Fennel, scientifically known as foeniculum vulgare is used in oral health from ancient times in different cultures. Traditionally fennel is used as anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and as an analgesic. Fennel oil is extracted from the fennel seeds by the steam distillation process. The oil is a rich source of vitamin C, Vitamin B, riboflavin, niacin, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, sodium, potassium. Fennel contains 4–6% of essential oils, of which the principal constituents are anethole (50–60%) and fenchone (19–22%). Fennel oil not only helps to promote salivation but also reduce the bad breath of the oral cavity. Its antibacterial properties help to inhibit the buildup of dental plaque and gum diseases. Its oil is also used in toothpaste and mouthwashes. Studies found that fennel oil to be similar properties as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) mefenamic acid. Anethole is the fennel oil act as antispasmodic agents that may help in pain management.
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