

Posted on 6/13/2018 by Jeremy Burke
Herbal Supplements Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA TX 79761-4232Over the past decade, herbal supplements have grown quite popular. However, what most people don't understand is that since these aren't considered ""medications,"" the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't regulate them.

This means there's no guarantee that they provide the benefits they advertise. Of course, there are some herbal supplements that seemingly do improve your oral health.

Herbal Supplements That Improve Your Oral Health

Although unregulated and largely undocumented, some people still swear by herbal supplements. For instance, naturopathic doctors recommend vitamin c, a, and e, along with bioflavonoids and chamomile tea for the treatment of gingivitis. They also recommend lysine for combatting canker sores.

There are also some great herbal supplements available that act as anti-inflammatory agents such as tea tree oil, grape seed extract, Aloe Vera gel, and echinacea.

The Impact of Herbal Supplements on Dentistry

Herbal supplements are all natural, which is why people think they're 10 times better than regular medications. However, there's also dangers associated with them as well - including internal bleeding and dangerous heartbeats.

They can also negatively interfere with your dental treatment. These are important things you'll want to know about before proceeding with a dental treatment so don't fear talking to us.

When you call us to set up your next dental exam, make sure you tell us what herbal supplements you're taking. This is important because everything our body consumes reacts with it.

If you don't tell us about what you're taking, we can't avoid these interactions (e.g. ginkgo biloba and vitamin e when taken with aspirin excessively thin your blood; Kava Kava, St. John's Wort, and high doses of vitamin c before anesthesia make the anesthesia less effective). So, call us today and schedule an exam and while you're at it, make sure to tell us what herbal supplements you're taking.
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