The benefits of essential oils are far more than aromatic. Essential oils have incredible therapeutic and healing qualities. Using essential oils for oral care can help keep your teeth fresh, white and clean from bacteria and plaque. Essential oils for oral care can also help combat gum disease and mouth ulcers, some oils can even help ease the agonizing pain from a toothache.
These six essential oils for oral care are fluoride-free with properties like being antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, strengthening and more.
Spearmint and Peppermint essential oils have similar properties and can be used in much the same way to disinfect the mouth. The choice will be up to you as to which taste you prefer. Spearmint can be a little sweeter than peppermint. However, either will make a great mouthwash and you will be doing your teeth and mouth a great service. You can also add 3 drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oils to 1 tablespoon of a regular toothpaste and mix thoroughly before applying to your toothbrush.
Spearmint and peppermint essential oils when used for oral care are antiseptic, eliminate germs, diminish halitosis, and help mouth wounds heal more quickly. The oils are also soothing to irritated and sore gum tissue. A few drops of either oil in a glass of water make an extremely effective mouthwash and helps keep bacteria away.
Here is a mouthwash recipe we like that is easy to make. Keep it in a tightly sealed jar and shake well before each use. You can find other DIY mouthwash recipes here.
Note: Do not use these oils for oral care if you are pregnant or with children. May irritate mucous membranes. Should not be used during pregnancy or if epileptic. Should be kept away from the eyes.
Lemon essential oil is a great choice when choosing to use essential oils for oral care. Lemon is antiseptic, strengthens gums, and whitens teeth. Lemon essential oil properties include being stimulating, calming, anti-infection, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, antifungal, and astringent.
Using lemon essential oil for oral care enhances gum tissue formation. Lemon essential oil can also be used for whitening teeth as it is 78% limonene, which is very effective in removing stains.
Note: Lemon oil is acidic and can weaken the enamel, so it is advised to limit its use on your teeth and avoid if you already have weak enamel.
Clove Bud essential oil is one to keep around for toothaches. This oil helps reduce inflammation, fights germs, numbs pain, and fights bad breath.
To use Clove Bud essential oil to numb the awful pain from a toothache, gum disease, or canker sores, mix 1 drop in 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil and apply to affected tooth and gums. Clove has been used for hundreds of years if not longer to ease the misery of a toothache.
Note: Long-term use of stronger oils, such as clove bud, may pose potential risks in developing sensitivities. You should go for more strength when and where strength is required rather than use clove bud as a daily regimen. Only use in small amounts. Do not use on children.
Cinnamon Bark essential oil is a wonderfully flavored alternative to the menthol based oils and is an equally effective when using essential oils for oral care. This oil is is useful in oral care for pain, it is also antifungal, antibacterial and is effective in fighting bad breath and cleansing the gums. Cinnamon essential oil can prevent gum disease or gingivitis as well as oral thrush. Add add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to a DIY mouthwash or even just a small bottle of water and use it as a mouthwash while you are the on the run.
Note: Cinnamon bark is also a “hot” oil so do not use undiluted. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you are taking diabetes medication or anticoagulant medication, or if you have a peptic ulcer, hemophilia or another bleeding disorder.
In addition to the notes above for each oil always use care when using essential oils for oral care. They should never be swallowed and you should be sure to spit out any toothpastes or mouthwashes in which you have used them as an ingredient. Again these oils are not for internal use so make sure that you so not swallow. We have many carrier oils available for purchase here.
These essential oils make a great addition to oil pulling. Simply add a few drops to your sesame or coconut oil (you will need to melt the coconut oil first if it is solid). You can also add them to any DIY toothpaste, mouthwash, or teeth whitening treatment.
These oils can be purchased individually below or in a specially priced set also available below.
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