Did you know that your oral health can impact the health of the rest of your body? In the last decade, scientists and researchers have discovered that any type of infection in the mouth, such as periodontal (gum) disease or dental abscesses, can affect many areas of the body (such as the heart) and influence our general health. According to Dr. David Steuer’s (DMD), Guide to a Clean and Healthy Mouth, essential oils can work wonders for your mouth and gums. These were 5 of his recommended oils:
1. Clove– known for its ability to cleanse teeth and gums
2. Tea Tree– used to keep the mouth clean, add a few drops to toothbrush to keep bristles clean
3. Myrrh– has powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat
4. DoTERRA On Guard– cleans teeth and gums, reduces plaque, and promotes a healthy–looking mouth
5. Peppermint– cleanses the mouth, freshens breath
The best part is, all of the oils listed have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as a host of other health benefits in addition to helping keep your mouth healthy. At BodyQuirks, we sell a wide variety of organic essential oils by Snow Lotus and doTERRA, including all of the oils listed above. We even host classes on how to apply and use oils for different purposes. Check out the links by clicking on each oil name for recipes (mouth rinses, etc) and more about their health boosting qualities!
Another tool that might be helpful for your mouth issue is PEMF. Our PEMF mat has been a hot item since adding it to our repertoire of healing devices at BodyQuirks because it’s so effective. Christian Thuile, MD, author of “Practice of Magnetic Field Therapy”, says that PEMF is “great for relieving pain, promoting circulation, relaxing masticatory (chewing) muscles, reducing swelling, strengthening the gingival and the suspension of the teeth, preventing degradation of the jawbone, more rapid closure of gingival pockets, and for rapid wound closure before and after a dental extraction. It’s also supportive in nonspecific tooth and jaw ache, chronic sinusitis, for treatment of focal infections and periodontitis.” With all that, and the reduction of inflammation throughout the entire body and overall speeding up of healing, you have nothing to lose. The rate of infection can be kept low when healing from any kind of dental surgery by using PEMF. It can also be used pre-surgery or before a dental procedure to reduce anxiety, resulting in less needed anesthetic.
Lastly, we recommend getting a Craniosacral Therapy session with Esther. Did you know that after oral surgery or dental work, Craniosacral Therapy can help speed up the healing process and bring down swelling? Craniosacral Therapy is a form of massage we offer that is incredibly gentle and safe for the body even right after dental work. It’s helpful for mouth pain, swelling, TMJ, related headaches, and even helping the body adjust to braces. Our office manager saw Esther after oral surgery and her swelling started to go down immediately. This type of body work is done without causing any pain or discomfort and safe for clients of all ages, even babies. There are several studies on the subject describing the symbiotic relationship between dentistry and Craniosacral Therapy.
If you know anyone suffering with any of the issues we’ve mentioned or you’re struggling with a mouth issue, call us (503) 233-9030! We offer a free first time demo of our PEMF mat and discounts on Snow Lotus essential oils, PEMF non-member 5 packs, magnesium products, and massage gift certificates through the holidays. We hope to see you soon!