The Top 5 Essential Oils for Healthy Teeth and Gums

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best essential oils for healthy teeth and gums

Naturally healthy teeth and gums? Look to these essential oils! They’re best for keeping breath fresh, bacteria at bay, and overall oral health.

I take oral health *very* seriously.

I think it all stems from my childhood — watching my grandfather remove his dentures. You have to admit, it’s a pretty shocking and potentially scarring act to witness if you don’t quite understand what’s going on! I mean, here was a man I knew and loved, my very own Dido, and he could actually remove his teeth at night. It titillated and terrified me at the same time. Mostly terrified.

Now that you have that image in your head (heh)…

So when I began adopting a more “natural” lifestyle, my toothpaste and mouthwash were the last to be converted. I thought I really *needed* those chemicals to keep my teeth extra sparkly and my gums healthy!

But nope! Just as I learned that all-natural deodorant can keep you perfectly odor-free, I found that all-natural oral care practices can keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape without subjecting your body to a whole bunch of nasties.

Essential oils are a key part of my natural oral care routine.

As we know, the benefits of essential oils are far more than aromatic. They have amazing therapeutic, healing qualities.

I use the following 5 essential oils in my DIY all-natural whitening & remineralizing toothpaste and DIY all-natural herbal mouth mouthwash.

best essential oils for oral health

The Top 5 Essential Oils for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Cinnamon essential oil

Cinnamon essential oil has long been used for its medicinal properties, specifically its antifungal, antibacterial properties. Recent research conducted in New Zealand showed that cinnamon EO has the greatest antimicrobial potency against streptococcus mutans, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, and lactobacillus plantarum, one of the bacteria responsible in gum disease. Pretty darn impressive, huh?

Peppermint essential oil

Researchers have found that the peppermint essential oil is extremely effective at killing anaerobic bacteria, they type of bacteria that thrive in a low oxygen environment such as the mouth, and can cause gum disease.

Spearmint essential oil

Spearmint essential oil’s properties are very similar to that of peppermint essential oil: it is a strong antiseptic, eliminating germs and helping any wounds heal more quickly. It is also soothing to soft tissues like gum tissue.

Myrrh essential oil

Myrrh essential oil acts as both an antiseptic and a soother. For this reason, it has traditionally been to support gum health and to heal mouth ulcers. Myrrh essential oil may also assist gum tissue health by supporting the flow of blood to the tissue.

Clove essential oil

Clove essential oil has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years to relieve tooth pain. Clinical research demonstrated that clove inhibits many pathogenic bacteria. In the past, dentists have used clove to disinfect disturbed root canals, since clove has moderately strong germicidal properties. A recent study showed that clove essential oil has a particular ability to inhibit the growth of mutant and wild strains of bacteria, which is just fascinating.

How can you add these essential oils to your oral health routine?

These essential oils make a great addition to oil pulling. Simple add a few drops to your sesame or coconut oil (you will need to melt the coconut oil first if it is solid).

You can also add them to any DIY toothpaste, mouthwash, or teeth whitening treatment.

essential oils for healthy teeth and gums


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  1. Please explain how to dilute the oils and or/ make the mouth wash.
    I have genetically bad (receding gums) tried Myrr but may have been too late for one tooth so I had the gum graft surgery. I will need another one for a separate tooth if I can’t sop the recession it’s really expensive please share some tips

  2. Have any of you ever used this tooth paste to get rid of a cavity? If so about how long does it take to remineralize? Is there ever a time where the cavity is too deep and you can use this tooth paste to save your teeth?

  3. Hello,

    Please tell me which essential oil is best to stop receding gums?

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond!

  4. Hello,

    Please tell me which essential oil is best to stop reseeding gums?

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond!

  5. I am very new to this and want to take these for problems with my gums. How is this done? Is it mixed in water and if so how much water. Do you put it full strength on your gums? As you can read I have no idea how to apply. Please give me your feedback. Thank you

  6. Hi Nadia,

    I just found your site! I have gum disease (always have, dentist told me I brush too hard in some spots and not hard enough in others) and was wondering how to use these oils? I already have the majority of them. Would I apply directly on the gum or is it not supposed to directly contact the area?


  7. I’m looking to make toothpaste with eo’s. Can you tell me what you mix your eo’s with? I have burning mouth syndrome and cannot use cinnamin or mints or anything to strong to the taste buds. Any help would be so appreciated. My mouth seems so raw and the Dr.’s cannot figure out what is going on. So many toothpastes have chemicals and flavors I can’t do. Thank you in advance. I’m signing up for your tips today.

  8. I have not but since it is a potent antibacterial blend, I’d assume someone out there has!

  9. Have you ever used thieves in your oral care? I’ve used them for inflamed taste buds and bubbles on the bottom of my tongue but was unsure about how well it would work for gum health, etc.

  10. have been using tooth oils for the last 7 years. 2-3 drop on tooth brush..and brush 2 min..slight rinse if you have to..they say swallow..I don’t…I spit it out…..But overall you will feel the EO working in your mouth..that is why i say a very slight rinse…if none at ll