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26

Essential Oils and Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

Essential oil use isn’t a new fad. In fact, essential oils have been used in oral care products for years. Some very common over the counter mouthwashes include oils as part of their key active ingredients.

Some dental patients find that using a drop or two of essential oil on their toothbrush, or rinsing with a few drops in a cup of water can greatly affect their oral health as well as give them fresher breath. The effects of the natural oils help kill odor causing bacteria, as well as harmful plaque that leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease). Using concentrated essential oils as directed can help you have fresher breath for as long as 2 or 3 hours after using them. Rather than covering up bacteria that causes odors, essential oils help eliminate the bacteria altogether.

Patients that suffer from gingivitis or gum inflammation may find that using essential oils along with a modified brushing technique can reverse the inflammatory process. Patients with orthodontics who experience gingivitis and bleeding and then rinse with an essential oil mouthwash find that areas of bleeding are improved.  Other dental patients can benefit as well, and essential oils can be a part of your comprehensive home oral care plan. Simply adding this ingredient to your toothbrush in the morning can aid in faster gum healing, healthier oral tissues, and fresher breath.

There are products available through retailers, which formulate specific blends of essential oils for home oral hygiene. Some of the common oils that are used depending on specific needs include tea tree, rosemary, lemon, cypress, eucalyptus, mint and lavender. Too much oil could cause irritation or an unpleasant taste, so always use the product as directed.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center

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