Gum and Mouth Problems

cute blond little girl brushing teeth smilingMost diseases in the mouth are caused by bacteria infections which are called periodontal diseases. These types of infections can lead to inflammation and can result in destroying gums and other tissues that support teeth. The type of bacteria that forms in the mouth is described as a sticky, colorless film called plaque and if it is not removed it can harden on the teeth and is known as tartar.

Plaque, tartar, and the bacteria cause inflammation of the gums and irritation. The periodontal disease starts as Gingivitis and can become worse resulting in Periodontal pockets and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is where the gums appear red, swollen, and bleed easily. Periodontal pockets are where plaque begins to form below the gum line and pockets form. Periodontitis is a chronic (on going) presence of plaque, tartar, and bacterial infection which destroys the gum and bone structure that supports the teeth. This may result in the gums becoming loose and needing removal.

Gum diseases can contribute to other diseases. Clinical research suggests that gum diseases may be associated with other diseases such as strokes, diabetes, heart, and other cardiovascular problems. The strong held opinion is that a healthy mouth can maintain a person’s overall health.

Suggested Oils to Use

Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Myrrh

Also consider:Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Peppermint, Rosemary

Suggested Ways to use

Gum Pain and Discomfort

Apply Clove (1-2 drops) topically to the painful area of the gum, tooth, or cheek. Clove provides a numbing effect (for children dilute with a pleasant tasting carrier oil).

Reducing Inflammation

For a mild recipe to help reduce inflammation of the gums: Mix 1 or 4 drops of Myrrh in 1 tablespoon of water or a carrier oil. Swish the mixture in your mouth through the teeth for approximately 5-10 minutes 2-3 times daily. After swishing brush the teeth using a drop of peppermint on your toothpaste. Do not swallow. Adding Lemon or Peppermint to the mixture may help improve the taste.

Essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Rosemary can be used in the same manner as Myrrh above.

For a more aggressive recipe for treating inflammation of the gums: mix 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil (or another acceptable tasting carrier oil), 2 drops of Clove, and 2 drops of Oregano. Put the mixture into your mouth and swish for about 10 minutes and then spit it out up to three times per day.

For Abrasions

Use a mouth wash above with Lavender or Tea Tree instead of the oils mentioned.

Simple Mouth Sores

Apply topically, lavender or peppermint with a q-tip or your finger (after you have washed your hands).

Halitosis (bad breath)

Essential oils that help with halitosis (bad breath) and are antibacterial are Peppermint and Lemongrass.

Essential Oil Tooth Paste Recipe

• 6 tsp baking soda
• 1/3 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp xylitol (a natural sweetener)
• 4 tsp glycerin
• 10 drops Peppermint
• 2 drop so cinnamon
• 2 drops Melaleuca
• 3 drops Birch