Is Marshmallow Root the Key to Healthier Gums?

When you think about marshmallows, the first images to pop up in your head are probably s’mores or a fluffy white topping for a mug of hot chocolate.

It may be difficult to comprehend that something used to create this sugary treat could actually benefit your health. However, marshmallow root can actually be beneficial for both your oral and overall health.

The History of Marshmallow Root in Health-care

Historically, marshmallow root has been used to treat a variety of conditions. It was thought to heal burns and bruises while soothing inflammation and muscle pain. In more modern times, it is still used for these issues, but it is also thought to provide a soothing effect to irritated tissues of the digestive and urinary tracts.

Marshmallow Root and Your Oral Health

Because of the anti-inflammatory properties that accompany the use of marshmallow root, it is thought that this substance can benefit the gums. It is especially beneficial when used as a mouthwash in order to treat swelling, inflammation, and pain, and if you want to make your own rinse, there are a few steps to follow:

  • Boil a cup of water in the microwave by heating it on high for about two minutes
  • Take the marshmallow root and steep it for approximately ten minutes to create a thick paste. Some people apply this paste directly onto the gums for relief.
  • Drain the marshmallow root substance and pour the juices into a cup or container once cooled.

Now that you have your marshmallow root rinse, you can rinse out your mouth with it several times a day until you experience relief. You can also speed up the healing process by first brushing with a marshmallow root tooth brush.

Before you try any home remedy or new treatment plan, be sure to contact our office.