Essential Oils For Optimal Teeth & Gum Care
You know that a beaming, white smile not only helps you feel more confident but also makes people happier and become closer to you.
And, of course, your teeth are the most important part of this. As well as the way you brush your teeth, the way you eat or using certain mouthwashes, essential oil can help too.
The following type of oils can be used to make your teeth and gums healthier and stronger:
Peppermint and Spearmint: The way peppermint can help you deal with your issue is that it is tremendously effective at wiping out anaerobic bacteria – a type of bacteria grown in a low oxygen environment like the mouth – which is the root of gum disease. Similar to peppermint, spearmint is extracted by steam-distilling flowering tops from the spearmint plant. Although spearmint is not as strong as peppermint, it is still a strong antiseptic and helps to eliminate germs and heal wounds more quickly (even soft tissues like gums).
Clove oil: the values and benefits of clove to relieve tooth pain have been proven for many years in traditional medicine. Clove oil can prevent pathogenic bacteria. With considerably strong germicidal properties, it is used to disinfect disturbed root canals.
Myrrh essential oil: The essential oil of myrrh is taken out from the resin. Myrrh is named after Commiphora Myrrha and is innate to Egypt. Myrrh oil has long been used to reinforce gum health and to make mouth ulcers better. Myrrh essential oil helps to support the movement of blood to the tissue and may help gum tissue health. In general, myrrh oil is a wonderful type of essential oil for oral hygiene in that it reinforces gums and has antimicrobial as well as antibacterial properties.
Cinnamon essential oil: the benefits of cinnamon can be found in many scientist documents. It has long been used for antifungal and antibacterial purposes. It has the highest antimicrobial power against streptococcus mutants – the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and lactobacillus plant arum (a bacteria responsible for gum disease). For cavities,cinnamon leaf oil is preferable to cinnamon bark oil.
Lemon essential oil: Lemon is a type of fruit with antiseptic properties. However, lemon oil is not the fruit; it is actually cold-pressed from the aromatic rinds of lemons. It has a neutral pH as it does not contain citric acid and thus it is safe for the enamel of your teeth. That’s also the reason why lemon essential oil can help to strengthen gums and whiten your teeth.
How can you use the above essential oils?
If you have gum pain and discomfort, clove oil is the best choice. You can apply 1-2 drops of clove oil to the painful area of your gum or tooth. Its numbing effect will bring a relaxed, analgesic feeling.
When your gums suffer inflammation, this recipe should be applied: blend 1 to 4 drops of myrrh in 1 tablespoon of water or a carrier oil. Then you should swish the mixture in your mouth over the teeth for about 5-10 minutes 2-3 times every day. After swishing, put a drop of peppermint on your toothpaste and brush your teeth. Swallowing is not wise. You may improve the taste by adding lemon or peppermint to the mixture.
If you want to kill harmful bacterial and prevent cavities, you can rinse with diluted cinnamon oil after brushing your teeth or simply use toothpaste that includes cinnamon essential oil as an ingredient.
For other cases including abrasions, simple mouth sores or even halitosis (bad breath), some essential oils can be used. In particular, lavender or tea tree are great choices for abrasions, lavender or peppermint for mouth sores (which can be applied topically). Also, peppermint is antibacterial so it can prevent bad breath in addition to traditional clove oil. And if you use clove oil for preventing halitosis, it is necessary to dilute it well before using since it so powerful.
Last Updated: 07/2016