By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
The best aloe vera products for dental problems.
(HERE is a link to scientific research supporting aloe vera application for dental problems.)
Aloe vera is a plant which grows in tropical regions around the world, and the thick, clear gel inside it's thick leaves has been used as a medicine since ancient times. This aloe gel has health-promoting properties both when swallowed (ie. taken internally) and also when put directly onto the skin. It takes down inflammation and promotes faster healing of wounds, cuts and burns, according to the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. (2016).
Some of the best aloe vera products come from an American company called Forever Living. When I came across the many potential benefits of aloe vera gels, I did a lot of research into the quality of different products, and investigated how much aloe vera they actually contain.
Some drinks that you see in the supermarket have "Aloe Vera Drink" on the label. But if you check the actual content of aloe vera, it is frequently less than 5%.
But the Aloe Drink from Forever Living contains 99.7% aloe gel. That's a big difference.
Once I had discovered the very high aloe content of the Forever Living aloe drink, I investigated the quality of their aloe gel, and how it is sourced and produced.
According to Forever Living, their aloe vera has been certified by the International Aloe Science Council for its purity. They also offer an unconditional 60-day money-back guarantee on all their products. It seems they are confident of the quality of their products.
What Aloe Product is the Best for Your Dental Problem?
Here is a list of possible dental problems where aloe vera may help. Just click on the problem name to go straight to the best solution:
Aloe First Spray
This is a spray containing aloe gel and propolis. (Propolis is the protective substance gathered and used by bees to disinfect and protect their hives from pathogens.) As a spray, it's excellent for applying to a larger area such as your tongue and throat.
I think it's the perfect solution when you have a sore throat, or suffer from dry mouth. Just 1 or 2 sprays directed straight into your open mouth will deliver a thin layer of aloe product onto the back of your throat, tongue, and roof of your mouth.
The combination of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-virus properties together with the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of the aloe and propolis means that this spray will help to relieve the symptoms AND the causes of sore throat and dry mouth.
Forever Bright Toothgel
Forever Bright® toothgel contains only the highest quality ingredients. Natural peppermint and spearmint flavorings leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
This toothgel is FLUORIDE-FREE, and also contains bee propolis. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory combination of aloe gel and propolis helps to reduce gum redness, swelling and discomfort, by inhibiting plaque build-up. Forever Bright® is one of the best toothgels on the market, recently voted 2nd best toothpaste in the world (2019).
Years of research, development and collaboration with scholars and dentists have provided Forever Living with the optimum Aloe-based formula for effective cleaning.
Aloe Vera Gelly
Extracted from the aloe vera’s inner leaf, the 100% stabilised aloe vera gelly is a potent antiseptic, and promotes speedy healing of surgical wounds, cuts, and burns. This topical thick gel soothes and calms irritation.
This gel is excellent for helping fast healing of the gum where you have had a tooth extracted or a dental implant put in. It is also excellent for applying directly to mouth ulcers, sore gums, sore tongue, and can help with dry mouth.
For denture wearers, it's great for putting a thin layer inside your denture if you have sore, inflamed or swollen gums. Because the gel has an anti-fungal effect, it will combat any fungal infection under a denture, which can make your palate red and tender, with a slightly swollen "cobblestone" appearance.
Aloe Vera Drink
This new drinking gel is as close to the real thing as you can get, boasting 99.7% inner leaf aloe gel, carefully extracted by hand so that you get the full power of nature. This purifying gel now also contains vitamin C which contributes to the normal function of your immune system and to your normal body metabolism.
The anti inflammatory properties of aloe gel means that it can help with any condition where inflammation is a feature, such as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
There is also evidence that drinking the gel regularly can help with diabetes 2 and high cholesterol.
In his book "Aloe Vera - Nature's Gift" veterinary surgeon David Urch
describes how taking this aloe vera drink for 3 months helped to reduce
his severe migraine headaches and back pain following a car accident.
The recommended daily dose is 60ml to 120ml per day.
Warning; If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning pregnancy, taking any medications or are under medical supervision, please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before use.
Forever Bee Propolis
This is not an aloe vera product as such, but Forever has been producing it for decades, and it's SO good as a natural antibiotic, that I HAD to include it in this list! Propolis is the protective substance gathered and used by bees to disinfect and protect their hives from pathogens.
Forever is one of the oldest manufacturers of propolis on the market, and I believe they have a superior quality product that you can trust.
I recommend bee propolis tablets where you can let the tablet sit next to the problem area while it dissolves. You can hold it in your cheek next to an ulcer, or under your tongue, if you have a sore throat.
I recommend you take 1 tablet in the morning and one tablet in the evening - BUT YOU MUST SUCK IT SLOWLY. Just let it dissolve slowly in your mouth, near the problem area.
This is important. If you chew the tablet, the effects directly inside your mouth won't last as long as if you let the tablet dissolve slowly. Also, I find that chewing the tablet can leave little bits between my teeth, which is a little irritating.
The natural antibiotic effects will work on any infection in the gum. Of course, during the day you should also apply a small dab of the aloe gel with your fingertip, directly to the area, several times.
Additional Aloe Vera Products for Lips
Aloe Lip Balm
This is a great pocket-sized lip balm. This loaded lip product contains aloe, jojoba and three types of wax to smooth and soothe chapped, dry lips. It's good for protecting your lips all-year round when outdoors.
I do a lot of long-distance running, and I used to get dry lips when out training for several hours. Not anymore! I use this lip balm to prevent dryness and chapping. The aloe vera in this balm makes it the best I have tried.
Note that this general-purpose lip balm does not contain any sun screening. If you are outdoors a lot, or you will be in strong sunlight or at altitude, you may want to look at the Forever Sun Lips product below.
Forever Sun Lips
Cancer on the lip is a growing cause for concern. Take care of your lips by applying SPF 30 protection that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. This is a real must-have product for the summer months and offers perfect lip protection during ski season. It’s water-resistant for up to eighty minutes and has a refreshing cool-mint flavour. Of course, it contains aloe vera, which keeps your lips moisturized.
You should apply this lips protection every 60 minutes when you're in strong sunlight or outdoors at altitude.
Forever Travel Kit
Take a little bit of Forever with you whenever and wherever you travel! The Forever Travel Kit includes Aloe Moisturizing Lotion, Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo x 2, Aloe-Jojoba Conditioning Rinse and Forever Bright Toothgel, all in convenient, airline-approved sizes for easy packing.
These are the best aloe vera products that I have been able to find, that can help with certain dental problems. I have personally tested them myself, as well as recommending them to my patients. The results are always impressive!
Here is a link to a scientific research article published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research in 2016, supporting the use of aloe vera products in dentistry.
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