Thursday, 3 January 2019

Herbal Aloe Vera, a Potent Mouth Wash for the Prevention and Treatment of Gingivitis with No Side Effects

By Kyle J. Norton 

Scientists may have found a low-cost natural gel or mouthwash with no side effects, according to the studies.

Gingivitis is a condition characterized by the inflammation of gum or gum disease.

Most causes of gingivitis in the general population are associated with long-term poor hygiene.

However, People who are smoking and chewing tobacco, having certain medical conditions such as diabetes or consuming oral contraceptives, steroids, anticonvulsants, calcium channel blockers are also at a higher risk of gingivitis.

Untreated gingivitis can lead to a serious infection of periodontitis, the major causes of tooth loss in adults, according to the American Dental Association.

Most cases of untreated gingivitis can also induce complications of bad breath, persistent gum bleeding, and receding gums.

Treatments of gingivitis are to control the infection and totally depending on the stages of the disease. However, regardless of the type of treatment, patients are all required to keep up good daily care at home.  

People who smoke or tobacco chewing in some cases may be advised to quit or reduce the amount of intake per day.

Aloe Vera is species of succulent plant in the genus Aloe, belonging to the Family Xanthorrhoeaceae, native to Sudan. It has become very popular for commercial cultivation due to its health benefits. Aloe vera has been used in herbal medicine in treating many kinds of disease, including wound, burn healing, minor skin infections, sebaceous cysts, diabetes, and elevated of cholesterol, etc.

The herbal plant is also one of many popular herbs studied in scientific ways with some conflicting results.

The ten main areas of chemical constituents of Aloe vera include amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, lignins, monosaccharide, polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, and sterols.

With an aim to find a natural compound for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis with no side effects, researchers at the University of Fortaleza examined the effect of Aloe vera in a randomized, parallel and double-blind clinical trial.

The study included 30 participants randomly allocated to the test group (n=15) dentifrice containing Aloe vera - or the control group (n=15) - fluoridated dentifrice and participants were asked to brush their teeth with the control or test dentifrice, three times a day, during a 30-day period.

According to the Plaque index (PI) and gingival bleeding index (GBI) assessed at days 0 and 30, a significant reduction on plaque and gingivitis in both groups, but no statistically significant difference was observed among them.

The result suggested that the dentifrice containing Aloe vera exerted the similar effects as that of fluoridated dentifrice against plaque and gingivitis.

Furthermore, a total of 45 patients who were diagnosed with plaque-induced gingivitis included in the study. were divided into three groups with fifteen patients in each group to evaluate the effects of Aloe vera.

Group 1 was asked to rinse with 10 ml of aloe vera mouthwash twice daily for three months. Group 2 were treated with scaling only. Group 3 patients were asked to rinse with aloe vera mouthwash and scaling was done.

According to the data obtained at the baseline, end of the first month, and the end of the third month, all three groups showed a significant reduction in gingival inflammation. Aloe vera mouthwash showed the greatest effect compared to other groups.

The results were attributed to the Aloe vera anti-inflammatory activity.

Dr.Ajmera N, the lead scientist said, "it (Aloe vera) can be used as an adjunct to mechanical therapy for treating plaque-induced gingivitis".

Taken altogether, herbal Aloe vera may be used as a mouthwash for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis with on side effects

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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(3) Aloe vera: It's effect on gingivitis by Ajmera N, Chatterjee A, Goyal V.(PubMed)
(4) A randomized, double-blind clinical study to assess the antiplaque and antigingivitis efficacy of Aloe vera mouth rinse by Chandrahas B, Jayakumar A, Naveen A, Butchibabu K, Reddy PK, Muralikrishna T.(PubMed)
(5) Effect of a dentifrice containing Aloe vera on plaque and gingivitis control. A double-blind clinical study in humans by de Oliveira SM, Torres TC, Pereira SL, Mota OM, Carlos MX.(PubMed)

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