One of the most popular ways to use neem is for oral health. You’ll find it widely used in Ayurvedic toothpaste, mouthwash, and oral hygiene. It’s even in the whitening toothpaste from Wellness. Neem products have a lot of benefits for the mouth and gums.
They’re antimicrobial to fight harmful strains of bacteria in the mouth. The anti-inflammatory properties also help soothe gingivitis and irritated gum tissue. While a healthy, whole foods diet is the best first line of defense when it comes to a healthy mouth, neem can also be a helpful ally.
A study found that neem helped with several bacteria found in tooth decay. a meta-analysis reported on neem’s positive track record against mouth cancer. Multiple studies show it helps fight drug-resistant bacteria and tricky biofilms in the mouth.
Several studies have shown promising results with neem’s ability to control plaque and reduce gum inflammation. However, a 2017 review found that many of these mouthwash studies were flawed or biased. Because neem is such a potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, it’s still a welcome ingredient in my oral care routine.