Clove Oil (Syzygium aromaticum): Dental Health

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is a herb that is often used in cuisine for its unique taste. Cloves also have a number of interesting nutritional properties that may also explain some of their use as traditional medicines. A number of studies have shown that various parts of the clove plant can have physiological effects in humans and animals that include bacteriostatic, bactericidal, anti-viral, antimycotic, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anaesthetic and analgesic properties. These properties may explain the traditional use of cloves in dental hygiene, and in particul;ar the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects may improve dental health by preventing bacterial growth. Cloves have also traditionally been used as anaesthetics and may have a use as temporary filling because of their physical properties and their abilities to prevent the growth of damaging microorganisms. Consuming cloves as part of a healthy diet might therefore confer significant dental health improvements. 

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Pulikottil, S. J. and Nath, S. 2015. Potential of clove of Syzygium aromaticum in development of a therapeutic agent for periodontal disease: A review. South African Dental Journal. 70(3): 108-115

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