Role and common types of herbal medicine used for oral health in the Middle-East


  • Abdulrahman Hussain Khbrani Al-Najamiah Primary Healthcare Centre, Ministry of Health, Jizan, Saudi Arabia
  • Adel Abdulrahman Al-Shahrani Riyadh Specialized Dental Center, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Huda Gurmallah Alzahrani General Dentist, East Riyadh Dental Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Ahmad Daifallah Almalki General Dentist, East Riyadh Dental Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Faizah Faez Alhawsaw General Dentist, East Riyadh Dental Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Waleed Daifallah Almalki Riyadh Specialized Dental Center, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Khalaf Muthyib Almutairi Advanced Education in General Dentistry, North of Riyadh Dental Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Asmaa Gurmallah Al Zahrani General Dentist, East Riyadh Dental Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



Herbal medicine, Middle east, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Oral


Herbal therapies are used worldwide to treat health conditions. In Middle Eastern countries, since ancient generations, herbal medicine has been used for oral health because of cultural and religious norms. Antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral agents, and analgesic derived from plants are of widespread interest in dentistry. The properties of herbal medicine are used to treat toothache, gum inflammation, canker sores, halitosis, gingivitis, and periodontitis, as well as tooth decay. The popular herbs and spices used in treating dental disorders in Middle Eastern countries are cloves, miswak, thyme, green tea, peppermint, rosemary, olive oil, myrrh, anise, sesame, ginger, and garlic. Based on the available evidence from research demonstrating the antibacterial, antimicrobial, analgesic, and antiplaque effects of these herbs used in Middle Eastern countries, they could still be useful as an alternative treatment for gingivitis, periodontal diseases, or antiplaque agents. However, more clinical data is required to ascertain the benefits of herbal medicine for oral tissues and the prevention of oral diseases.



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How to Cite

Khbrani, A. H., Al-Shahrani, A. A., Alzahrani, H. G., Almalki, A. D., Alhawsaw, F. F., Almalki, W. D., Almutairi, K. M., & Zahrani, A. G. A. (2022). Role and common types of herbal medicine used for oral health in the Middle-East. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 10(1), 402–407.



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