DENTAL HEALTH

ESSENTIAL OILS

Oregano. Has proven and powerful anti- microbial capabilities.81

Cedarwood. Defends the body against bacteria.

Tea Tree and Manuka. Destroys parasites and fungi.

Thyme. Controls infections on the skin and within the body.82

Research
A study found that clove essential oil had the same numbing effect as benzocaine, a topical agent commonly used before needle insertion. Use with teething infants by mixing it with coconut oil and rubbing it on the gums.

Home Remedy
Homemade Mouthwash. Add 5 drops each of peppermint oil and tea tree oil to 2 cups of spring water. Mix it together in a BPA-free plastic dispenser bottle. Sip and swish around in your mouth, gargle for 30 seconds and spit out. Do not swallow.

Background
Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. One common oral concern is tooth decay, which occurs when foods containing carbohydrates such as milk, soda, cakes and candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods and produce acids as a result. Over time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay and other dental concerns. Over 90 percent of adults ages 20 to 64 have had tooth decay. Some common causes of dental issues include lack of good oral hygiene habits, consumption of processed sugar, a lack of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and a deficiency in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Essential oils can present some safe, effective options for great oral care.

Suggested Supplements

» Coconut Oil. Try a technique called oil pulling for oral detoxification. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spit out, rinse and brush your teeth.

» Vitamins D3 and K2, and Magnesium. Consider taking these vitamins and minerals essential for building strong teeth and bones.