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Some Oils Can Improve Gum Health

Posted on 6/15/2019 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Some Oils Can Improve Gum HealthWith all the talk about essential oils and their virtues, it is only natural to wonder if oils can help your gum tissue. While it is not recommended that you apply concentrated essential oils directly to your gum tissue, there actually may be some use for some oils in terms of assisting with the overall health of your mouth.

Some Oils Can Help Kill Bacteria

The problem of gum disease comes from the bacteria that reside in your mouth. In high enough population concentrations, the bacteria can cause plaque and tartar deposits. While there is really no substitute for regular brushing and flossing, you may also be able to use some oils to help reduce the bacterial population in your mouth.

Oils such as cinnamon, spearmint, tea tree oil, and peppermint all contain compounds that are widely viewed as being antimicrobial. These compounds kill the bacteria that cause so many problems. Additionally, many people engage in oil pulling using coconut oil. This practice can help leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Be Careful When Using Oils
You should take precautions before applying oils to your mouth. The gum and other soft tissues in the mouth are more delicate than your skin. Some oils—such as tea tree oil—can cause burns or other injuries when applied at full strength. This is especially true with your gum tissue and mucous membranes.

Carefully read the labels of any oils you may be considering. If there are directions for diluting them, be sure that you follow the instructions closely. It is always better to use a solution that seems to be too weak as opposed to one that will injure you.

If you have any questions relating to the health of your gum tissue, please let us know. We are here to help you!
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