General Dental Informtion

Applications of herbal medicines in dentistry

Applications of herbal medicines in dentistry

Nowadays, herbal medicines are widely used in the treatment and prevention of oral diseases. Some herbs have been also used as a mouthwash or ointments to prevent tooth decay and treat aphthous stomatitis, herpes, and other oral diseases:

Herbal remedies for aphthous stomatitis

Aphthous stomatitis is a common condition characterized by the repeated formation of painful ulcers mainly on the mobile mucosa of the mouth (e.g. the tongue and the inner part of the lips and cheeks). These circular, shallow, and painful ulcers rarely appear on the soft or hard palate and gums.

1-Chamomile

Medicinal form of chamomile: 15-ml solution

Indications: Chamomile solution is used to treat inflammation of the oral mucosa and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

Compounds: Chamomile solution is made from the hydro-alcoholic extract of the German chamomile plant. Every 100 ml of the solution contains 10 mg of chamazulene and at least 2 mg of apigenin.

Active ingredients: Essential oils such as chamazulene, bisabolol, and the flavonoid apigenin

Dosage: 30 drops in a cup of lukewarm water three times a day for adults and 10-20 drops in a cup of lukewarm water three times a day for children.

As a mouthwash: Mix a tablespoon of the solution with half a glass of lukewarm water and gargle three times a day.

Side effects: It is contraindicated in people with chamomile allergy and patients with asthma. Although the safety of this product during pregnancy and lactation has not been proven, its advantages must be weighed against its disadvantages.

Chamomile tea and chamomile flowers for the treatment of oral aphthous

2-Myrtex

Medicinal form: 15-ml solution

Indications: Myrtex solution is used to treat minor cases of aphthous stomatitis.

Compounds: This product contains 57.7% of the essential oil of myrtle.

Active ingredients: Essential oils such as 1, 8-cineole, alpha-Pinene, myrtenol, limonene, and myrtol

Dosage: Pour 10 drops of the solution on a piece of cleansing tissue and apply to the lesions for 30 seconds 5-6 times a day.

Precautions: This product may cause allergic reactions. Since myrtle extract causes laryngeal and bronchial spasms, asthma-like attacks, and even respiratory failure in children, this product should be cautiously applied for children.

Side effects: Oral administration of myrtle causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in rare cases. This product can also cause laryngeal and bronchial spasms, asthma-like attacks, and even respiratory failure in infants and children.

Contraindications: The oral administration of this product is contraindicated in patients with gastrointestinal inflammation, cholangitis, and liver disease.

Contraindications in pregnant or lactating women: Although the safety of this product during pregnancy and lactation has not been proven, its advantages must be weighed against its disadvantages.

Herbal medicine drops for home dental treatment

Herbal remedies for herpes

Oral herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. The virus causes painful sores on your lips, gums, tongue, palate, and inside your cheeks. As the name implies, these sores usually appear after a period of fever or cold. Primary sores appear as a cluster of blisters on a red base. More details about this medicinal plant are provided below.

Home remedies and herbs for dental problems

1-Melissan

Medicinal form: 5-gram topical gel

Indications: Melissan gel is used as an antiviral drug in the treatment of herpes

Compounds: Melissan gel contains 1% dry extract of Dracocephalum.

Active ingredients: Essential oils such as citronellal, citral, and geraniol and polyphenols such as rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid

Dosage: Apply the gel to the affected area 2-3 times a day

Side effects: This product may cause allergic reactions

Tea and leaves of melissa or lemon balm for herpes of the mouth

2-Persica:

Medicinal form: 30-ml solution

Persica drops are used in the following cases:

  • Prevent increased plaque on the teeth
  • Tooth decay, bleeding and gum disease
  • Disinfectants
  • Pain reliever for toothache and gums

Ingredients: Persica drops are composed of hydroalcoholic extracts of the following plants:

  • 30% toothbrush plant
  • Yarrow 25%
  • Mint 45%

Active ingredients: Calcium, fluoride, chloride, isocyanate compounds, tannins, essential oils such as menthol and azulene, and acyl alkaloids.

Dosage: Rinse your mouth with 10 to 15 Persica drops in 15 ml of water (2-3 tablespoons) for 20 seconds 2 times a day in order to prevent tooth decay and oral diseases.

Rinse your mouth with 10 to 15 Persica drops in 15 ml of water (2-3 tablespoons) for 20 seconds 3 to 5 times a day in order to treat oral diseases and prevent bleeding gums.

Rinse your mouth with 10 to 30-40 Persica drops in 15 ml of water (2-3 tablespoons) for 20 seconds 2 to 4 times in order to prevent bleeding and infections after tooth extraction and oral surgery.

Side effects: This product may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to mint and yarrow. Although the safety of this product during pregnancy and lactation has not been proven, its advantages must be weighed against its disadvantages.

Persica plant and brushing with Persica wood

3-Myrtoplex

Medicinal form: 5-gram ointment

Indications: This product has antiviral properties against herpes type 1 (HSV-1, or oral herpes) and herpes type 2 (HSV-2, or genital herpes) and is used to treat skin herpes in different areas of the body and around the vagina.

Compounds: Myrtoplex ointment contains 57.7% of the essential oil of myrtle.

Active ingredients: Tannins, polyphenols, essential oils such as myrtol and cineole, and flavonoids.

Dosage: Apply a thin layer of the ointment to ulcers and massage gently 3-5 times a day.

Contraindications in pregnant or lactating women: Although the safety of this product during pregnancy and lactation has not been proven, its advantages must be weighed against its disadvantages.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist
About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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