What essential oils are being used in dental health care?
The popularity of essential oils (Eos) has blossomed throughout recent years, and its use in dentistry is no exception. This form of holistic medicine has been around since the ancient ages as we previously mentioned.
Your oral health affects your overall wellness, so if you are looking to improve your physical health in a more “clean-living” lifestyle, beginning with your oral health is a great place to start!
Essential oils are used for a variety of diseases and prevention, and are proven to strength and soothe the mind, body, and spirit.
- Lavander oil – provide a pleasant smell and can help the memory, mood, and hormones. Lavender oil shows a significant reduction in mild anxiety scores for people who were exposed to the lavender oil for just 15-30 minutes prior to their appointment. Avoid if you suffer from hypertension.
Use: Aromatherapy using diffusers. Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
When buying pure lavender essential oil, check the label for its Latin name, Lavandula angustifolia. No other oils or ingredients should be listed. If you see another oil should not be used in a diffuser.
Essential oils should be packaged in a dark amber or cobalt bottle and stored out of sunlight.
2. Orange essential oil – As well as Lavander, this citrus oil reduces anxiety scores and has great benefits regarding children ages 6-9, who were exposed to the oil aroma during their treatment in dental surgery.
Use: Dental settings
- 3. Clove oil (Eugenol extract): This is the kings of kings of numbing pain. Eugenol is most effective at reducing pain, inflammation, and infection than another type of analgesic. Study participants who used the eugenol-based paste also had better wound healing than study participants who used the other treatment or no treatment at all.
Use: Direct application. squeeze a few drops of clove oil with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, soak a swab or cotton ball with the clove oil, gently swipe the swab or ball around the oral area that is bothering you, allow the oil sit for 5 to 10 minutes before it starts working.
4. Thyme oil: The Sage mouthwash effectively reduced the number of the main bacteria that causes tooth decay ( Streptococcus mutans) in dental plaque.
Use: Mouth Rinse – mouthwashes have been around for a long, long time. In fact, the very first references that we have are from books in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine that list ingredients for a mouth rinse for the treatment of gingivitis from about 2700 B.C. The Romans and Greeks, typically used a mouth rinse after brushing their teeth with sticks or reeds.
Option A. add a few drops of essential oils with water. Method: vigorously swish the rinse in your mouth after brushing. Just like regular mouthwash, be careful not to swallow the rinse.
Option B – if you can’t get the essential oil: Use Filtered water, 1 tsp of mineral rich salt and sage leaves. Method: in a bottle put 6 sage leaves, dissolve salt in 5 oz. of boiling water, after all is dissolved, pour boiling water inside bottle, use daily after brushing your teeth, until mouthwash is finished or continue a little longer if your oral health still not up to scratch.
Before bringing the curtain down…
While EOs should not replace your normal dental care products, they can be considered an acceptable and effective addition to your oral healthcare routine due to their antiseptic properties.
In a sometimes modern, disposable, and fast-speed world, it is time to synchronize ourselves with nature, providing ample space for each other. Here we are trying to retrieve and relearn the ancient ways, which already exist and are widely available for us – bringing harmony, balance and health in our lives. We just need to take a chance :-]