Do Essential Oils Help With Inflamed Gums?

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Periodontal disease or the inflammation of the gums is a condition that affects a large percentage of the population, according to some recent studies.

Gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene and bad habits, such as smoking. It can also be caused by immune system conditions, poor nutrition, and stress.

People are always looking for the next best thing in oral care and natural alternatives are always attractive, so you may be wondering, do essential oils help with inflamed gums?

Oil pulling is an ancient dental care practice that originated in India and is getting more and more popular in the U.S. in recent years. It consists of swishing your mouth with a healthy oil for up to 20-minutes and spitting it out, leaving your mouth feeling refreshed. You need to brush your teeth immediately afterwards and rinse your toothbrush thoroughly.

Essential Oils and Oral Health

An essential oil is extracted from a plant by a process called distillation, by steam or water. Most parts of the plant are used in this process and the result is a highly concentrated oil that will have the properties and fragrance of the plant used.

Essential oils have antibacterial properties and are believed to help in preventing and halting gum disease or periodontal disease, an inflammation of the gums that can result in bone and tooth loss.

Due to the health properties, people have started to use essential oils to rub their inflamed gums. Some claim that using these oils can cure periodontal disease, however, there is no scientific proof that is the case at this time.

What Kinds of Essentials Oils Help Inflamed Gums?

According to proponents of this practice you can rub your gums with tea tree oil, neem oil, peppermint oil, oregano oil, clove oil. Some holistic toothpastes also contain essential oil and healing herbs and it is believed that their regular application can result in the healing of the gums.

It is extremely important to continue your regular oral hygiene habits and visit us twice a year. Please contact us at our South Ogden location: (385) 626-0977 or Kaysville location: (385) 439-0101