For hundreds of years, some traditional populations in Asia have known about a secret weapon in the battle against plaque and gum disease. It’s 100% natural, and it grows out of the ground. What is it? Neem.
Now, neem doesn’t just work according to the anecdotes of these tribes–this is not just some supposed “natural cure” that doesn’t have any scientific backing. There is real science to show that not only does neem work, but it works as well or better than many harsh modern chemicals found in toothpastes and mouthwashes!
- One study found that Neem is able to dramatically inhibit the growth of microorganisms in the mouth known to contribute to dental carries.
- Another study showed that Neem stick extract can reduce the ability of some streptococci to colonize tooth surfaces.
- A double-blind placebo-controlled study found that neem-based mouth rinse is equally efficacious in reducing plaque and gum bleeding, and has fewer side effects as compared to chlorhexidine (the most common ingredient in antibacterial dental care products).
- But perhaps the most interesting study is one that directly compared Neem gel to both a placebo group and a group receiving a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine. They found that the users of neem gel outperformed the standard oral care product–the Neem group showed the lowest dental plaque levels, and had the lowest levels of harmful bacteria that are associated with the formation of dental plaque and tartar.
All in all, neem is a 100% natural, and scientifically proven option for dental health.
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