8 Perfect Essential Oils to Use for Natural Oral Care

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Using essential oils in your natural oral care routine is an excellent way to cleanse and freshen your mouth without using harmful or potentially harmful chemicals often found in most oral care products.

** Please Note… All the information in this post is not meant to replace dental care from a dentist or dental professional. I do highly recommend searching for a biological dentist or holistic dentist.

** PLEASE NOTE ** Don’t be fooled by clever marketing. Not all essential oils are created equally. Make sure you’re not wasting your money on fake essential oils, or oils diluted in questionable solvents (even if they’re labeled as “pure essential oil”). Don’t miss our complete guide on how to find quality essential oils to ensure you’re not wasting your money on brands of oils that legally carry out questionable or unethical practices and mislead you through deceitful marketing practices.

Essential Oils for Preventative Oral Care

There are several essential oils that perfectly compliment your oral wellness routine:

Oregano Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • Supports healthy gum tissue

Oregano essential oil is known as a “hot” oil… meaning it could cause a burning sensation if you use it without diluting. If you do use it “neat” (without diluting) it will burn and hurt.

Dilute oregano essential oil 1 drop per 1tsp of a carrier oil.

Cinnamon Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • Keeps your teeth strong
  • Supports oral wellness

Cinnamon essential oil is known as a “hot” oil… meaning it could cause a burning sensation if you use it without diluting. If you do use it “neat” (without diluting) it will burn and hurt.

Peppermint Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • Supports oral wellness
  • Tastes the best

Peppermint essential oil is known as a “hot” oil… meaning it could cause a burning sensation if you use it without diluting. If you do use it “neat” (without diluting) it will burn and hurt.

Spearmint is a good alternative to peppermint if peppermint is a bit too strong for you

Clove Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • Supports oral wellness
  • Numbing properties, easing discomfort

Peppermint essential oil is known as a “hot” oil… meaning it could cause a burning sensation if you use it without diluting. If you do use it “neat” (without diluting) it will burn and hurt.

Best to use with oregano together (1 drop each to 1-2 tsp of carrier oil)

Rosemary Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • great to combat bad breath and odor

Best to use in oil-pulling, mouth spray, mouth rinse mixed with peppermint.

Tea Tree Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • great to combat bad breath and odor
  • Add a drop onto your toothbrush after eating something with strong aromas

Orange Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • Only oil known for helping teeth whitening
  • Tastes amazing
  • Good for oral wellness
  • May dissolve petrochemicals

I love orange for so many reasons. Having personal experience with whitening my own teeth using orange is a huge ordeal.

Take the Orange Essential Oil Teeth Whitening Challenge!

Every day for 30 days, use orange vitality essential oil in your oral hygiene routine, at least once a day. Ideas for using orange vitality essential oil each day include:

  • Drip a drop of orange vitality essential oil on your toothbrush and brush your teeth
  • Add a drop of orange vitality essential oil to your toothpaste and brush your teeth
  • Mix a couple drops of orange vitality essential oil to a carrier oil like sesame oil for oil pulling

Take a photo the first day and last day to see the difference.

Thieves Essential Oil for Preventative Oral Care

  • Famous blend of oils with clove, cinnamon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon essential oils
  • Powerhouse of oils for oral care – clove, cinnamon, and rosemary already mentioned earlier. Plus lemon has very similar

Thieves is also a “hot oil.” Some people do drip a drop on their toothpaste and are ok. Others (like me) needs to dilute it more.

If you don’t have access to Thieves (this is where we buy Thieves), then you can make your own using this simple DIY Thieves Essential Oil recipe.

How To Use Essential Oils for Preventative Oral Care

There are a few different ways to use essential oils in with your oral care:

  • DIY oral hygiene products
  • Dilute in carrier oil to brush your teeth with
  • Drip onto your toothpaste to brush your teeth with
  • Use in your oil pulling routine (swish with a carrier oil)

If you choose to do oil pulling or use a carrier oil on your toothpaste, I recommend using sunflower oil or sesame oil.

You can also use coconut oil (the most popular) in your oil hygiene routine. But a word of warning… if you choose to use coconut oil make sure you spit into the trash (or outside), and not into your sink. Coconut oil below 76 degrees does turn into a solid and has been known to clog plumbing.

Essential Oils In Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Oil Pulling

Clients and customers we’ve had oil pull every day for a month or more have reported their teeth whitening, their immune system strengthening, acne disappearing, increased energy, PMS symptoms disappear… etc.

Check out our post all about oil pulling for all the details.

Quick Tip… once you’re done with oil pulling, scrape your tongue (with a tongue scraper or metal spoon), and then swish around and rinse your mouth out with saltwater. This will help any toxins pulled out with oil pulling exit your mouth and not reabsorb.

With oil pulling, you do want cold-pressed, unrefiend, and organic. I recommend sesame or coconut oil.

Personally, I do my oil pulling with a drop of Thieves and two drops of orange essential oils.

DIY Dental Hygiene Recipes Featuring Essential Oils

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DIY Brightening Toothpaste

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Add in your essential oils (you can add more if you want a stronger flavor). Add the mix into a small mason jar or empty toothpaste tubes.

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** Quick tip… if you’re going to use this recipe on your pet, be sure to leave out the xylitol

DIY Clay Detoxifying Toothpaste, Featuring Essential Oils

Ingredients

Directions

In a glass bowl, melt the coconut oil. Mix bentonite clay and water together (be sure to not use a metal pr plastic spoon – I recommend silicone). Add in your baking soda and essential oils. You may add an additional 1 tsp of water if you need a different texture.

Store in a small mason jar or empty toothpaste squeeze tube.

DIY Peppermint Mouthwash

Ingredients

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a large storage bottle with a cap, and shake to mix thoroughly before each use.

DIY Essential Oil Mouthwash

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water, boiled and cooled
  • 1 tsp baking soda (highly recommend finding aluminium -free baking soda)
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Thieves essential oil blend

Directions:

Combine into a bottle with a cap, and shake before each use.

Non-DIY Oral Health Products

If you’re not into DIY, or you’re like me and just don’t have the time or energy to DIY everything, there are a few products I personally use and have had excellent results with.

  • Thieves Mouthwash
  • Thieves Whitening Toothpaste
  • Thieves Toothpaste

The mouthwash is a bit aggressive of a flavor for me, so I add in a drop of orange essential oil.

These products have helped my family overcome sensitive teeth and gums, especially when we added in oil pulling into our routine.

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Where to Buy High Quality Essential Oils

Don’t be fooled into purchasing substandard, fake, or counterfeit essential oils using clever marketing and loose labeling laws. Be sure you know about the 10 Dirty Little Secrets of the essential oil industry so you can make the best choice for your needs.

Warning: DO NOT purchase your oils through Amazon, eBay, Walmart or similar websites with 3rd party sellers! Many of those oils are counterfeit and causing health ailments, skin reactions, headaches, and a lot of misery. Most reputable essential oil brands do not allow their oils to be purchased there, so when you do find them (even if the seller appears to be legitimate), they’re often fake.

I highly encourage you to check out our How To Find Quality Essential Oils post for in-depth information about why quality matters, and what to look for.

If you’re ready to start your essential oil journey, this is our favorite place to purchase from because of their transparency and dedication to doing what is right for their customers, and not compromising on their integrity to provide industry-setting quality standards throughout all their products.


Nicole Graber, team leader, author, and editor to EssentialOils.Life and nikkygraber.com blog websites.

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