Natural Oral Care in Dental Therapy
Because of increasing antibiotic resistance, strongerantibiotics are reserved for serious active infection, paving theway for a greater use of herbal antibiotics. This book helpsdentists in implementing safe and effective natural medicinetherapies to complement the current practice guidelines.Oral diseases continue to be a major health problem world-wide.Oral health is integral to general well-being and relates to thequality-of-life that extends beyond the functions of thecraniofacial complex. The standard Western medicine has had onlylimited success in the prevention of periodontal disease and in thetreatment of a variety of oral diseases.The dentist needs to be more informed regarding the use, safety andeffectiveness of the various traditional medicines andover-the-counter products.Herbal extracts have been used in dentistry for reducinginflammation, as antimicrobial plaque agents, for preventingrelease of histamine and as antiseptics, antioxidants,antimicrobials, antifungals, antibacterials, antivirals andanalgesics. They also aid in healing and are effective incontrolling microbial plaque in gingivitis and periodontitis andthereby improving immunity.The 26 chapters in this unique book explore all the measures toutilize the natural oral care obtained from plants, animals andmineral drugs for dental care.