While Zinc is present in the human body in cells, bones, eyes etc., it is also naturally present in mouth in the saliva and the enamel of teeth. Zinc is formulated into oral health products to control plaque, reduce malodour, prevent growth of bacteria and inhibit calculus deposits that form on the teeth. Zinc helps prevent diseases that originate from the mouth like: oral ulceration, stomatitis, white tongue coating, mouth sores and burning mouth syndrome.
Zinc is also used when teeth are affected by cavities, in the form of fillings to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. Using a mixture of Zinc and other elements, this filling lasts for more than 10 years, is less expensive and can withstand forces.
In the 1890s, a remedy was introduced which is still undertaken by many people all over the world to provide temporary treatment for decaying teeth. By combining Zinc Oxide powder with Clove Oil, Zinc Oxide Eugenol is created which is used as cement material in dentistry. This well-known combination offers an instant relief for decaying teeth and is used as a temporary filling having anaesthetic and anti-bacterial properties.