Essential oils have grown substantially in popularity in recent years as a complementary therapy for a variety of different purposes. Many people use essential oils in their dental care routine to help support healthy teeth and gums. At the Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic, we encourage patients to pursue any holistic treatment that helps them better care for their oral health.
While essential oils should not be seen as a substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth, nor for visiting your Edmonton dentist, they can give an added boost to your oral care routine.
Commonly Used Essential Oils for Oral Health
There are many different essential oils that you can use in your oral care routine. To help get you started, here are the four of the most common ones.
Peppermint and Spearmint Essential Oils
Peppermint and spearmint oils are commonly used in oral hygiene products for their ability to combat bad breath. Both oils are very effective against anaerobic bacteria as well, and they can also help ease mouth pain and soothe inflamed gums.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove oil has very strong antibacterial properties and a long history of use in dentistry as a disinfectant and in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a pain reliever. Clove oil inhibits the action of pathogenic bacteria.
Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh oil is often used to help heal canker sores due to its soothing properties. It is also antibacterial and known for encouraging healthy blood flow to the gums.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon oil has strong antimicrobial properties, particularly against certain strains of bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Like most other essential oils, it can also be used to fight bad breath and sooth pain.
Methods of Using Essential Oils
Essential oils aren't typically applied directly to the teeth and gums, as they should be diluted first. Here are the two most common methods of using essential oils for oral care.
Oil pulling involves swishing one to two teaspoons of oil around in the mouth for about 10 to 20 minutes, and it is usually done with coconut oil. Coconut oil is not an essential oil, but it can be used as a base to dilute a few drops of any essential oil or combination of essential oils that you would like to use as well.
Essential Oils Mouthwash
You can make yourself an essential oils mouthwash by combining about 10 drops of any essential oil or combination of oils with one cup of water. Swish with your essentials oils mouthwash after you brush your teeth.
Find Out More at Your Edmonton Dental Clinic
If you're curious about incorporating essential oils into your oral care routine, then we recommend that you speak to an Edmonton dentist at Azarko Dental Group. Your dentist can perform a thorough examination and let you know if there are any areas that you should be paying special attention to, helping you decide which essential oils to use.
To schedule an appointment at our Edmonton dental clinic, just contact us at our location below.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
Disclaimer: Although the above methods are suggestions, there is no scientific evidence that essential oils improve oral health. Please speak with a professional prior to any essential oil use.