Origin: The neem tree, or Azadirachta indica, is a tree that belongs to the mahogany family, Meliaceae. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, including India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. Neem has been an integral part of traditional medicine in these areas for centuries, and its use in oral hygiene dates back to ancient times. Historically, neem twigs, also known as ‘datun’, have been used to clean teeth and gums through the act of chewing on them.
- Antibacterial Properties: Neem is well known for its antibacterial properties, which help in reducing plaque, controlling bacterial growth, and thus preventing tooth decay and gum diseases such as gingivitis.
- Breath Freshener: Due to its antibacterial activity, neem helps in combating bad breath by targeting the underlying causes, such as bacterial build-up, food debris, and plaque.
- Prevention of Tartar and Plaque: Regular use of neem-based oral care products can help in preventing the formation of tartar and plaque, which are common precursors to a variety of oral health issues.
- Anti-inflammatory Effects: Neem ingredients can help reduce gum inflammation, which can be beneficial in managing symptoms of periodontal diseases.