There are quite a few essential oils that have healing properties. Some are great to have around you for their scents, while others only work when they get massaged into the problem areas. Many of the ones below can be swished around your mouth to help reduce the inflammation that often accompanies gum disease. If your gums are puffy or sore, you may want to consider rinsing your mouth or massaging one of these oils into your gums. They may work wonders at taking down the swelling.
Which Oils Work Best?
If you want an oil that you can swish around your mouth to rid your mouth of excess bacteria, then you should try either olive oil or coconut oil. They should be swished for 15-20 minutes, then spit into the garbage. This inhibits bacterial growth, and can help heal your gums at the same time.
For essential oils, you want to either take a drop or two and massage them into the gums directly, or you want to add a drop or two into a mouthwash to rinse your mouth out daily. You should stick with oils that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, including tea tree oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, and neem oil.
These oils can significantly take down the swelling of your gums, when used regularly and coupled with a solid oral hygiene routine. For more information, talk with both your dentist and your periodontist. These should not be used in lieu of periodontal care. Rather, they should be used as an accompaniment to getting your gums professionally healthy. Take advantage of the benefits that oil can provide your gums when they are inflamed, and help to rebuild your gums to a healthier state. It only takes a few minutes a day and can make a world of difference in very little time. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (832) 975-0990.