If you take care of your teeth and gums, you are more likely to have good oral health, which will help prevent certain diseases. Many adults have some form of periodontal disease caused by improper tooth and gum care. The good news is that, caught early, periodontal disease can be reversed by taking steps to eliminate bacteria and by keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Oregano oil is one treatment, and learning more will help you decide if it is right for you. Always ask your dentist or doctor before using oregano oil for any reason.
You have bacteria growing in your mouth at all times. Brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth help eliminate this bacteria so it does not degrade the health of your teeth and gums. If you do not take care of your mouth, the bacteria sticks around and begins to form plaque on the surface of your teeth. Plaque does not have a color, but is sticky enough that it may be degrading the health of your mouth without you even knowing it. Over time, plaque turns into tartar, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush and may contribute to periodontal disease as well.
There are some clues that may indicate that you have periodontal disease. If you have bad breath that does not go away with brushing, you may have the disease. Other symptoms include red and swollen gums, sore and bleeding gums, pain when chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth or receding gums. If you have any of these symptoms, seek the care of a dentist who can diagnose the problem and help you establish an effective course of treatment.
Oregano oil comes with antimicrobial properties, which means that it has the power to kill germs that cause illness, including periodontal disease. The oil may also wield more power than antibiotics alone against certain diseases. Paul Pitchford notes in his book, "Healing with Whole Foods," that oregano oil can be applied topically to your teeth and gums to help kill germs and prevent further damage from harmful bacteria.
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Apply a small amount of oregano oil to your finger and rub gently onto the surface of your gums. Use only a small amount of the oil to reduce your risk of adverse effects such as burning or rash. Rinse your finger well after applying the oregano oil. Apply as often as your dentist recommends. Do not use oregano oil if you are pregnant or breast-feeding because there is no documented evidence to show that it will not harm your unborn baby.
- Drugs.com: Oregano
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments; April 2010
- "Healing with Whole Foods"; Paul Pitchford; 2003
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.