Are your gums swollen, inflamed or bleed when you brush your teeth? Are your gums sensitive or do you have frequent infections? These are signs of gum disease. These symptoms are caused by bacteria that get down in the pockets between your gums and teeth. A diet of processed foods, sodas and smoking play a big part in starting gum disease.
Be sure to find a dentist that will work with you on nutrition and supplements in addition to suggested treatments to help you reverse this painful disease. There is research now that suggests that gum disease also affects the heart and other organs in the body so you will want to catch any symptoms early and take care of that. Gum disease can lead to the loss of several or all of the teeth and it can also cause bone loss.
Herbal essential oils can be used to help fight gum disease. They are antibacterial killing the bacteria around your gums while you work on the deeper level nutritionally. Here are several essential oils that you can use singly or to make your own blend: clove, eucalyptus, tea tree, manuka, peppermint, oregano, spearmint, rosemary, cinnamon, myrrh, orange, thyme and fennel.
Some common blends are:
- manuka/tea tree/eucalyptus
- peppermint/orange/ eucalyptus
Experiment with singles or blend a few to find what works for you. Here are some ways to use these oils:
- Make your own toothpaste. In a small container mix 2-4 drops of essential oil with 4 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Brush with this mixture.
- For a mouth rinse after brushing mix 1 cup warm water with 6 drops of oil.
- For a mouthwash mix 1 cup water, 5 drops oil and 2 teaspoons vodka or brandy. Shake before each use.
These oils are not a replacement for your dentist, but rather an addition to your regimen to fight the bacteria. Remember, essential oils are powerful so do not misuse them. Do not swallow and keep them out of the reach of children.
Shanna Ohmes has studied herbs, nutrition, healthy eating, and naturalist studies through courses and self-study for 10 years. She has applied her knowledge with her family, friends, pets and livestock.
©2009 Shanna Ohmes