When we think essential oils, we usually think of them being used in our bodies, like in body massages at the health spas.
Lately the uses of essential oils have expanded to many areas of our lives, and one of them is in oral care.
So today I want to address “Can I Use Essential Oils On My Teeth?”
What types of essential oils are suitable, and how to use essential oils safely. I also include ideas on how you can do homemade essential oils yourself or if you prefer ready made oils, where to buy a good essential oil for your teeth.
What Is Essential Oils?
Essential Oils refer to the crucial elements that are extracted from plants, almost like the DNA, as this is where you get the flavour and scents from.
In ancient times, essential oils were used in aromatherapy where during body massages, they enter the bodies through the skin. Also, by inhaling, users gain the benefits
Why Use Essential Oils In Your Oral Care?
1. Treat Receding Gums.
Many of us may not be aware of receding gums until it is too late. You may notice your teeth appear longer. Why? Because when bacteria sets in, your gum tissues will begin to pull back, exposing most of your teeth and the roots.
This allows opportunities for bacteria to grow and cause damage. If the roots are no longer able to hold the teeth, that will lead to extraction or loose tooth.
2. Combat Bad Breath.
We all know the bad breath is caused by the plaque that grows on the surface of our teeth surfaces when we do not brush properly. Our saliva mix with the food we eat, and the chemical reactions give off a bad smell. Bad breath is a sign of poor dental hygiene and actually essential oils can help you to overcome it.
Essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree oil and eucalyptus can help fend off bacteria that causes bad breath. They have anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties that keep your breath smelling fresh all day!
3. Treats Gingivitis.
If you have Gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, you can turn to essential oil to possibly reverse the chance of it becoming a periodontal disease, a more serious form of gum disease. The antibacterial properties found in essential oils such as clove and tea tree oil can treat gingivitis and other gum issues. Another good oil is cinnamon. Not only does it have antimicrobial potency, it can increase blood circulation to the gums and restore gums.
4. Relieves Toothache.
In dentist offices, some of the dentists are known to use clove to disinfect root canals and relieve pain.
5. Fight Cavities.
Besides rescuing receding gums and reducing toothaches, essential oils like rosemary which is a natural disinfectant, is also known to fight cavities.
How to Use Essential Oils?
1. As a Mouthwash
The most easiest way to use essential oils is use it as a a mouth wash. Once you identify an oil that can be effective, you simply put a few drops into a cup of water and gargle the mixture after you brush your teeth. The essential oils will work wonders in your mouth by removing the bacteria in between the teeth surfaces.
2. In Your Toothpaste
Another way is to put one drop of your favourite oil on top of your toothbrush with or without toothpaste. Together with the tooth brushing action, it get rids of the plaque on the teeth.
Which Essential Oils Work For Your Teeth
Many essential oils have healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties, which makes them effective at treating gum recession and other oral health problems. There is a wide range of recommended essential oils that work, but I will just list 3 essential oils that are suitable for your teeth.
1. Peppermint Oil – It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and gives you fresh breath.
2. Orange Oil – Orange oil has antifungal properties and promotes gum health, it even has whitening effects!
3. Clove – Clove oil is known as a disinfectant oil, and has long been used to treat many oral diseases. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in clove oil can help fight infections from periodontal disease.
Is Essential Oils Harmful?
While Essential Oils have been efficient as a natural alternative, you need to be mindful, especially if you have a bottle of pure essential oil. The key is to follow the rules of dilution. Not dilute enough, and you may ingest more than the advised portion. Inappropriate dilution can make it turn poisonous.
Another way to use essential oil is to do Oil Pulling using coconut oil, which has been known to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. You can read my article over here.
Making Your Own Essential Oil Blend
So if you are keen to try making your very own essential oil blend, here is a simple recipe you can try.
You will need
- 1-ounce sweet almond oil (Carrier Oil) ( Essential Oils are so concentrated that you need to have a carrier oil that can dilute it and yet not interfere with the fragrance)
- 18 drops of an anti-microbial essential oil blend (2% dilution) – your choice of any of the above oils
Directions for a 2% dilution:
- Combine carrier and essential oils in a 30 ml dark glass bottle.
- Roll between palms for 2 minutes to mix well.
- Label and store next to toothbrush.
There you have it. It is that simple!
If you like a store-made version, why not try my favourite OraWellness HealThy Mouth Blend. It is 100% organic, made up of the most effective choice of essential oils.
It is my Number 1’s choice of oral product that proudly sits on my basin. My children love it too!
Essential Oils when used wisely, can greatly benefit our oral health. Get started on one today and let me know how that works for you.
If you are already an avid user of essential oils, what essential oils are you using in your oral routine?
Let me know in the comments below, and I love to hear from you!
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