Does Your Oral Health Get Any Benefits from Seaweed?
Posted on 9/23/2018 by Dr. Anthony Dailley
For many people, natural ingredients are the ideal way to stay healthy, especially when it comes to oral health. New research has actually examined how seaweed might be able to benefit the mouth, and some surprising benefits have been identified.
By better understanding how seaweed might help your mouth, you can decide whether it is a good addition to your oral hygiene routine.
Help Fight Plaque
Researchers have recently discovered an enzyme in seaweed that has plaque-fighting abilities. This enzyme has been found to break down plaque and bacterial colonies, which will ultimately improve your oral health. This finding has prompted many manufacturers to add seaweed to mouthwash, toothpaste, and other oral hygiene products.
In fact, seaweed mouthwash has been found to be just as effective as a commercial mouthwash but with additional benefits. Seaweed is a natural agent that offers selective antibacterial effects.
While it may remove harmful pathogenic bacteria, it tends to leave the 'good' probiotic bacteria in place. The 'good bacteria' control the growth of pathogenic bacteria that lead to plaque and cavities, which can ultimately keep your mouth healthier.
Prevent Gum Disease
Another reason that seaweed my benefit your oral health is when it comes to your gums. Studies have found that the enzymes in seaweed can significantly block the growth of bacteria that lead to gum disease. By inhibiting the growth of oral bacteria, fewer will build up along the gum line and in pockets within the gums.
Seaweed mouthwash and other oral health products may not be for everyone, so it is important that you consult with your dentist before making any major changes to your oral hygiene routine. If you are interested in seaweed or any other techniques to keep your mouth healthy, please give us a call. We can help to choose the best strategy for your unique mouth.