Natural dental care: Licorice root shown to improve oral health

Poway Dentist - Licorice Root - Photo Credit: Walter Siegmund via Wikimedia Comm

Licorice often conjures up the thought of red chewy candies, the black vine variety, or red nuggets – but you’ll probably want to stay away from those kinds of sugary treats when it comes to dental care. Instead, according to the American Dental Association, adults can opt for licorice root instead – an herb that has been shown to treat various oral concerns all-naturally. Of course, you’ll want to consult with a dentist in Poway on whether licorice root is an ideal natural remedy for you.

If your dentist has given you the OK, licorice root can be a great choice to help fight bacteria in the mouth – the same unwanted bacteria that causes tooth decay and periodontal disease. The advice comes following a recent stay that says dried licorice root acts as an anti-bacterial agent inside the moth and can help curb several major bacteria tied with the onslaught of cavities and gum disease. The substances licoricidin and licorisoflavan A were responsible for the positive effects of licorice root in the mouth.

The study was published in the Journal of Natural Products and was overseen by Stefan Gafner, Ph.D., a researcher who has conducted other studies for the popular natural company, Tom’s of Maine.

 Other uses for licorice root include treating sore throats, digestive issues, and other unwanted respiratory symptoms. The herb is also used in Chinese medicine and alternative medicine as a compound with other herbal substances to treat various symptoms and ailments. In some countries outside of the United States, licorice root is even being studied for in therapy for Hepatitis C patients.

If you’re interested in using licorice root as a supplement to your oral health program, you can find the herb in some natural toothpastes. You can also find licorice root in several tea formulas found in most natural health food stores. Remember, always consult with your dentist prior to engaging in any natural remedy program to be certain it is OK for your unique situation as herbal rememdies can have adverse and serious side effects and can also alter the way your current prescription medications are absorbed in the body. A qualified dentist in Poway can advise you properly if you wish to start a natural oral health care regimen.

Of course, you’ll always want to pair natural remedies with modern healthcare including brushing, flossing, regular checkups, and ongoing treatment of any oral health issues you may have. It’s important to keep up with daily oral healthcare in order to make the most of your dental visits. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Coleman, one of Poway’s best dentists, call (858) 748-4802. Dr. Coleman serves the greater Poway area including Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain, Mirarmar Ranch North, Rancho Encanta, Rancho Bernardo, Crestmont, Rancho Penasquitos and their surrounding areas.  Our office is conveniently located in Central Poway near Poway Road and Pomerado Road.

To learn more about our office and Dr. Coleman, read our About Us page and get to know why we’re one of Poway’s best dental care facilities.

Photo Credit: Walter Siegmund via Wikimedia Commons

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options