The best essential oils for the dental care
The best essential oils recommended by science for the health of the oral cavity and to prevent bad breath, yeast infections, plaque and caries.
For a deep dental care we often use very strong products that have, however, side effects such as stomach and gut problems, spots on teeth and dental sensitivity. Sometimes it is necessary to use these products, for example after a surgery, but other times we tend to abuse of these products. There are essential oils that can be a valid aid for dental care. In general, you can add 2-3 drops of essential oil to half a water glass, rinse the mouth and then spit. But not exceed with these remedies, they are natural remedies but the essential oils are really powerful and have inside the power of the plant from which they are extracted. In case of pregnancy ask your doctor for advice. Let’s see in detail these essential oils.
Clove essential oil
This essential oil has an antifungal action, it is able to counteract yeast infections in the mouth, it is antiseptic and antibacterial according to scientific studies (Dagli et al, J Int Prev Community Dent, 2015). Moreover, this essential oil has an anti-inflammatory and anesthetic action, useful in case of toothache (Chaieb et al, Phytother res, 2007).
Cinnamon essential oil
Cinnamon essential oil counteracts oral yeast infections and, on the basis of a scientific study published in 2011 on the journal Acta biomedica (Gupta et al), it results more efficient than clove essential oil in inhibiting the bacteria of dental caries.
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil is used in several products dedicated to oral care and is well appreciated thanks to its refreshing, antifungal and antibacterial action (Dagli et al, J Int Prev Community Dent, 2015), able to fight bad breath, plaque and tartar.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil, in addition to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory power, has been demonstrated to be able to inhibit oral bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, one of the most active cariogenic bacteria (Johnston et al, The Journal of the American Dental Association, 1936). This microorganism eats indeed glucose contained in the ingested food and produces lactic acid that weakens the tooth enamel. For this reason eucalyptus essential oil can be used as an anticariogenic agent (Dagli et al, J Int Prev Community Dent, 2015) .