Anyone who’s ever gotten a sunburn knows the calming, healing help that aloe vera offers. But this succulent botanical’s benefits aren’t limited to skin alone, according to dental experts.
Just as aloe extract can calm burned or irritated skin, it can also serve as a soother for sensitive gums and teeth. This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the chemical compounds called anthraquinones, found in aloe latex. Pain relief, however, isn’t the only reason to use aloe orally.
According to the Academy of General Denistry’s clinical journal, aloe vera gel can actually act as a substitute for traditional toothpaste. When compared to two popular formulas, aloe vera gel was able to control cavity- and disease-causing bacteria to an equal or greater degree. This is great news for anyone who finds typical toothpaste too abrasive, as aloe vera gel will thoroughly clean and calm their sensitive teeth and gums.
Researchers urge careful scrutiny of aloe tooth gel packaging, as not all forms of the extract will work properly. If you’re interested in trying this alternative, be sure to find a formula featuring stabilized gel from the center of the plant. (Try Forever Bright Aloe Vera Toothgel.) If there’s any doubt about your chosen product’s effectiveness or appropriateness for your teeth, ask your dentist.