Essential oils were birthed in Ancient Egypt dating back as early as 3000 BC. During the Renaissance period, aromatherapy became more popular and began to be incorporated into health and healing as well as practical uses to replace harmful chemicals at home. Essential oils and aromatherapy have been on the up rise for quite a few years in today’s time. As people become more health conscious they are seeking natural remedies, such as essential oils for things like beauty care, food preparation and preservation, perfumes, stress relievers, energy boosters, digestion, skin conditions and more. But what about essential oils when it comes to oral health?
Despite speculation from the dental industry, essential oils can be beneficial to preventative measures for your overall dental health. While essential oils should by no means be considered a treatment option for existing dental issues, nor an excuse to skip your annual dental exam and cleaning, there are benefits to be explored when pairing their use with regular oral habits such as brushing, flossing and regular dental visits. Below are some common essential oils used for dental health purposes and what they are good for
Peppermint oil extract has wonderful anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that can fight off bacteria and leave your breath smelling fresh. In addition to minty freshness, it is powerful for fighting common bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum disease. You can add to your toothpaste or simply rinse with diluted peppermint oil. Be cautious to use sparingly as peppermint can also remove healthy bacteria.
Rosemary is a natural disinfectant that can help remove bad oral bacteria that leads to cavities, plaque build up, bad breath, and other dental issues.
Clove essential oil has been used for hundreds of years. Clinical studies show that clove oil can help relieve tooth pain as well as reduce gum disease. Clove oil has strong germicidal properties and this oil has been used by dentists to disinfect root canals and relieve pain.
Oregano oil is known for its antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties. This helps reduce bacterial and fungal infections as well as boost the immune system. Be sure to dilute this oil with a carrier oil, particularly when using to reduce swelling within the mouth.
Cinnamon contains one of the best antimicrobial properties that protect against bacteria leading to tooth decay. It is also known to stimulate blood circulation to the gums promoting healthy gums. Other benefits include reducing infection and fighting off bad breath.
As you can see, there are many benefits to adding essential oils to your oral health routine. Always consult your dentist if you are attempting a DIY treatment as improper usage can make things worse. Also, remember to use a high quality essential oil brands and never digest or use in the mouth if the oil is not labeled specifically for oral use. Dental complications can become very serious to your overall health if put off or improperly treated. Overall, essential oils can be safe and effective in preventing issues and in collaboration with other forms of treatment. If you would like more information on essential oils in relation to dental health or even oil pulling, contact Maestri Family Dental today!