Posted on 4/20/2019 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|The use of essential oils can be traced back to 3000 BC, and within recent years, they have regained popularity. Essential oils are natural oils that contain volatile aroma compounds from certain plants. Some researchers now believe that essential oils may offer oral health benefits, including improving oral pain.
There is a reason that mint is used as a flavor in so many toothpaste brands – it makes your mouth feel fresh. However, peppermint essential oil goes an extra step to protect your mouth. Research has found that use of peppermint essential oil can actually help to kill oral bacteria. Left unchecked, these bacteria can cause gum disease and other oral health problems.
Similar to the properties of peppermint, spearmint offers a milder flavor while offering oral health benefits. It acts as a strong antiseptic and can soothe gum tissue that has been affected by periodontal disease.
Cinnamon has been used for medicinal properties for decades, especially because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Research from New Zealand has found that cinnamon essential has significant antimicrobial potency against the oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay.
Lavender essential oil has been shown to help dental patients who suffer from fear of the dentist. Lavender can reduce mild anxiety and may help to calm people in heightened emotional states. This essential oil can be useful in dental waiting rooms in order to relax both adult and pediatric patients before their procedures.
Clove oil has long been used in Chinese medicine as a way to treat tooth pain. Clinical research suggests it works by inhibiting pathogenic bacteria.
Remember that essential oils should never serve as a replacement for good oral hygiene like flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups. However, they can be an effective addition to your oral care routine. Call our office today to set up your next appointment, and let us evaluate the health of your mouth.
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