Taking Care of Teeth and Gums with Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Essential Oils are fantastic for helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. I’m using Dreaming Earth’s Germ Buster blend for my oral hygiene routine because it contains so many healing essential oils for healthy teeth and gums, all in one go. I am almost three weeks into my natural dental health “experiment” (see previous post). I can report that my mouth continues to feel much cleaner. My teeth and gums feel stronger. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but my skin feels softer, too. These are hardly scientific findings, but they are enough for me to want to continue on. I’ll keep you posted on my experience with oil pulling and natural toothpaste in future posts. If you are interested in making your own toothpaste or mouthwash, here are some ideas.

Which Essential Oils are best for Healthy Teeth and Gums?

Peppermint and Spearmint Essential Oils are both antiseptic oils which help to treat pain. They are great in a mouthwash or toothpaste, which is why they are such prevalent flavors in oral hygiene products.  Peppermint and spearmint oils are also very effective in combating bad breath.

Clove Oil is one of my favorite essential oils for healthy teeth and gums. It helps fight germs and, like peppermint, numbs pain and fights bad breath. Because clove is so intense, make sure to dilute it well before using.

Rosemary Essential Oil is a good disinfectant and takes care of mouth odor. Plus, it tastes good!

When it comes to a great all-purpose oral health oil, reach for  Manuka or Tea Tree Essential Oil. For oral hygiene, these are both invaluable–helping to fight germs, heal cold sores and kill bad breath.

Myrrh Oil is very good for oral hygiene in that it strengthens gums, and has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a germicide that has been reported to fight plaque build-up, gingivitis and prevent cavities!

Lemon

Lemon Essential Oil is antiseptic, strengthens gums and helps to whiten teeth.

Cinnamon Essential Oil is good for bad breath and has pain-killing properties.

How to use these?  The nice thing is you can mix and match with what you have on hand, experimenting until you get a flavor you like.  I like the following Healthy Mouth Blend:

10 ml peppermint, 5 ml spearmint, 5 ml cinnamon, 5 ml clove, 5 ml tea tree or manuka, 5 ml lemon essential oils.  Blend these together, and add to either 8oz of a carrier oil or water (you’ll need to shake a water blend well each time before using!).  After brushing, add a few drops to your toothbrush and gently brush teeth and gums. Rinse and spit–do NOT swallow!  Or, use as a mouth rinse after brushing.  You can adjust the strength to your taste by making the essential oil concentration stronger or more diluted.  Also, see our last blog posting on natural homemade oral hygiene products for some simple recipes.

Lastly, if you want to keep it simple, try our Germ Buster blend–it already combines many of these essential oils to great effect. It tastes good and leaves my mouth feeling super-clean all day long. Here’s to a fresh, clean, healthy mouth!

Comments

  • Claudia says:

    Thanks for all these great ideas! I’ve been using a drop or two of tea tree oil on my toothbrush after my regular brushing and I really feel like it’s made a difference in the health of my gums. I like the idea of adding some other oils that might make it taste better though!

  • Tereza says:

    I would like to try using essential oils for my teeth and gums. What should I look for when purchasing essential oils to make sure they are a of a high quality and okay to use in my mouth?

    • Hello Tereza,
      Be sure you’re using 100% pure essential oils–not “fragrance” oils or “scented” oils but pure essential oils. If you’re just starting out you might want to try peppermint essential oil or tea tree–these are both readily available, inexpensive and wonderful for your teeth and gums. And remember not to swallow the essential oils when using–always rinse and spit.

      Let us know how they work for you!

  • Tereza says:

    Okay, thanks. One other question, would organic jojoba oil be okay to use as the carrier oil? I have seen almond oil used elsewhere but I haven’t got any at the moment. What would you recommend?

  • susie q. says:

    I would like to start using these oils for my teeth and gums, but i was wondering if any of them would inert act with the MEDs that i take?

  • Elka says:

    Hi!

    I couldn’t help but notice that that’s a lot of essential oils per 1oz. So you never experienced any discomfort from such concentrations? I also read that clove oil is very concentrated and a little goes a long way.

    Much thanks!
    Elina

    • Hi Elka,
      It’s about a 15% blend which is high compared to blends for the skin, but they’re being used as a rinse and quickly washed out unlike massage blends which stay on and do become absorbed more fully. I personally tend to use these blends by adding a drop of two to my (wet) toothbrush after brushing. I brush one more time gently with the blend and then rinse. I’ve had no trouble at all but one could certainly halve the amounts of eo or double the carrier.
      Thank you for your question!

  • I am curious to know if these oils put any negative effects on teeths or are they 100% secure to use. Let me know please.

    • Hello Andrew,
      Anything can have a harmful effect if used in too high of quantity or too often. We always recommend moderation and safe dilution ratios. If you have health issues of any kind, we always recommend checking with your health care provider first. Hope that helps. :)

  • susie q. says:

    This does not have anything to do with the teeth but i was wondering if you could tell me witch oil is good for bee stings. Thank you

    • Hi Susie,
      Use a cold compress or a bag of ice covered in a towel to help with the pain and swelling. You can apply lavender, chamomile or helichrysum oil to the area a few times a day. Lavender is our favorite–most people have it on hand and it really minimizes the pain.

  • susie q. says:

    Thanks for the Infor. i did use lavender for the bee stings and it help me with the pain alot…….SUSIE q

  • Steve Fisk says:

    Is it important to use food grade essential oils if you put them in m your mouth. MMS (Utah) has a lot of essential oils but they are not labeled as food grade.

  • Tallulah says:

    Hello, found your site when searching for herbal alternatives to the chlorhexadrine mouthwash given to me today by my dentist. Apparently I have mild gingivitis and this new dentist did a cleaning and then handed me products I know are tested on animals. So I am looking for alternatives. Any suggestions for essential oils, and when you say to use a carrier oil, can I use almond oil? And am I to understand that even with the carrier oil one should not swallow the concoction? Thanks very much.

    • Hello Tallulah,
      Sure, any of the essential oils listed in this blog post (there’s a recipe as well) or our Germ Buster blend would be great choices for you. Sweet Almond oil is a fine choice for a carrier and you are right–please don’t swallow even with the oil base.

      Thank you!

  • Tina Metoyer says:

    Where do I buy these essential oils because I want to start using them for my teeth and gums..

  • christina says:

    Many toothpastes have sorbitol, aspartame- and I would like to avoid these artificial sweeteners. Is it ok to use peppermint/spearmint oil only for teeth brushing?
    Thank you.

  • Angelica says:

    Hi, I looked up your Germ Buster Blend and it says it is not good for the skin, even diluted…so gums are a type of skin right??? or what am I missing here? is it okay to use on gums?

    • Hi Angelica,
      Good question! Yes, we don’t recommend it for the skin because some of the essential oils could irritate sensitive skin. We’ve never heard of anyone having problems using it as a rinse for the teeth and gums. We still do recommend that you dilute the germ buster, though, as using it ‘straight’ would be too strong. And of course rinse well after using and don’t ingest.

      Thank you!

  • Jude says:

    What will the oils in a water base do to my waterpik?

  • Leila Lind Karlsson says:

    Have had a tooth-ache related to infected gums for a couple of days. Usually this means going to the dentist for antibiotics, which I hate doing. The first application made the tooth ache even more severly but now it is MUCH better. Will get back in a day or so and give the end of the story.

  • Ron says:

    I haven’t tried using oils for my tooth and gum care hygiene since I’m doing fine with the use of regular toothpaste. My sister and mom both have oral problems like bad breath, tooth decay and gum bleeding once in a while. My mom just got her tooth extracted and the doctor is taking it slowly for her before she gets another appointment for tooth extraction because she is hypertensive. She only has five teeth that are wide apart and brushing it daily hurts her gums. Will gargling the Germ Buster together with the essential oil be enough as a substitute for brushing?

  • Matt says:

    My son does not know how to spit out his toothpaste, he swallows it instead. I would like to try and wet his toothbrush, then dip it in the essential oil solution (diluted with as much water as needed) and help him brush with this solution. Since there would be such a small residue left in his mouth, do you think it would be safe for him to swallow?

    • It would certainly be better for him to spit it out–I don’t know how old your son is, but I wouldn’t advise for a child to ingest essential oils. Also, essential oils can be quite intense, depending on what you use, and he may not like that :)

      I would say that once he’s gotten the hang of spitting, the essential oil mixture would be fine.

      Hope that helps.

  • kathleen says:

    Spot on with this write-up.
    I’ll be returning to see more, thanks for the
    advice!

  • Gretchen says:

    Has this recipe/dilution ratio been documented to kill pathogenic microbes on a scope slide prep? Thank you!

  • ashly says:

    I read that turmeric is a good antimicrobial antiseptic for gingivitis. I was prescribed chlorhexidine but prefer an all natural route. What would the oil to water ratio be if I use turmeric oil and not powder?

    • I found this recipe online for a mouthwash and it looks like a research study shows it’s more effective than chlorhexidine:
      Use 10 mg of turmeric extract dissolved in 100ml, or a little less than a ½ cup of water. A drop or two of peppermint oil can be added for flavoring; alternatively, you can just stir a little turmeric powder into warm water. Either will result in an outstanding mouthwash for treating inflamed gums and even relieving a toothache.

  • great article! Im glad to see more people talking about essential oils and oral health. we have great success using essential oils to reduce dental anxiety, improve office mood and as an antibacterial/ anti-biofilm medicaments.

  • Tsigie says:

    Do i have to use all the Essential Oils you listed? Thanks for the info. i will give it a try.

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