I think it is wonderful that there has been so much dental research over the past few decades. Science has given us so much useful information that has lead us to changes and advances in dental care, speaking as one with a deep seated and long standing fear of dentists, it ALMOST makes the semi-annual trip to the dentist a pleasure! Well … maybe not a pleasure, but definitely not a visit that evokes such anxiety that I make myself sick with anticipation of pain and discomfort! I’ve heard some ladies say they would rather give birth without medication than go to the dentist! I think we can all celebrate less invasive and gentler methods of prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Mother Nature’s Contribution
I recently read an article about a couple of natural ingredients that are showing promise in the realm of the treatment of gum diseases. What do you know about licorice root and coconut oil? Well, I, personally, knew a little about these natural substances, but this new information really gets my mind spinning!. Follow along with me while I briefly share what I learned about licorice root and coconut oil and how they can affect your oral health.
A study was done in 2012 by by the American Chemical Society that found the licorice had been used traditionally in Chinese medicine as a cavity prevention method. Stefan Gafner and his cohorts decided to dig deeper into this bit of history. After close examination of the active parts of the root, they found that several properties did possess the power to kill cavity causing bacteria! Licoricidin and licorisoflaven A were found to be the most effective, being shown to kill two particular bacteria known to cause cavities as well as two bacteria that have been linked to gum disease! Caution was encouraged, however. Because there are certain side effects and contraindications associated with this natural substance, it is recommended talking with your doctor before gulping it down.
There was another study done in 2012 … this one done by the Society for General Microbiology. They studied coconut oil that was treated with enzymes and found that this was effective in the fight against the majority of the Streptococcus bacteria. These bacterium have been found to be a large cause of tooth decay. This research provides promise for the development of future over-the-counter oral care products.
As you can see, the research goes on and better ways to manage and treat gum and periodontal disease are being found. There is no reason any longer to fear that dental exam. Your Long Island Periodontist can identify and treat gum diseases in any member of your family. Call Dr. Scarf at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at http://drscharf.com and he can tell you how he treats gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.