There are many natural ways to improve health. A healthy, active lifestyle, a well balanced diet with vitamins, minerals and herbs have been shown to be very effective in preventing and even treating many diseases throughout the human body. This includes the mouth. While they may have some benefits, many herbs and supplements can have side effects for your oral health and some may even complicate dental treatment. The list below is a very brief list of the most common herbs that may affect your dental care. Most herbs, in appropriate quantities, allow safe dental work to be performed without altering your routine. To be sure, please make sure Dr. Duke is aware of any and all medications, vitamins, minerals, herbs and supplements you may be taking to avoid complications.

  • Cayenne – interacts with anitbiotics, acetominophen and ibuprofen; increases the risk of bleeding
  • Echinacea – interacts with acetominophen
  • Ephedra – increases risk of bleeding
  • Evening Primrose – increases risk of bleeding
  • Feverfew – interacts with aspirin; increases the risk of bleeding; causes dry mouth
  • Garlic – interacts with acetominophen, aspirin and anesthetics; increases the risk of bleeding
  • Ginger – interacts with aspirin; increases the risk of bleeding
  • Ginseng – interacts with acetominophen and aspirin; increases risk of bleeding
  • Ginko – interacts with acetominophen and aspirin; increases the risk of profuse bleeding, bleeding of the gums or increased periodontal disease
  • Goldenseal – interacts with warfarin; increases the risk of bleeding and bruising; lowers blood sugar, increases steriod effectiveness
  • Kava – interacts with general anesthesia, oral sedatives and prescription pain pills; increases sedation
  • Licorice – interacts with aspirin; alters body’s ability to regulate blood pressure
  • St. John’s Wort – interacts with oral sedatives; increases sedation
  • Saw Palmetto – interacts with aspirin; increases risk of bleeding
  • Valerian – interacts with antibiotics, warfarin, steroids, oral sedatives, anti-inflammatory pills, general anesthesia, and prescription pain pills; photosensitivity, reduces effectiveness of antibiotics, increases risk for bleeding, increases sedation

    Herbs and spices with mortar and bottle with oil
    Herbs and spices with mortar and bottle with oil