However, the researchers found that the aloe vera used in tooth gels are different, and should be investigated by consumers before being bought and used.
Dr. George, co-author of the study, explains that aloe "... must not be treated with excessive heat or filtered during the manufacturing process, as this destroys or reduces the effects of certain essential compounds, such as enzymes and polysaccharides."
He adds that the International Aloe Science Council (IASC), and other such related non-profit organizations, should be consulted to see which aloe vera tooth gels are the best to use.
The IASC gives aloe vera tooth gels the “seal of quality” if they are properly manufactured to be most effective in fighting germs and cavities.
The AGD article concludes by saying, “Although there are more than 300 species of the plant, only a few have been used for medicinal purposes. ‘Thankfully, consumers with sensitive teeth or gums have a number of choices when it comes to their oral health, and aloe vera is one of them,’ says AGD spokesperson Eric Shapria, MS, DDS, MAGD, MA. ‘If they are interested in a more alternative approach to oral hygiene, they should speak with their dentist to ensure that it meets the standards of organized dentistry, too.’”