How can essential oils make my dental appointment better?
Many of our patients are looking for alternative ways to improve their health, both body and mind. At Delite Dental in Summerville, SC we have listened to our patients and are incorporating essential oils into your dental appointments and can also recommend them for use at home. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years and can help to remove harmful chemicals and medications from our patient’s lives.
The use of essential oils in the dental office is not a new concept. These oils have been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, fear and promote relaxation and many aid in boosting your immune system and have antibacterial properties.
Which oils can be used at your appointment?
Lavender– helps with relaxation, stress relief, has natural soothing properties
Theives– kills airborne bacteria, boosts immune system
Peppermint– kills anaerobic bacteria which is a type of bacteria prevalent in gum disease
Myrrh– acts as an antiseptic, is great for mouth ulcers and bad breath
Cinnamon– antifungal and antibacterial properties especially against streptococcus mutans, which is the bacteria that causes tooth decay and lactobacillus plantarum one of the bacteria responsible for gum disease
How can essential oils be used?
Diffuser– 6-10 drops of oil to water in bowl or aroma diffuser
Potpourri-25 drops to unscented dry flower mix
Spray bottle-7 drops added to 1 ½ cups of water and sprayed throughout the home or office
Candle-6 drops added to unscented candle in melted wax
How to make your own toothpaste and mouthwash
Remineralizing Toothpaste Ingredients
- 5 parts Calcium powder
- 1 part Diatomaceous Earth (optional- contains trace minerals and silica. UPDATE: A reader noted that DE can be abrasive and is not needed with the baking soda, so if you don’t have DE… no worries!)
- 2 parts Baking Soda
- 3 parts Xylitol Powder– This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.
- 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
- Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Myrrh and Trace Minerals
Natural and antibacterial homemade mouthwash
- A container – use a small mason jar
- ½ cup filtered or distilled water
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil (find 100% pure essential oils here)
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
Baking soda will settle to the bottom of the jar when not in use, so be sure to shake mouthwash before each use. Swish about 2-3 teaspoons of this homemade formula in your mouth for a minute or two. As with any mouthwash, try to avoid swallowing this while gargling.
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