Virtually everyone wants to be able to say that they have taken good care of their teeth and gums over the years. Unfortunately, a large percentage of individuals can't say this. However, if you're looking to improve your oral health after years of bad oral care habits or you would like to maintain your current state of oral hygiene (assuming it is good), you may want to consider the use of various all-natural herbs that can provide numerous oral health benefits. Here are three of the best herbs for your teeth and gums.

1. Licorice Root

According to the American Dental Association, studies show that dried licorice root can help improve your oral health by combating bacteria within the mouth. This helps reduce your risk of developing cavities as well as gum disease. Licorice root can also help improve the smell of your breath. Just keep in mind that the licorice candy you can purchase at the local candy or grocery store does not actually contain licorice root and is not healthy for your teeth or your kids' teeth.

2. Neem

Growing wildly across India and areas of Southeast Asia, various parts of the neem tree can help fight bacteria and inflammation of the mouth. These parts include everything from the flowers and seeds to the bark and roots. Back in the day, sticks of this herb were used as a natural toothbrush, which is actually a practice that is still widely popular today in areas where there is little to no access to state-of-the-art dental care. Research today shows that neem can help prevent cavities and gum disease by reducing plaque. It can even freshen your breath and stop your gums from bleeding.

3. Myrrh

Myrrh is removed from the bark of certain trees and can be used for a number of purposes, including oral hygiene. When it comes to toothaches and oral pain, this herb can be a life-saver when placed directly onto the tooth. It can also help reduce swollen and bleeding gums, freshen your breath and fight off various mouth bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Whether you want to add to your regular oral care routine that includes brushing and flossing or you want to freshen your breath and prevent cavities, these aforementioned herbs can help you do so naturally. All three can be used as a preventive or restorative method. Keep in mind these herbs are not a substitute for visiting your dentist. You should continue visiting your dentist, one like Silverado Family Dental, regularly and as recommended to avoid unnecessary dental problems.