A Primer on Tea Tree Oil Toothpastes and Mouthwashes
If you want to refresh your mouth and breath, you may want to try using tea tree oil toothpaste and tea tree oil mouthwashes.
Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic properties. So with this in mind, tea tree oil toothpaste could possibly make a great natural ingredient for helping keep your teeth clean and breath fresh.
Now we all know that maintaining proper oral hygiene is very important. Your mouth is an open source for germs, viruses, bacteria and fungi which can enter your lungs or stomach through your mouth…so keeping it clean is essential.
Not only can you reduce your risk for gum disease with good oral hygiene, scientists have confirmed that people with peridontitis have almost double the risk for heart disease.
Warning! Tea Tree Oil Toothpastes can Help Clean your Teeth, but they don’t Reduce Plaque!
So there are actually documented research studies showing that the ingredients in tea tree oil may actual help keep your gums and teeth healthy, but it doesn’t do all the work you may think it does….
A recent double-blind study in the June 2004 issue of Australian Dental Journal showed that brushing with a gel containing 2.5% tea tree oil reduced inflammation in patients with chronic gingivitis.
Another study looked at the effects of using a tea tree oil mouthwash. Researchers found tea tree oil decreased bacteria for about 1/2 hour, which was similar to the effects of chlorhexidine, a popular medication used in mouth washes.
It should be noted that researchers in this study found no decrease in plaque. So tea tree oil may be used to reduce inflammation and bacteria in the mouth, but you’ll need other ingredients in your toothpaste to help reduce plaque.
So what do you do if you want to reduce kill germs and stop plaque with a tea tree oil toothpaste? I’d recommend using a toothpaste that comes with baking soda added in so you get some abrasive action to help reduce plaque build-up.
The important thing to remember when using tea tree oil toothpaste or mouthwash is do not swallow the oil or liquid. After using the product in your mouth, spit out in the sink and rinse out.
Dentists already advise that you shouldn’t swallow toothpaste, so the same rule should apply when using toothpastes or mouthwashes that contain tea tree oil.
While there are a few tea tree oil side effects to be aware of, you can safely use this healthy oil to optimize your oral health.
Tea tree oil mouthwashes aren’t as popular as the toothpaste, but you can probably find them at your local health food store.
I have found some toothpastes containing tea tree oil at my local Walmart and some online stores, such as Amazon.com, have a wide variety of tea tree oil toothpastes to choose from.