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"It is important to have all the facts, and always check with your dentist before you take any medications," says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Eric Shapira, DDS, MAGD. Often, there can be reactions between prescribed and herbal medications, so it is particularly important to get your dentist's advice if you are currently on any prescription medication.


Some dentists have embraced a holistic approach to treatment, meaning that the mouth is treated in balance with the entire body. For example, it has been found that disease-causing bacteria in the mouth can contribute to stomach ulcers or heart problems. But a holistic approach does not necessarily mean alternative, which generally refers to Oriental herbal medicine. Dr. Shapira stresses that herbs and vitamins, though sold as beneficial "natural" cures, could have side effects. Always know what you're taking. As Dr. Shapira says, "Herbs are drugs, and vitamins taken in excess are drugs, as well. Be careful."

Reviewed: January 2012