8 Best Essential Oils for Healthy Teeth & Gums
by Mika Botkin
The plethora of toxins in drugstore toothpaste and mouthwash is frightening and it’s very hard to find a toothpaste that works well and is truly natural. Luckily for you, Nature’s simplest ingredients can come to save the day–essential oils! They are powerful allies in our fight for healthy, beautiful teeth and are 100% natural and toxin free.
Not only does it have a refreshing taste it also does incredible things for you teeth, gums and all around oral health! For example, it’s more effective than conventional mouthwash, it prevents the development of the biofilm (a thin, slimy film of bacteria that adheres to the tooth) which contributes to cavities and of course, it handles and prevents bad breath!
Other benefits: Relieves stress and nervous system issues.
Thyme as an herb is great in the kitchen but in the form of an essential oil, it’s a fantastic antiseptic with antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It also prevents and eliminates bad breath.
Other benefits: Anti-carcinogenic, acts as a memory booster and an antidepressant, helps to increase concentration and fights sinusitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis and other infections.
This is one herb that really is as good as it smells! In its essential oil form, it’s disinfectant and helps remove bad breath and oral bacteria, thereby preventing cavities, plaque buildup, and other dental issues.
Other benefits: A relaxing and revitalizing oil that has the ability to heal wounds and regenerate the skin. Decreases cortisol and reduces the body’s response to stress. Regular use and inhalation boosts immunity and aids in detoxifying the liver.
Oregano is a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-microbial essential oil. It has anti-inflammatory action, destroys plaque-causing bacteria and reduces the risk of gum disease!
Other benefits: Acts as an expectorant for respiratory conditions.
Tea Tree Oil
This is one of the top essential oils for multiple uses. It has antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. It’s helpful for chronic gingivitis and periodontitis, is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps reduce plaque and stops bacteria with its astringent properties. Tea Tree is a great antiseptic and best of all it absorbs readily into gum tissue ensuring healthy gums and teeth.
Other benefits: Can clear up a sore throat.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is known to soothe sore throats and inflammation of the gums, relieve symptoms of tonsillitis and kill gingivitis-causing bacteria.
Other benefits: Helps with indigestion, acidity, upset stomach, and cramps. Good for cleansing the liver and sanitizing wounds.
Interesting enough, clove is actually an approved dental anesthetic as it numbs the area to which it is applied! It relieves toothaches, fights cavities and clears mouth and throat infections. It’s also effective on mouth ulcers and soothes sore gums.
Other benefits: Relieves stress & mental exhaustion, kills parasites, mold & fungus and improves blood circulation.
Not only does it smell and taste great, it’s also great for you! Cinnamon, in its essential oil form, it acts as an antiseptic and antibiotic, stimulates blood circulation to the gums and promotes gum health and regeneration.
Other benefits: Effective against 98% of all pathogenic bacteria. Helps remove blood impurities, boost brain function, stop excess bleeding and aid digestion.
It’s probably NOT a coincidence that these 8 essential oils are the exact ones we used to create a line of natural oral health care products with naturally whitening toothpaste and two organic botanical serums that bust plaque and boost oral health big time!