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The Magic Of Menthol: Uses of Menthol, Benefits of Menthol in Oral Care

04 March 2015, Dabur Dental Team

Typically derived from the h​erbs - peppermint, eucalyptus and pennyroyal, menthol has been put to many unique uses since centuries. Often found in mouthwashes, toothpaste, balms, and a host of other products, menthol provides the familiar cooling sensation and minty odour and taste. Menthol is also very beneficial if added to a tooth cleansing formula, in small amounts. It is due to its ability to keep dental problems at bay that menthol is highly recommended by India’s best toothpaste - Dabur Red Toothpaste. Besides solving dental problems, menthol is also used to cure many other ailments:
  • Menthol treats irritable bowel syndrome. Due to its ability to prevent or treat gas and bloating, it is very popularly used.
  • Menthol also relaxes the intestinal muscles and prevents spasms.
  • Additionally, menthol has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The refreshing fragrance of menthol can alleviate the symptoms of nausea. Its helps fight nausea, heartburn, and stomach cramps.
  • Menthol is used in treating colds, flu and bronchitis. Its expectorant actions, which involves thinning and loosening mucous congestion. People take menthol orally to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu and other respiratory ailments.
  • Menthol can also be applied topically to help to relieve itching and inflammation due to contact dermatitis and hives.
  • In certain medications used to treat sunburns, as it provides a cooling sensation.
  • It is also used by men to relieve razor burns.
  • Menthol has local anaesthetic properties and can be used to numb pain.
  • Inhaling steam from a hot bowl of water, in which menthol has been added, can refresh the mind and ease mental fatigue.
  • The calming, cooling effect of menthol is a boon for those who suffer from migraines.
Menthol is not only in oral care products; they are also used in soaps, shampoos and in oils for massage and aromatherapy. Maintain proper oral hygiene and choose the right toothpaste to keep all dental problems away & ensure proper dental care.

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