What Is Fennel Toothpaste and What Are Its Benefits?

By Ashley Ess in Healthy Feeling

You may be familiar with fennel as an aromatic spice often used in Mediterranean cuisine. But did you know that fennel also has a place in the world of dental hygiene? Fennel toothpaste is not only a favorable alternative to standard mint flavors, but it also has distinct oral care benefits.

What Is Fennel and How Is It Used?

Native to the Mediterranean region, fennel is a perennial plant and part of the carrot family, alongside caraway, anise, dill, and cumin. According to the Herb Society of America, it is now cultivated across the globe. In the ancient world, fennel was used for ceremonies, food, and medicinal purposes in places such as China, Egypt, and Greece. It is still used medicinally in many cultures today. The National Institutes of Health explains that fennel is used as a mouth freshener and digestive aid, and that it effectively controls various bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.

While all parts of the plant are used in flavoring, fennel's seeds and fronds are often used in culinary dishes. For oral health purposes, oil is extracted from fennel seeds and added to product formulas, creating a refreshing, palatable substitute for ordinary toothpaste. So, what does fennel toothpaste taste like? The taste of fennel is similar to anise or licorice, with a sweet, herbal flavor.

But fennel adds more than just a unique flavor to your oral health routine. For those looking for fluoride-free formulas, Tom's of Maine Propolis and Myrrh toothpaste with fennel is a great option to help reduce plaque buildup using the power of nature.

Fennel seeds spilling out of a glass jar.

What Are the Benefits of Fennel Toothpaste?

Fennel is used in oral care products for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic properties, which may help to soothe mouth ailments such as ulcers and sore gums. According to the Indian Journal of Dental Research, fennel seeds may also play a role in cavity prevention due to their ability to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria by raising the pH of saliva.

Since fennel works to fight bacteria in the mouth, it can help to control bad breath as well. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal to freshen breath is a common practice in some cultures.

Fennel toothpaste can be a perfect alternative for those who are allergic or sensitive to mint or who are avoiding strong mint flavor during a homeopathic treatment. If you're simply trying to switch up your routine, you may try fennel toothpaste for its powerful, refreshing taste and added oral care benefits.

Want to learn more about how to best support your dental health? Explore these tips for healthy teeth and gums.

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Why It's Good

Fennel toothpaste is a great choice for those looking for an alternative to mint and has unique anticavity and breath-freshening properties to boot.