The Power of Peppermint Oil for the Gums
Peppermint has been in use for centuries as a powerful health aide. Even today, many people grab for peppermint candy, gum, or sprays to freshen their breath before entering a social situation. What many do not realize is that peppermint, in its natural form, can actually be a potential complementary adjunct in the fight against gum disease. While peppermint will not solve anyone’s oral health issues, natural peppermint oil has been shown to be very effective at keeping the teeth and gum line clean from bacteria.
Again, peppermint is not an end-all and be-all for gum disease prevention. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are necessary for maintaining the integrity of the gums. Here are some of the ways peppermint oil and gum disease are linked:
- Antibacterial. The fight against gum disease is really the fight against bacteria, as bacteria thrive in an unhealthy mouth and increase inflammatory conditions along the gum line. Peppermint oil has natural antibacterial compounds that may be helpful for reducing the number of bacteria in the gums. Patients should always use any type of oil or natural approach in combination with the advice of their dentist.
- Anti-inflammatory. Most natural plants and essential oils contain anti-inflammatory properties. Mint is no different. Peppermint oil is highly anti-inflammatory and may reduce inflammatory conditions in the mouth and in the rest of the body. Often, peppermint oil is diluted and rubbed against inflamed areas to reduce this pain and swelling. Again, always do this with professional guidance.
- Antioxidant. Peppermint contains antioxidant compounds that may protect the gums from bacteria, inflammation, and other factors that attack the gums. Drinking peppermint tea or using peppermint oil with the advice of a professional physician may be helpful for providing the body antioxidants essential for protecting against gum disease.
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