Mouthwatchers Blog

09 May 2022

Propolis: Nature’s Best Kept Oral Care Secret

Propolis is one of the key ingredients in Doctor Plotka's New 100% Natural Fluoride-Free Whitening Toothpaste. So naturally, we wanted to share the many benefits of propolis and why you should add this ingredient to your oral healthcare routine. Let’s go!

What’s Propolis?

Propolis, also known as bee glue, is a greenish-brown waxy compound made by honey bees. It’s a combination of natural substances like tree sap, or flowers, plus beeswax. When mixed, it creates Propolis. Bees use propolis to construct hives. In addition, the resin-like substance acts as a barrier against predators and weather.

Interestingly, the composition of propolis varies depending on the bee's location and the landscape they have access to. For example, propolis from the Pacific Northwest would be different from propolis from the Sahara Desert because the plants, trees, and flowers differ in the regions. So far, there are at least 180 different compounds known to man.

Healing Since the Ancient Times

Since ancient times, propolis has provided many benefits to human health. Propolis was used as a mouth disinfectant by Ancient Greeks. Romans utilized the resin-like substance as an antiseptic. In WWI and WWII, propolis was used for its wound healing properties. During the wars, the Soviet Union included it in first aid kits to help with infection and healing. Since then, propolis has served as a natural remedy for sore throats, burns, wounds, and more.

Modern Uses of Propolis

Studies are starting to show that propolis may hold significant health benefits. Due to this, the usage of propolis is increasing, and more products are popping up on shelves across the world with this beneficial ingredient!

Below are some of the common uses:

  • Helps to reduce inflammation - propolis has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it effective in reducing inflammation.
  • A topical solution to keep wounds clean - propolis has been shown to help keep wounds clean and promote healing.
  • Soothes sore throats - propolis has been traditionally used to treat sore throats. It is thought to help by reducing inflammation and promoting healing.
  • Fights gastrointestinal issues - Propolis may help soothe gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and gastritis when taken as a supplement.

 

The Benefits of Propolis For Your Oral Health
1. Helps Fight Cavities

Propolis is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. These qualities kill bacteria, stopping plaque formation in its tracks! Propolis also makes the formation of plaque difficult as it kills the bacteria needed to create plaque.

2. Can Help Sensitive Teeth

Dentin sensitivity strikes when the enamel thins and allows cold temperatures or other irritants to pass through the dentin. Propolis can help protect sensitive teeth using the same protectant properties used on beehives in nature. The wax-like substance works to seal your enamel and dentin covering the tiny tubules to reduce sensitivities.

3. Promotes Healing

You can use propolis rinses to help promote healing after oral surgeries. Using this natural remedy as a rinse reduces pain and swelling.

4. Keeps Gums Healthy

Say goodbye to red, inflamed gums with propolis' antibacterial properties. Bacteria that get stuck in your gums can lead to inflammation and, over time, cause gum disease. By killing the bacteria and helping to eliminate plaque, propolis can help stop gum issues before they even start.

As you can see, there are many benefits to using toothpaste with propolis. Are you ready to give it a try? Head to our store and pick up a tube now!

Propolis: That’s a Wrap

Propolis is a powerful natural ingredient that has many health benefits. Over time it has proven effective at combating many ailments and keeping bacteria at bay. Consider adding products with propolis to your health and oral care routines for a natural remedy that really works!