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Essential Oils for Healthy Teeth and Gums

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a fresh, clean mouth! We work hard to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Good oral hygiene is also very important for overall health. According to the Mayo Clinic, your oral health may be connected to cardiovascular disease and other heart problems. And, if you are diabetic or suffer from osteoporosis, these conditions may be linked to worsening oral health. (Visit https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475 for more information!)

Make sure you work with a dentist or dental hygienist for professional oral health care. But, you can also add essential oils to your oral health care and improve the health of your teeth and gums naturally! Here are some ideas:

Peppermint and spearmint essential oils are both antiseptic and help to treat pain. This is why you see them as flavors in so many oral hygiene products. They will also help combat bad breath.

Rosemary essential oil is a good disinfectant and helps with mouth odor.

Tea tree essential oil is great to help fight germs, heal cold sores, and combat bad breath.

Myrrh oil is very good for oral hygiene. It can strengthen gums and has both antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Eucalyptus essential oil is a germicide that may fight plaque build-up, gingivitis, and perhaps also prevent cavities.

Lemon essential oil is antiseptic, strengthens gums and helps to whiten your teeth.

Cinnamon essential oil is great for bad breath and helps with oral pain.

Many people add a drop or two of one of these essential oils to their toothbrush (either beneath or on top of toothpaste) and brush as they regularly do.

You can also make your own mouth rinse! Mix and match from the above essential oils, and blend 5-10 drops of each together. Add 8 ounces of purified or filtered water. Shake well, rinse and spit, and avoid swallowing. Adjust the strength to your taste.

For more information and ideas, visit https://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-35/issue-10/features/incorporating-essential-oils-into-clinical-dentistry.html (retrieved June 10, 2018.) Our blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or cure any disease or condition, and the information is provided for educational purposes only.