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Tooth decay and cavities get developed in almost 98 percentof the adult American population. The common cause of these conditions is alarge variety of bacterial pathogens mostly coming from the streptococcusfamily. Reduced occurrence of cavities after the teenage period is due to theresistance to streptococci developed over the years.

Severe dental conditions and the tooth decay were much morefrequent before the invention of fluorinated water in the 20thcentury, so the doctors of the old days had to discover herbs which wouldprotect the teeth and provide the patients with at least some kind of dentalhygiene.

A green tea-type of beverage can be made from Camelliasinensis which is rich in fluoride and various other organic substances helpfulin preventing tooth decay and dental disease. A few cups of tea a day sweetenedwith licorice instead of regular sugar will be of great help in fighting decay.Ordinary sugar as a sweetener should be avoided because it promotes muchfaster, extreme properties of tooth decay. Bay leaf has vast antibacterial propertiesand is a very powerful remedy for the prevention of tooth decay.

Even some brandsof toothpaste contain the compound made from the bay leaf. Bloodroot possesses anenormous capacity for busting plaque and tooth decay. A compound found inbloodroot is called Sanguinarine and it binds itself chemically to dentalplaque. It is also very effective against various gum diseases. Bloodroot iscommonly found in many dental care products and mouthwashes.

Licorice is a wonderful herbal sweetener and it also hasstrong antibacterial properties so that makes it very helpful in preventingtooth decay. Stevia is another herbal sweetener, and some claim that it is evensweeter than licorice. Tootache tree is powerful in relieving tooth pain and ithas antibacterial properties which greatly reduce dental decay.

Wild bergamotis also very efficient in fighting tooth decay. Geraniol is a chemical compoundcommonly found in wild bergamot and it is the main ingredient in charge ofpreventing tooth decay. Thymol is another compound abundant in the wildbergamot and is important because of its antiseptic properties. Chapparal also efficientlyfights tooth decay and is present in many mouthwash products. It can be used asa tea or a mouthwash to fully enjoy its antiseptic properties.

Myrrh is very potent against tooth decay andalso has antiseptic properties. One can prepare a dental rinse or liquid made fromthe herb.

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