You may be familiar with the powerful soothing and healing properties associated with aloe vera. It's available in many forms and is a popular herbal remedy for cuts and burns. Among other uses, aloe tooth gel and toothpaste products are becoming more mainstream, but what benefits does aloe vera have on your dental hygiene?
Aloe Vera Toothpaste: What are the Benefits?
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What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a succulent plant known for being a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins. It heals burns and thin cuts, improves digestive function, and reduces arthritis pain with its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. The aloe gel from the plant is a featured ingredient in cosmetics, food supplements, and even oral care products.
Is Aloe Vera Toothpaste Good for Teeth?
Studies suggest that aloe vera toothpaste reduces inflammation, protects gums, and refreshes breath by controlling harmful bacteria. It’s a natural cleaner that can gently soothe tooth and gum pain. Can aloe vera whiten your teeth? The antibacterial properties found in aloe can be leveraged to remove darkness/ yellowing from teeth—but aloe is usually just one ingredient in fluoride-free oral care products formulated for teeth whitening.
Aloe Vera vs. Regular Toothpaste
Though aloe vera oral care products are rising in popularity, substantial evidence does not yet suggest that they can effectively kill harmful bacteria that lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Natural ingredients make up many aloe vera tooth gels and toothpaste—unlike regular toothpaste options. Because aloe vera toothpaste products don't typically contain alcohols, sugars, or harsh abrasives, aloe vera is excellent for people with sensitive teeth.
Can You Brush Your Teeth With Aloe Vera Gel?
Aloe vera toothpaste and tooth gels are specially formulated for oral use with the help of dental professionals. In some cases, rubbing a non-dental aloe gel on a sore tooth or cut in your mouth can relieve your pain, but a formulation developed for oral use would be best.
Aloe vera is extremely versatile and an excellent source of natural soothing. If you have sensitive teeth or gums or are interested in transitioning to natural oral care alternatives, discuss the benefits of aloe vera products with a dental professional to see if aloe is suitable for your dental needs.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.