Our mouth is part of our digestive system, and home to its own microbiota. Scientists have found that some microorganisms that are part of the oral microbiota appear to be linked to rheumatoid arthritis and other serious diseases.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide has long warned of the connection between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, and that pregnant women with gum disease have increased risk of delivering pre-term, low birth weight babies. Excessive inflammation appears to be a strong factor of gingivitis causing not only loose teeth, but also allowing oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause disease in other parts of the body.
Melaleuca Oil (aka Tea Tree Oil)
Studies show that tea tree oil is able to eliminate many kinds of oral bacteria. Indeed, using a mouthwash with tea tree oil and xylitol was also found very effective in preventing cavities, plaque, and oral inflammation.
Whitening Tooth Polish and Breath-Away Mouth Rinse
Melaleuca's dental care line uses pure, gentle, yet powerful T40-C3 Melaleuca Oil and myrrh, a natural plant resin known to fight odor-causing bacteria. Xylitol is also found in all of Melaleuca's dental care products. It helps prevent cavities and, with regular use, reduces the amount and stickiness of plaque, making plaque easier to remove when brushing teeth.
First Aid Oral Care Treatments
The just published book Practical Guide to Essential Oils tells us that clove essential oil can be used to temporarily treat toothache. If used it should be carefully applied, just a diluted drop on a cotton swab until you can get to the dentist. According to a New York Times article, clove oil can cause burning and damage to lips and mouth. Taken in excess it is toxic. Do not use clove oil for teething babies.
Practical advice on the use of Melaleuca oil can be found in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide. Melaleuca oil is very soothing to inflamed gum tissue. It does not have the best taste, but if gum disease is severe, use a cotton swab or your finger to apply a tiny amount of T36-C5 directly to the affected region of the gums.
An Added Note
The connection between oral health and overall health is so strong that many patients are routinely given an antibiotic before dental procedures. The American Heart Association has recently updated their recommendations with respect to preventative antibiotic treatment. This link explains the current preventative antibiotic treatment recommendations and why preventative antibiotics may be given to patients, and why some patients may no longer need pretreatment antibiotics.
Taking antibiotics will often upset our microbiome and cause diarrhea. Probiotics help restore and maintain a healthy balance of microorganisms in our digestive tract. Florify contains 10 billion colony units from 4 different Lactobacillus strains and 3 different Bifidobacterium strains.
~ Richard M Barry
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Oral Care and Melaleuca Oil Reviews
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
I had a terrible toothache on a Saturday. Of course it was after my dentist office closed for the day. I didn't want to go the whole weekend in pain, so I got my tea tree oil and applied some around the gums of that tooth and the one before it. Within minutes I felt relief! I continued to use it throughout the weekend and had no discomfort at all. What a savior the tea tree oil was!
This is probably too simple but I sometimes get sores inside my lips, like cold sores. Only sometimes they come from eating food with too much acid, like white grapefruit. Anyway, all I do a couple times a day for a few days is dab Melaleuca oil on tip of my finger and rub it into the sore area real good. I find rubbing it in not only promotes faster healing but keeps the taste away. Hmmm. Maybe the oil should be available in chocolate?
I would like to share my experience with oral care using Melaleuca products. I am and have been a tea drinker for a long time. I drink a lot of tea, at least a couple of cups a day. I had tea stains on my teeth, and my dentists used to bring it up to me every time I went to see them. When I became a Melaleuca customer in 2013 I started using the tooth polish. With my first visit back to the dentist after beginning this, the difference was noticeable. My dentist asked me what kind of toothpaste I had switched to, or did I just stop drinking tea all together? I told her what I had been using and she had heard of Melaleuca. She said it was the best stuff she has ever seen, and she would recommend it to her patients. She looked at the ingredients on the tube the next time I brought it with me and told me that it definitely was top-quality. I can now continue drinking my tea every day without the worries of my teeth being stained. I love these products!
We use Melaleuca's Tooth Polish and Mouth Rinse regularly and receive excellent dental checkups! In addition, my husband had a case of shingles on his face recently, and it affected his teeth. He used the Melaleuca oil on the shingles itself, as well as gargled with the mouth rinse, and this significantly eased some of the pain he had. The Melaleuca oil has also helped reduce and extinguish any cold sores around his lips as well. At the first sign of a cold sore he immediately uses the Melaleuca oil, and he may never even see a further sign of it! Love the oral products and Melaleuca oil!
I went to get the 6 month dental cleaning. After measuring pockets and looking at my teeth and gums she asked, "Where did you go in between your 6 month cleaning?" I replied, "Nowhere." She then said I was "cheating" on her. I confessed my absolute loyalty and convinced her it was the Melaleuca Tooth Polish.
Just before going to Costa Rica for two months, I noticed a tender spot at the base of tooth in my mouth. I just assumed that a tortilla chip had injured my gum - something that happens when your mouth isn't used to the crunch. Two weeks later, and thousands of miles from home, it was still tender and started to bleed a bit with brushing. My only reasonable option was to dab Melaleuca Oil on it, hoping to help heal it. I did that morning and night. It was still easy to bleed a little after a month, so then my mission became to prevent infection until I could get home to my dentist. Costa Rica was immediately followed by four weeks in California due to the birth of a grandchild, so it was three months before I got in that dentist chair. The bleeding had stopped but it was still a bit tender. X-rays and poking around found nothing! They were able to make it bleed a bit with the poking, but told me to keep up what I was doing and massage that area. I am sure the story would have been different had I not used the oil on it for all those weeks. It recently (two years later) flared up a bit with an ache, but no bleeding, in the midst of an across state move. Before I could settle in and call a dentist, it was totally gone after a few weeks of using the oil twice a day. Not a substitute for a dental check up - but an important part of prevention, I think.