Essential oils have been long used for oral health, and studies finally confirm that they have a lot to offer. They are effective, safe, and beneficial for both teeth and gums. By maintaining balance of the oral flora, essential oils work as reliable and even superior choice to antiseptic formulas.
According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of International Oral Health, entitled “Possible Use of Essential Oils in Dentistry”,
“Essential oil rinses are found to be equally effective in inhibiting plaque. A study carried out by Pizzo et al. on plaque inhibitory effect of amine fluoride/stannous fluoride and essential oils showed no significant difference in efficacy of both. As chlorhexidine causes staining of teeth on long term use, essential oils can be used as an alternative to chlorhexidine rinse. Essential oils have shown to possess antimicrobial activity against subgingival periopathogens too.”