A social media post claims that a herb called comfrey when used in the form of oil-pulling or mouthwash, used regularly along with clove, can heal teeth and gums. We fact-checked and found this claim to be Mostly False.
A Twitter post says, “Comfrey – Heal your teeth and gums.” The narrator states, “They don’t want you to know that you can fix your teeth and gums.” During the video, the narrator claims that using comfrey along with clove regularly can heal teeth and gums.
Can clove and comfrey heal all teeth and gum diseases?
Not exactly. There is a lack of scientific evidence to prove that the combination of clove and comfrey heals all teeth and gum problems. While clove and comfrey may have potential benefits, they are not a cure-all for all dental issues.
Clove oil is a natural remedy that has been traditionally used for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Some people use clove oil to alleviate tooth pain and as an antiseptic for the mouth due to its powerful antioxidant properties. Clove may help alleviate tooth pain and inflammation, but it will not cure cavities or gum disease.
On the other hand, Comfrey is an herb plant native to Eurasia. Traditionally, it has been used for the topical treatment of pain, inflammation and swelling of muscles and joints in degenerative arthritis, acute myalgia in the back, sprains, contusions and strains. Therefore, comfrey may help soothe irritated gums, but it will not cure periodontal disease or prevent tooth decay. Research has also shown that it has toxic substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can damage the liver and can lead to death.
It must be noted that tooth decay is irreversible. This is because dental decay represents the damaged organic portions of the teeth. Although enamel remineralization occurs early on, it cannot be reversed once bacterial infiltration reaches the deeper layers.
It’s important to note that using natural remedies like clove and comfrey should not replace regular dental check-ups and professional dental care. A dentist can identify and address underlying dental problems that natural remedies may not be able to treat.
In addition, some natural remedies may have side effects or interactions with medications. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before using them for dental issues.
When we asked about this to our dental expert, Dr. Pooja Bhardwaj stated, “Clove has an anesthetic agent, eugenol, which has antiseptic properties and is known for quick relief. It is widely used with zinc oxide to make temporary fillings for sensitive tooth nerves. It promotes gum health and cavity prevention and bacterial activities that might cause infections. Therefore it’s widely used in toothpaste and mouthwash. Comfrey has a protein called allantoin which is known for cell proliferation along with a reduction in inflammation, wound and bone healing. That is why it is used for Sprain, strained, pulled muscle and ligament fractures and osteoarthritis in ointment form. Research shows that comfrey, when taken orally, can damage the liver, and FDA has recommended it to remove from all oral care products. Therefore it’s not justified to say that clove and comfrey heal all gum problems.”
Overall, while clove and comfrey may have some benefits for oral health, they are not a substitute for professional dental care. They should be used with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
This isn’t the first time we have found partly false claims around teeth and gums. THIP MEDIA has previously debunked probiotics such as melting candy restore teeth and gums.
How to keep the gums and teeth healthy and clean?
Maintaining good oral health involves several key steps. Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly helps remove plaque and prevent tooth decay. Additionally, using an antiseptic mouthwash can also help kill bacteria that cause gum disease and bad breath. It’s important to limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Also, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water can help wash away food particles and bacteria. It’s also important to avoid smoking and tobacco products, which increase the risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for detecting and treating dental issues early on. By following these steps, you can help keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean and maintain good oral health.
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