DIY Essential Oils to Remove Bacteria, Plaque and Pain

The most common issues we see at ProGrin Dental are bacteria related. We encourage the use of specific take-home products, but often times our patients like to go a more holistic route. We have several DIY essential oils that we recommend to rid the mouth of bacteria, protect against plaque, and even reduce pain. Here are some of our top suggestions for DIY Essential Oils:

DIY Essential Oils to Remove Bacteria, Plaque and Pain

Tea Tree Oil

The tea tree oil is packed with antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal properties and can be added into your home care routine. Read more about the history of the tea tree on Dr. Brite’s website. This amazing plant is used in everything from shampoo to acne medication and we rate it at the top of our list for natural home remedies. DIY Essential Oil instructions:

  1. Simply rub it directly on the infected gums or use a carrier oil like coconut oil to dilute depending on your sensitivity level.
  2. Dilute with water and swish in a glass for about 60 seconds

Clove Oil

Clove oil is recommended by Colgate to reduce inflammation and provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Although it has a bitter taste, the effect on the gums is remarkable. Eugenol is a natural chemical found in this plant that was used to treat all sorts of ailments before modern medicine.

  1. Apply directly to the gums or with carrier oil

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2 comments on “DIY Essential Oils to Remove Bacteria, Plaque and Pain”
  1. Avatar for ProGrin Dental
    Sajjad Kamran

    Kindly advise if tea Tree Oil and Clove Oil can be used together to make a mouthwash at home.

    Kindly advise further if any other oil or essential oil can be aaded to the just mentioned two oils to make a mouthwash at home to remove plaque and fight dental bacteria.

    Please clarify if it is the ‘oils’ or the ‘essential oils’ we talk about in the context of dental care.

    I shall be grateful for your guidance.

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    1. Avatar for ProGrin Dental

      Thank you so much for the question, Sajjad!

      We are talking about essential oils here that carry antibacterial properties. Many oils do contain these properties, but not all are safe to put in the mouth. Clove oil is safe according to Web MD and many use it after a tooth extraction to fight off infection (we would not recommend ingesting), but tea tree is not safe: https://www.poison.org/articles/2010-dec/tea-tree-oil

      Tea tree is also extremely unpleasant in taste.

      More on Clove oil: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-251/clove

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