Keep your Mouth Clean with Peppermint Oil

keep your mouth clean with peppermint oilThousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA

While the use of essential oils has been around for hundreds of years, they have recently become a popular method, among the Western culture, for treating ailments ranging from colds, aches, and pains, to calming nerves and relaxation. Did you know that peppermint oil is actually helpful in maintaining a healthy mouth?

First, let’s take a look at the background of peppermint oil. Distilling a hybrid of spearmint and water mint is how we get peppermint oil. Its application method includes aromatic, oral, or topical, which makes this oil extremely versatile. Ancient Chinese and Japanese, as well as the Greek, used it as folk medicine. There have even been traces of this essential oil found in the pyramids of ancient Egypt.

Its uses

Peppermint oil is ideal for helping treat muscle pain, relieving congestion or allergy symptoms, reducing bloat, curbing hunger, and can be used as a bug repellant or sunburn reliever, among other uses. As far as your oral health is concerned, peppermint oil can help soothe sore, tender gums for teething babies. Be sure to always consult a professional before applying essential oils to an infant or children. Peppermint oil should always be diluted before applying directly to the skin, including the mouth.

Peppermint oil also helps kill oral bacteria that can lead to an increased risk of cavities, and gum disease. Its antimicrobial properties can help you keep your oral health in check. Not to mention, it helps freshen bad breath. If you want to reap the oral health benefits of peppermint oil, search for toothpaste and mouth rinses with this essential oil as a key ingredient. 

To find out more about maintaining good oral health or to schedule an appointment, contact The Connection today by calling (805) 380-6169.

The Connection provides oral health care with a holistic approach for patients in the Agoura Hills and Westlake Village communities of southern California.

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