Azadirachta indica: A herbal panacea in dentistry

Oral illnesses are one of the most serious public health issues and the most frequent chronic diseases afflicting humanity. Natural products are being evaluated as an attractive alternative to synthetic antimicrobials.

‘Azadirachta Indica’, often known as neem, Indian lilac, or nimtree, is a mahogany tree in the Meliaceae family. It is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and most African countries and is one of two species of the genus Azadirachta. It grows well in tropical and semi-tropical climates. Due to its therapeutic qualities, it has been utilised by Indians for the treatment of numerous ailments since time immemorial. It is a miracle tree of contemporary medicine, popularly used in Ayurveda, Unani, and Homoeopathic treatment. For centuries, ‘Azadirachta indica’, has helped treat inflammation, infections, fevers, skin disorders, and dental issues.

Nimbidin, azadirachtin, and Nimbin are active chemicals found in neem that have antibacterial properties. A variety of toothpastes and toothpowders contain neem bark as an active component. Neem bark is frequently used in dentistry to cure gingivitis and naturally maintain tooth health due to its antibacterial properties.

Neem’s impact on Oral Hygiene 

Neem is a natural herb that aids in improving oral hygiene. Bad breath can not only be a source of public humiliation but is also commonly known as halitosis, and is an indication of poor dental health. The powder or oil’s abundance of germ-killing qualities aids in the elimination of foul breath and germs from the oral cavity, preventing swelling, bleeding, and other oral issues.

Following are few benefits that neem provides to safeguard oral hygiene:

  1. Protection against Bacteria
    The natural organic neem twig from Ayurveda is excellent in combating germs. As a result, it aids in the prevention of bacteria. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial characteristics help in improving dental health.
  1. Balances Alkaline Levels
    Brushing with neem datun helps balance saliva alkaline, which aids in remineralising enamel and combating cavity-causing germs.
  1. Strengthens the gums
    Natural neem tooth-cleaning sticks are used to heal inflamed gums, alleviate toothaches, and clean teeth.
  1. Prevents Plaque
    Neem twigs can reduce bacterial load in the mouth; they can assist in preventing plaque, tartar, and ulcers from forming.
  1. Teeth Whitening
    Neem datun is quite effective in teeth whitening as it helps eliminates the yellowish hue.

 Different ways in which Neem can be used: 

    1. Wound healer: Make a paste out of neem leaves and apply it to wounds or bug bites several times a day until they recover.
    2. Dandruff Removal: Boil a bundle of neem leaves and allow them to cool until the water becomes green. Cleanse your hair with this water after you’ve washed it with shampoo.
    3. Acne Removal:  Neem paste can be applied on the skin to help with acne. The paste can also assist with eczema, black patches, and persistent ulcers.
    4. Ear Boils: Blend some neem leaves with some honey to treat ear infections. To cure ear boils, use a few drops of this mixture.
    5. Skin disorders: Turmeric mixed with a paste of neem leaves can be used to treat itching, eczema, ringworms, and other minor skin conditions.
    6. Immunity booster: Crush some neem leaves and drink them with a glass of water, to boost your immunity.

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