Nearly half of adult Americans have gum disease. That’s over 64 million people, in one country! This proves that oral hygiene products readily available and recommended to us are not as effective as claimed to be. Nearly all recommended oral hygiene products also contain a wide array of chemicals which are highly toxic. The answer is found right in nature (like pretty much everything else) and that answer is essential oils.
What are the main properties which make an essential oil ideal for oral hygiene?
- Antibacterial: The basic necessity of oral hygiene is an antibacterial substance as this is why dental care is necessary – to get the bad bacteria out of our mouths. Bacteria in oral hygiene is the basis of what causes gum disease and tooth decay as well as bad breath.
- Antiseptic: When a substance contains antiseptic properties, it helps fight disease-causing microorganisms. In oral hygiene this is immensely important in the fight against gum disease, tooth decay, even ulcers and canker sores. Essential oils which are antiseptic are essentially a natural disinfectant.
- Anti-inflammatory: One of the biggest causes of gum disease is inflamed gums. It’s a vicious cycle of bacteria causing gums to become inflamed, trapping more bacteria, and becoming more inflamed again. This leads to disease and bad breath. Inflamed gums are also painful and unsightly.
- Antifungal: Oral thrush, also called Candidiasis, is a relatively common kind of oral fungal infection which can occur for a number of reasons including poor oral hygiene. The fungus is present in up to 75% of the population, so having an antibacterial essential oil in your cabinet is highly suggested.
- Antimicrobial: When something is antimicrobial it prevents the growth of all microorganisms; it can stop bacteria, fungus, and viruses before they even finish growing as well as kill them after they’ve grown.
Essential oils can be mixed into your own homemade toothpaste or mouthwash or simply dropped onto your toothbrush and applied to the teeth and gums. So, what are some of the best for oral hygiene?
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Eucalyptus, the native Australian plant, is my favorite kind of essential oil. With a unique minty taste, it’s extensively multiuse and has seemingly endless benefits; I use it daily in my oral hygiene routine. Eucalyptus is a staple essential oil as it has exceedingly powerful antibacterial properties as well as potent antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is also anti-inflammatory. Eucalyptus oil is suitable for daily use and gentle treatment of gum and tooth disease.
Tea tree oil is one of the most effective essential oils for antimicrobial properties. It takes care of all forms of bacteria, fungus, and viruses. It is also numbing and anti-inflammatory so it is perfect for gently treating gum disease.
One of the most well-known uses for Clove oil in oral hygiene is for treating toothaches. Clove oil contains eugenol, a natural anesthetic, which is why it works excellently to treat tooth pain, sore gums, and any sort of oral injury such as ulcers. Clove oil is also antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial. Clove oil is definitely something which should be kept in the cabinet all of the time, especially in case of emergency oral pain, but it is best used in isolated cases rather than daily.
There’s more reason than just flavor that peppermint is a widely used essential oil in oral hygiene products! It’s well-known that peppermint aids bad breath, but lesser known that it’s highly effective in the treatment of cavities.
Cinnamon essential oil is something many people haven’t heard of, but it’s a substance that’s actually really effective in oral hygiene rather than just tasting nice. Cinnamon is antimicrobial, antiseptic, and contains the same natural anesthetic property as Clove oil (eugenol). It’s effective in the treatment of sore teeth, cavities and ulcers.
Switching to natural oral hygiene has been one of the most beneficial things I’ve done to improve my health. When I developed gum disease and cavities while brushing and flossing 2 or more times daily and checkups twice a year with the usage of “normal” chemical filled products, at a young age, I knew something was wrong. The answer was simply coconut oil toothpaste and essential oils. Try these oils out to see what works for you.
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