As we continue our oral health series on essential oils, today we are reviewing lemon essential oil. Yesterday we talked about clove essential oil and how it can help with toothaches, but lemon oil is antiseptic, strengthens gums and helps to whiten teeth.
We've talked before about the health benefits of lemon water, but did you know that lemon oil has mild antiseptic qualities and is also an excellent antibacterial agent?
Lemon oil helps in killing all the bacteria and prevents gum recession and tooth decay as well. Lemon also stimulates tissue formation and can encourage new tissues to grow in the place of damaged ones.
How to Use Lemon Oil for Oral Health
Place a drop onto bleeding gum’s caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction to help with healing and disinfecting. May aid in healing of mouth ulcers and help diminish pain. Lemon oil can also be added to coconut oil when oil pulling. However, direct application of lemon every day is not recommended as it can corrode the enamel. Lemon oil can be acquired or prepared at home by infusing olive oil with lemon for a few weeks.
Always see your dentist if gum pain or receding gums persists. Lemon oil should only be used as a temporary way to treat bleeding gums and pain. Your best remedy is to see your dentist. If you are in the Indianapolis area and you have gum or dental pain, consider calling Dr. Reese, a holistic dentist at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dial 317-882-0228 and ask for an initial consultation.