The use of essential oils in treating periodontal disease is popular in alternative medicine circles and some commercial toothpastes now include them. There is evidence that they may have a positive effect. If you're looking for a natural option to treat your gum disease, essential oils might be just the ticket. Read on to learn how to treat gum disease with essential oils.
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Purchase a commercial toothpaste that contains essential oils. Thieves Dentarome Toothpaste lists wintergreen and peppermint essential oils among their ingredients. They also manufacture stronger versions that include thymol essential oil.
Make your own baking soda toothpaste and add a couple drops of tea tree essential oil.
Experience the beneficial effects on Periodontopathic bacteria when it is exposed to manuka oil, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil. Tea tree oil shows some promise in tests on plaque and gingivitis when applied in a diluted gel form. Essential oils should never be applied full strength directly to gum tissue.
Treat your dental floss with drop of tea tree oil diluted in a tsp. of aloe vera, coating several long lengths of floss and drying before using. Oil of oregano is another good choice.
Ask your dentist about trying gum disease products that contain essential oils. In recent years, more dentists are suggesting alternative treatments to their patients who have gum disease.
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