see also teeth problems
most common gum and mouth problems are periodontal diseases
that are bacterial infections that lead to inflammation and
eventually destroy the gums and other supporting tissues
surrounding the teeth. The bacteria is in a sticky,
colorless film called plaque that forms in the mouth and if
not removed it hardens on the teeth and is known as tartar.
Both plaque and tartar and the bacteria involved irritate
and inflame the gums. The progression of periodontal
Gingivitis – gums are red, swollen, and bleed easily.
Periodontal pockets – plaque begins to form below the gum
line and pockets form.
Periodontitis – The chronic presence of plaque, tartar, and
attending bacterial infection destroys the gum and bone
structure that supports the teeth and may result in them
becoming loose and needing removal.
Beyond this clinical testing suggests that periodontal
diseases (gum disease) may be associated with strokes,
diabetes, heart, and other cardiovascular problems. The
prevailing opinion is that a healthy mouth can enhance
overall health, as well as prolong the effective health of
teeth. Other mouth sores can range from cold sores that are
a viral infection in the mouth (see “Herpes Simplex”) to
simple abrasions. Cold sores are quite contagious but their
cousin, the canker sore, is not. Braces rubbing the cheek,
biting lips, biting inside the cheek, or a very hot drink
can cause abrasions..
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
CloveC, LavenderC, LemonE, MelaleucaC, MyrrhEC, Protective BlendC
Essential oils based
products: Protective Blend Toothpaste
EucalyptusC, HelichrysumC, FrankincenseC, Peppermint, RosemaryC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
For pain and discomfort
Clove (1-2 drops)
applied topically to the painful area of the gum, tooth, or
cheek will provide a numbing effect (for children dilute
with a pleasant tasting carrier oil).
To reduce inflammation, heal, and
promote ongoing gum health
Mild : Mix 1 or
4 drops of Myrrh in 1
tablespoon of water or a carrier oil. Swish and
mixture through the teeth for approximately 5-10 minutes 2-3
times daily Then follow-up by brushing the teeth using
Protective Blend. Do not
swallow. Lemon or
Peppermint added to the mixture may make the taste more
Other oils for mouth
and gum problems include: Eucalyptus, Frankincense,
Rosemary, or Protective Blend. These oils can be used in the
same manner as Myrrh above.
tbsp fractionated coconut oil
drops of Clove
drops of Oregano
• Put the above blend into your mouth, gently
pull the oils
around and through your teeth for 10 minutes and then spit it
out up to three times a day.
Use one of the mouth
washes above using Lavender or Melaleuca instead of the oils
For simple sores
Topically apply a drop
of Lavender or Melaleuca directly on the sore.
For halitosis (bad breath)
((...) also makes a Peppermint based
beadlet excellent for halitosis.)
Peppermint or Lemongrass are oils that will help with
halitosis (bad breath) and also are very antibacterial.
A suggested toothpaste recipe
((...) also makes an essential oils
based toothpaste with the Protective Blend, Protective Blend
tsp baking soda
tsp xylitol (a natural sweetener)
drops Protective Blend
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Stephanie - I just had some dental work
done, and because he drilled into my jaw bone, as a
"precautionary" the dentist wanted me to do a round of
antibiotics. I haven't been on antibiotics in years, and I
really don't want to wipe my system out with them as a
precautionary to infection, but I also don't want an
infection in my jaw bone. Surely you have a protocol for
Pat - I know that a capsule filled with
4 drops of Oregano and 5 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of
Melaleuca is a good antibiotic. Also taking Probiotic Defense Formula should
help, just don't take it at the same time as you take the
Rob - I have recently helped someone who
had an inflamed tooth/jaw area by oil pulling with 1 drop
Oregano, 5 drops Protective Blend in 1 tablespoon of
virgin coconut oil for
5 minutes, 3 times daily. After 2-3 days the
inflammation/swelling was gone.
Raymundoss - I have
a reoccurring gum infection once or twice a year. I can't
stand to pull Oregano for ten minutes, could I get the same
effect if I diluted it with some FCO? Or with
Pat -Yes you can swish with FCO and you can also add
Lemon to the Oregano and/or use Protective Blend. I swish for 5
minutes and just do it more often. I also have swished with
Jan - Myrrh is marvelous for dental/oral conditions.
Rob - If you add EVCO or FCO or other
carrier to the Oregano and then pull with it, it will help
make it tolerable. You can also add Lemon to cool it a bit.
Many oils would be great for the gums. Lemongrass,
Frankincense, Myrrh, Basil, Thyme, Protective Blend, Clove,
Melaleuca, Rosemary, etc. But Oregano will be most effective
(with Myrrh). Unfortunately two of the worst tasting oils
there are. Brush with Peppermint or Protective Blend afterward.
Raymundoss - Thank
you! So i have been muscling through the Oregano swish...and
last night I got some Oregano on my upper lip... is it
possible for it to have created a blister?
Rob - Yes, Oregano will burn your lip!
As soon as you feel it on your lip or face, get some FCO on
it! If you add EVCO, FCO, or other carrier to the Oregano
and then pull with it, it will help make it tolerable. As
previously said you can also add Lemon to cool it a bit.
Renee - I have a
dear friend who is 100% willing to commit to a protocol to
reverse the damage of gingivitis. His dentist wants him to
spend thousands for about 14 appointments of painful
scraping. He wants to try whatever I recommend first. I am
looking forward to your replies.
Pat - I have never heard from anyone
that this protocol does not work. I have, however heard from
many that it blew their dentists away!
tbsp Fractionated coconut oil (you can use Virgin Coconut
Oil that you have melted to room temperature (do not use a
drops of Clove
drops of Oregano
Put the above blend into your mouth, gently pull the oils
around your mouth letting them sit where there are problems.
You will do this oil pull for 10 minutes and then spit it
out. If you are working on a specific gum problem then do
this protocol three times a day.
Renee - One more
question if I may, what would you suggest to address bone
Pat - The Live Long Vitality is really a
good place to start on this.
Sharon - I would also add a drop or two
of Myrrh to Pat's protocol.
Adrienne - I have
always had a little bit of infection in a root canal I had
done few years ago. To get rid of it my dentist is
suggesting a major procedure. I don't want to do it. Do you
think this oil pull protocol will help?
Pat - I truly think the oil pull
protocol will help.
Kathy – I just had
a wisdom tooth out and I am in a lot of pain. I have taken
some strong painkillers but it doesn’t seem to help, the
whole side of my head is aching. The dentist said don’t
swish anything till tomorrow and only use salty water? Any
suggestions will be gratefully accepted.
Leah – Clove. Or maybe even Protective Blend,
because it has Clove in it. I would just apply some to a
Q-tip and gently dab the tender spots. Maybe some Soothing Blend
on the outside of your jaw? I bet Birch would work too.
Suzy - Put Clove oil on a Q-tip
and apply to the area as much as you can stand. It
really works! If you have a small pipette, you could
even drop a drop of oil into the open cavity left behind.
Hope this helps!
Heather - I just put Protective Blend on my gum
because they felt infected. It numbed it really well. Now my
gum feels better.
Brooke - Also use Frankincense on the
outside of your jaw and cheekbone to help with swelling and
Pat - These are all good suggestions, I
still prefer the oil pull of 2 tbsp Fractionated Coconut oil
with 2 drops of Clove and 2 drops of Oregano. Don't swish
just hold it in your mouth for 10 minutes. You will be
Kathy - Thanks everyone, I am feeling
much better today. Have been using all the suggestions but
haven’t swished yet. I am going to try that suggestion now.
Laura – With any sore in the mouth I use
Melaleuca. I have a spray bottle filled with water and some
Melaleuca (I can't remember how many drops, but it was not
many) on hand and any time we have a sore throat, mouth
pain, bite on our cheek, after the kids pull teeth, etc. we
use it. Just spray it in all around the mouth and then you
can swish after if you want, or just let it sit a minute and
spit. It works great- much better than our old OTC sore
throat spray- or Orajel. I also use Protective Blend on my
toothbrush when my teeth start feeling sensitive or sore and
it will work for a couple days at a time at least!
Jess - Lucky me.
I've had pain for 3 days and the dentist diagnosed the need
for a root canal. The X-rays show no infection nor a cavity,
possibly a hairline crack. I've read about the recommended
oil pull protocol and I will start that tonight. My question
is: does anyone have any info of oils helping repair teeth
Pat - Right now just do the Clove,
Oregano and coconut oil protocol. I am not sure about why
the teeth crack, that is what happened to me and the oil
pull helped so much.
Jeanne - Fluoride is a hardener of tooth
enamel for sure, but it hardens them to the point of being
brittle. It also blocks absorption of other minerals. There
is an excellent book by Ramiel Nigal called "Heal Tooth
Decay" that can be found online. It contains diet and other
things you can do to help heal your teeth naturally. It is
worth a look. It based on research done by Weston A Price.
Jess - The oil pull is helping
tremendously. I'm guessing that is why they can't detect any
infection. I've been fluoride free for 15 years now so I
hope I've worked out the majority of it from my system.
Apart from growing up in a community where the water had a
high quantity of fluoride in the water, 20 years after
moving away my teeth have a more healthy appearance.
Christine - I would certainly try Birch
- you could put it directly on the tooth. I just had a
tooth pulled that was an old root canal. The dentist
said root canal teeth are not strong and they are brittle.
This "dead" tooth was also affecting several organs in my
body and I am now trying to heal them with oils. I
know of 2 alternative dentists who would not do root canals.
There is a reason. Do some research before you have
Pat - My son-in-law is the one who got
me starting on this oil pull after my tooth fractured. He
also told me that consistent use also got rid of a cavity.
Don't you just love these oils?
Jess - I really do. I've seen decay in
my children's mouths disappear as we started making our own
toothpaste with our oils. Amazing!
Sunny - Just curious... What oils did
you use to take care of the tooth decay?
Just a 'heads up.' I had an experience with pain in the
gum line above my most upper left-hand tooth several years
ago. The dentist could see no reason for it - no infection,
nothing in x-rays. I had a root canal and that did not stop
the pain. I was really worried that whatever was causing
the pain would spread to other nearby teeth. So, after
consulting with my dentist, I had the tooth removed. This
was all before I began using essential oils.
Turned out that a few months later, the pain returned.
This time, I was not so quick to extract more teeth! I had
heard that sometimes the mouth (teeth, gums, etc) reflect
what is going on elsewhere in the body. By this time, I was
using oils and applied what worked for me in the area
(Peppermint). Detoxing with GI Cleansing Formula and consistent use of
LLV has permanently eradicated the pain.
Jess - After years of poo-pooing my
homemade concoctions, my lovely 12 year old daughter asked
me to make her some toothpaste. It turned out to be a really
good batch. So good that almost everyone in the house is
using it. Today while getting ready for school said pre-teen
daughter commented that her acne has cleared for no apparent
reason. Her younger 10-year-old sister's acne has cleared as
well with the only routine change being the toothpaste. Our
teeth are significantly whiter too. So now she is amazed
that a product for her teeth would effect her skin and I am
her hero ( for a minute.)
tsp baking soda
tsp xylitol (a natural sweetener)
drops Protective Blend
I mix it up and keep it in a 4 oz mason jar. We keep a
baby spoon with it that we rinse betwix uses. I've put it in
plastic travel shampoo bottles in the past but it separates
and needs stirring occasionally. Let me know if you have a
better delivery system.
Brenda - What is xylitol, where do you
get it and what form is it, liquid, powder? I am anxious to
Editorial comment – Also see the Science
and Research tab above for more information on xylitol.
Glycerin is made from animal or vegetable fat. The
vegetable fat type is preferable and is available at
pharmacies like Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, or online.
Jess - It is a sweetener that is good
for your teeth. It whitens them. I get it from the health
food store. It comes in powdered form.
What Science & Research are saying
The effects of a tea tree
oil-containing gel on plaque and chronic gingivitis.
Aust Dent J. 2004 Jun;49(2):78-83. Soukoulis
S, Hirsch R. Dental School, The University of
Adelaide, South Australia.
This clinical study assessed the effects of topically
applied tea tree oil (TTO)-containing gel on dental plaque
and chronic gingivitis.
This was a double-blind, longitudinal, non-crossover
study in 49 medically fit non-smokers (24 males and 25
females) aged 18-60 years with severe chronic gingivitis.
Subjects were randomly assigned to three groups and given
either TTO-gel (2.5 per cent), chlorhexidine (CHX) gel (0.2
per cent), or a placebo gel to apply with a toothbrush twice
daily. Treatment effects were assessed using the Gingival
Index (GI), Papillary Bleeding Index (PBI) and plaque
staining score (PSS) at four and eight weeks.
No adverse reactions to any of the gels were reported.
The data were separated into subsets by tooth (anterior and
posterior) and tooth surface (buccal and lingual). The TTO
group had significant reduction in PBI and GI scores.
However,,TTO did not reduce plaque scores, which tended to
increase over the latter weeks of the study period.
Although further studies are required, the
anti-inflammatory properties of TTO-containing gel applied
topically to inflamed gingival tissues may prove to be a
useful non-toxic adjunct to chemotherapeutic
Antimicrobial activities of the
volatile oils of Ocimum bacilicum L. and Ocimum gratissimum
L. (Lamiaceae) against some aerobic dental isolates.
Editor’s note: Basil (Ocimum
bacilicum) and African Basil ( Ocimum gratissimum) used in a
Pak J Pharm Sci. 2009 Oct;22(4):405-9. Ahonkhai I,
Ba A, Edogun O, Mu U. Department of
Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University
of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.
Essential or volatile oils of plants have been variously
reported to have many medicinal applications. Their probable
uses against oral microbes have received little attention.
Oral swabs obtained from eighteen dental patients at the
University of Benin teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria,
led to the isolation of twenty nine bacteria. Using standard
methods, the microorganisms were identified as Streptococcus
viridians (16; representing 55.17%), Staphylococcus albus
(9; 31.04%), Klebisiella pneumonia (2; 6.90%), Pseudomonas
aeruginosa (1, 3.45%) and Proteus vulgaris (1, 3.45%). The
antimicrobial activities of the volatile oils of Ocimum
Basilicum L. and O. gratissimum L. were evaluated on the
twenty nine organisms using agar diffusion and agar dilution
methods. In the susceptibility tests, the volatile oils of
O. Basilicum and O. gratissimum independently inhibited the
growth of Klebisiella pneumonia at a concentration of 0.51%
in the agar; Streptococcus viridians and Staphylococcus
albus at 1.10% and Pseudomonas aeruginosa at 10.0%. Proteus
vulgaris was inhibited at 0.53% by the volatile oil of O.
gratissimum and 0.67% by O. Basilicum. Separate
incorporation of the volatile oils into tooth pastes (2 and
5%), the volatiles oils showed antibacterial activities
comparable to a commercial tooth paste (which contains O.
Basilicum 0.01% among others) against most resistant
organisms. As components of mouth washes, the volatile oils
completely inhibited the growth of organisms at a
concentration of 0.5%.
The effects of Lavender scent on
dental patient anxiety levels: a cluster randomised-controlled
Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Feb;38(1):83-7. Epub
2009 Nov 23. Kritsidima M, Newton T, Asimakopoulou K.
King's College London, Dental Institute, Denmark Hill,
To review the effect of Lavender scent on anticipatory
anxiety in dental participants.
In a cluster randomized-controlled trial, patients' (N =
340) anxiety was assessed while waiting for a scheduled
dental appointment, either under the odor of Lavender or
with no odor. Current anxiety, assessed by the brief State
Trait Anxiety Indicator (STAI-6), and generalized dental
anxiety, assessed by the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale
(MDAS) were examined.
Analyses of variance (anovas) showed that although both
groups showed similar, moderate levels of generalized dental
anxiety (MDAS F((1,338)) = 2.17, P > 0.05) the Lavender
group reported significantly lower current anxiety (STAI:
F((1,338)) = 74.69, P < 0.001) than the control group.
Although anxiety about future dental visits seems to be
unaffected, Lavender scent reduces state anxiety in
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is not only a safe, natural sweetener without the
bad side-effects of sugar and artificial substitutes, it's
also good for your teeth, stabilises insulin and hormone
levels and promotes good health.
Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous
vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and various
hardwood trees like Birch. It is a natural, intermediate
product which regularly occurs in the glucose metabolism of
man and other animals as well as in the metabolism of
several plants and micro-organisms. Xylitol is produced
naturally in our bodies; in fact, we make up to 15 grams
daily during normal metabolism.
Although xylitol tastes and looks exactly like sugar,
that is where the similarities end. Xylitol is really
sugar's mirror image. While sugar wreaks havoc on the body,
xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity, protects
against chronic degenerative disease and has anti-ageing
benefits. Xylitol is considered a five-carbon sugar, which
means it is an antimicrobial, preventing the growth of
bacteria. While sugar is acid forming, xylitol is alkaline
enhancing. All other forms of sugar, including sorbitol,
another popular alternative sweetener, are six-carbon sugars
which feed dangerous bacteria and fungi.
Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in
1963, xylitol has no known toxic levels. The only discomfort
that some sensitive people may notice initially when taking
large amounts is mild diarrhoea or slight cramping. Since
the body makes xylitol daily, as well as the enzymes to
break it down, any discomfort usually disappears within a
few days as the body's enzymatic activity adjusts to a
Xylitol has 40 per cent fewer calories and 75 per cent
fewer carbohydrates than sugar and is slowly absorbed and
metabolised, resulting in very negligible changes in
insulin. About one-third of the xylitol that is consumed is
absorbed in the liver. The other two-thirds travels to the
intestinal tract where it is broken down by gut bacteria
into short-chain fatty acids.
Xylitol looks, feels and tastes exactly like sugar and
leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. It is available in many
forms. In its crystalline form, it can replace sugar in
cooking, baking or as a sweetener for beverages. It is also
included as an ingredient in chewing gum, mints and nasal