Essential oil rinses have been found to be just as effective at removing and preventing plaque and tartar as fluoride, if not more so. Furthermore, there are no neurotoxins in essential oils. Essential oil rinses are also extremely gentle, and can be used even with dental implants. They help prevent that nasty biofilm, too.
Essential oils are a natural preservative, as well. This means they can help fight bacteria and prevent infection, as well as tooth decay and gum disease.
The best anti-microbial essential oil to help prevent gingivitis and other conditions is clove oil. Clove and orange oil also form a great combination to decrease tooth sensitivity. Peppermint essential oil is the obvious choice to fight bad breath. For whitening, you might wish to try eucalyptus oil. Virtually any essential oil can be used to ward off plaque and tartar, as most oils are antimicrobial.
Peppermint essential oil
Researchers have found that the peppermint EO 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.
Clove essential oil
Clove 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.
Spearmint essential oil
Spearmint properties are very similar to that of peppermint: it is a strong antiseptic, eliminating germs and helping any wounds heal more quickly. It is also soothing to soft tissues like gum tissue.