Sage is effective in improving oral and dental health, reveal studies
Keeping your mouth and teeth clean is not important only for appearance sake, but it also paramount, because poor oral hygiene will lead to bacterial breading, which can travel through the bloodstream and cause a heart attack, according to the Oral Health Foundation. So, is there an effective natural way to improve oral and dental health? Scientists say there is, as sage plants are effective in improving oral and dental health.
Scientists found that Sage, scientifically know as salvia, the largest genus of plants, is effective in improving oral and dental health because of its antibacterial and anti – inflammatory properties. Here are some studies.
In an animal model study, induced periodontitis in rats, was treated with the ethanolic extract of Salvia sclarea L ( a type of salvia species). It was found that the treatment with S. sclarea extract, compared to the untreated group of the rats, significantly diminished the process of inflammation. This was concluded to be a result to the potent antioxidant activities found in the plant. Having in mind that overproduction of reactive oxygen species is connected to periodontitis, the strong antioxidant capacity may be contributable to anti-inflammatory properties of the extract.
In a randomized clinical trial, 70 girls aged 11–14 years, with Streptococcus mutans (SM) which causes dental plaque, were divided in two groups for treatment: 35 subjects used a placebo mouth wash and 35 used a sage mouth wash for 21 days. Researchers observed that the sage mouthwash effectively reduced the number of streptococcus mutans in dental plaque.
In another study, 30 patients with gingivitis and 30 patients with mouth ulcers used sage mouthwash to treat gengivitis and mouth ulcers. Analysis of gingival scores by gingival index of loe and silness of sage mouthwash, individually showed a statistically highly significant improvement and healing of gingivitis (decreased mean value) from the first day to the sixth day. Mouth ulcers signs and symptoms of the study group in comparison with control group showed a statistically significant improvement in daily observations. It was concluded therefore thatsSage extract is effective as an anti-inflammatory product against gingival inflammation and mouth ulcers.
Besides being effective in improving oral and dental health, sage has been reported to have other medicinal properties that might interest you, and one of them is that sage has been proven to be anti-diabetic. For natural ways to tackle dental health, like getting rid of white spots, click here. Lastly, if you want know more about how important dental hygiene is, read: 8 Health Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene that Extend Beyond Your Mouth.