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Essential Oils

Essential Oils and Your Dental Health

Are there hidden essential oils in your dental products? Essential oils are actually nothing new in the dental world. In fact, the common household favorite, Listerine has four essential oils for antimicrobial purposes. While Listerine has its following, we here at Indianapolis Dentistry feel that we can take health and prevention of oral and systemic diseases a step further. Ingredients such as alcohol, sodium fluoride, sodium saccharin, benzoic acid, gluten, and dyes can be found in various over the counter and professional dental products. Here at Indianapolis Dentistry we chose to eliminate these and other harmful carcinogens and unnecessary preservatives for the comfort and safety of our patients. Our preference instead, is to use a safe and highly effective alternative line of products made by The Dental Herb Company. These products, including the Under the Gums Irrigant which is used to irrigate the gingival tissues, contain pure essential oils and extracts of organically grown herbs.

For each of our patients here at Indianapolis Dentistry we take a more natural and holistic approach. One of the great services we provided is called Subgingival Irrigation, or irrigation of the gums. This process of irrigating the gingival tissues has broad benefits. Removal of debris, plaque, and harmful bacteria leads to not only a healthier mouth, decrease in bad breath, and less periodontal pocketing, but it can also lead to a healthier body. This is due to the fact that infectious bacteria located in the mouth has been known to travel systemically through the bloodstream and cause infection in other areas of the body. Removal of the infectious debris from the gingival tissues is a simple preventative step that you can take to maintain your dental and overall health.

The process of gum irrigation at our office is performed by our Licensed Dental Hygienist or our Dentist. We use a soft and pliable tip to reach below the gum line with our natural products. We then flush out the debris that is around each tooth and dental implant leaving you feeling fresh and notably healthier. If you would like to have this process preformed preventatively for yourself and your family members, or if you would like to learn if you are a candidate for the Dental Herb Company products that we carry, you are welcome to make an appointment with us by calling (317) 882-0228.

Best Oil Pulling Coconut Oil

One question we often get is: "What's the best oil for oil pulling?" We already know that coconut oil is the best oil for oil pulling because it's the only non-acidic, alkaline oil and that Skinny Coconut Oil is the best brand of coconut oil, but when they combined it with peppermint oil, it makes the best oil pulling coconut oil on the market today. Best Oil Pulling Coconut OilOil Pulling is easy. In the morning, simply place one tablespoon of Skinny and Company Coconut Oil in your mouth. If it's solid, wait for it to melt in your mouth. Once melted, begin to swish the oil around for five to twenty minutes. Move the oil around your mouth, teeth and gums as if it were mouthwash, but don't gargle or swallow it. Once finished, dispose of the oil in the trash (it may clog your pipes). As a final step, rinse out your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as normal. For best results, oil pull once a day.

Why Skinny Coconut Oil?

According to their website, "Skinny Coconut Oil is the only 100% raw, alkaline coconut oil on the market today. On the pH scale, Skinny tests at a 7.3 (alkaline), whereas our competitors are testing at a 3.5 - 5.5 (acidic). Needless to say, acidic oil harms teeth enamel – making it imperative to oil pull exclusively with Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil." As a dentist, this just makes sense to me and that's why I recommend it to my patients. "The alkalinity of a natural, wild coconut is roughly 7.3 - that's how you know you are getting a quality product with Skinny!" It's available to buy in-store or online at Skinny Coconut Oil.

Cinnamon Essential Oil for Oral Health

Today we complete our oral health series on essential oils by reviewing cinnamon essential oil. Yesterday we talked about eucalyptus essential oil and how it can kill cariogenic and periodontopathic bacteria, but today we're discussing cinnamon essential oil. Cinnamon Essential Oils

Traditional Chinese medicine and ancient Egyptians are both known to have used cinnamon essential oils. According to Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, cinnamon contains substances that kill fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms, including those that cause botulism, staph infections and aflatoxin.

Recent research conducted in New Zealand (Filoche SK, Soma K, Sissons CH., 2009) showed that cinnamon essential oil has the greatest antimicrobial potency against streptococcus mutans, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, and lactobacillus plantarum, one of the bacteria responsible in gum disease.

A 2010 clinical trial published in the journal "Food and Chemical Toxicology" by Mehmet Unlu and colleagues from the faculty of medicine at Cumhuriyet University in Sivas, Turkey, demonstrated that cinnamon bark oil effectively destroyed 21 different types of bacteria in the laboratory.

Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou also found cinnamon oils to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species.

How to Use Cinnamon Essential Oil for Oral Health

Rinsing with diluted cinnamon oil after you brush your teeth, or using a toothpaste that includes cinnamon essential oil as an ingredient, might help you kill harmful bacteria and prevent cavities. Another way to use cinnamon essential oils is to make a rinse using coconut oil or after brushing, add a few drops to your toothbrush and gently brush teeth and gums.

Always see your dentist for serious gum disease. Cinnamon essential oil should only be used as a temporary way to treat gum disease. 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.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Oral Health

As we continue our oral health series on essential oils, today we are reviewing eucalyptus essential oil. Yesterday we talked about peppermint essential oil and how it can kill anaerobic bacteria that causes gum disease, but today we’re discussing eucalyptus essential oil. Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Eucalyptus oil is a distilled oil that comes from the dried leaves of eucalyptus – a colorless liquid with a strong woody and sweet smell. There are four types of eucalyptus essential oils: polybractea "Blue Mallee", globulus "Blue Gum", radiata "narrow-leaved peppermint", and citriodora "lemon-scented gum".

Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to its germicidal properties. This is why eucalyptus essential oil is so commonly found as an active ingredient in mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products.

How to Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Oral Health

Eucalyptus oil exhibits antibacterial activity against cariogenic (tooth decay-causing) and periodontopathic bacteria. To use, dilute 1 drop with olive or coconut oil and swish in the mouth or apply 1 drop to your toothpaste before brushing.

Always see your dentist for serious gum disease. Eucalyptus essential oil should only be used as a temporary way to treat dental plaque and gingivitis. 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.

Peppermint Essential Oil for Oral Health

As we continue our oral health series on essential oils, today we are reviewing peppermint essential oil. Yesterday we talked about lemon essential oil and how it can help strengthens gums and help to whiten teeth, but today we're discussing peppermint essential oil. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint has enjoyed a long medicinal history as every culture who has been blessed with peppermint in their borders has used the plant for medicine. In recent science, researchers have found that the essential oil of peppermint is the most effective in killing what are called anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that thrive in a low oxygen environment) such as the bacteria that causes gum disease.

These disease causing bacteria thrive in low oxygen environments such as below the gum line.  One study, titled "The antimicrobial activity of essential oils and essential oil components towards oral bacteria" found that peppermint was among the strongest oils to kill disease causing bacteria. In another study, peppermint was found to have strong activity against certain bacterial strains, particularly mutant and wild strains.

How to Use Peppermint Oil for Oral Health

When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk, but for oral health, either add a drop of peppermint essential oil to your tea or to your toothpaste when brushing. You can also add it to coconut oil when oil pulling. A rinse of peppermint oil diluted in water can be a great way to quickly relieve bad breath or to get rid of bad tastes. This rinse can also be effective in helping to ease minor toothaches.

Always see your dentist for serious gum disease. 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.

Lemon Essential Oil for Oral Health

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. Lemon Essential Oil

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.

Clove Essential Oil for Oral Health

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that the use of complementary and alternative medicine is on the rise in the United States. About 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children are now using some form of complementary and alternative medicine. One form of alternative medicine is the use of essential oils. Clove Oil

One of the oldest essential oils to be used in dentistry is clove oil. Used in dentistry for over a century, clove oil is a very effective antiseptic that is known to help relieve dental pain.

Do you have a toothache? According to the ADA, clove oil may alleviate tooth pain. The New York Times recently reviewed clove oil and found the essential oil has been shown to have analgesic and antibacterial properties—making it a useful tool in treating bacteria-caused toothaches.

It has a strong and sometimes unpleasant taste, and if large quantities are accidentally ingested, it too can have side effects. But it was widely used in dentistry before the advent of more commercial anesthetics, and research shows it works thanks to its active ingredient, eugenol, the same compound responsible for the plant’s aroma,” wrote columnist Anahad O’Connor.

In addition to treating toothaches, clove oil can be used in dentistry to treat pain from a dry socket. Several toothpastes, mouth wash and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important ingredient. Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C. However, extended tooth or gum pain, particularly that which lasts over a long period of time, should be evaluated by a dentist.

Although natural, clove oil is known to be toxic in specific amounts, so people wishing to use the oil for dental pain should be cautious of the amount they are using at a time. People with bleeding disorders should not use clove oil, as it is known to cause increased bleeding. Also, oil of cloves is known to decrease blood glucose levels, so diabetics should use caution when considering the use of clove oil for dental pain.

How to Use Clove Oil for Tooth Pain

Place two to three drops of the oil in a clean, small container. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. This mixture will prevent any soft tissue irritation that is common when using clove oil on its own. Soak a small piece of cotton in the oil mixture until it is saturated. Blot the cotton on a piece of tissue to remove the excess oil before placing the cotton in your mouth. Using a clean pair of tweezers, hold the cotton on the painful area for 10 seconds, making sure you do not swallow any of the oil. Once complete, rinse your mouth with saline solution. This step may be repeated two to three times daily.

Always see your dentist if the pain from a toothache persists. Clove oil should only be used as a temporary way to relieve pain from a toothache. Your best pain remedy is to see your dentist. If you are in the Indianapolis area and you have a toothache or dental pain, consider calling Dr. Reese, a holistic dentist at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dial 317-882-0228 and ask for an initial consultation.