Although summer is drawing to a close there is still time to celebrate summer herbs and their ability to enhance your oral health. Whether you use these healthy herbs in recipes or choose to chew them straight from the plant, the following help freshen breath and fight germs naturally.
Hurray for Herbs
It doesn’t matter if you grow your own herbs in a carefully cultivated garden or select bunches from your local grocery store or farmer’s market; however you pick them, fresh herbs have the power to freshen breath and enhance your oral health.
Although you probably prefer them in recipes, chewing on the leaves and stems of the following herbs: basil, cilantro, parsley, peppermint, spearmint, and thyme can provide a quick, yet thorough cleaning of your mouth and gums.
Here are some fast facts about these healthy herbs…
A member of the mint family, it’s no wonder that a few sprigs of basil can help freshen breath, whether eaten raw or cooked in a favorite dish. Some people even steep basil leaves for a nutrient-rich tea.
A popular herb in a variety of dishes, cilantro is potent anti-inflammatory and also known for its ability to help rid the body of foodborne illnesses, thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Considered among the most powerful plants that fight disease, parsley also offers antimicrobial properties that combat foodborne bacteria like Listeria and Salmonella.
Food for thought: although it’s generally preferable to use fresh herbs whenever possible, dried parsley might actually contain higher levels of antioxidants.
Another herb rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory potential, peppermint not only has a refreshing flavor but can help fight against oral infections by restricting the growth of bacteria on the teeth, gumline and oral tissues.
Known for its germicidal properties, spearmint is a natural fit to feature as the prime ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash. For even faster and all-natural germ fighting power, chew fresh mint leaves.
A specific component of this herb commonly used in cooking, thymol (found in Listerine) has proven effective in stopping pathogens from growing in the mouth and is especially helpful for those who wear braces, as well as those suffering from mouth thrush.
As much as we love a natural remedy from time to time, nothing can replace a professional teeth cleaning. How long has it been since we’ve seen you? We know the COVID-19 crisis has redefined our routines; however, we are back in the office and booking appointments.
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