The colon or bowels? Nope, it’s in your mouth, the back of the tongue to be specific! The back of the tongue is literally teeming with pathogenic microorganisms.
“More bacteria per square inch live [on the back of the tongue] than on any other part of the body.” ~ Dr. John Richter founder of the Richter Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breath Disorders
The problem is that few people use a toothbrush to remove these bacteria as part of their dental hygiene regimen. And even if the tongue were to receive a thorough scrubbing, many bacteria would remain and quickly repopulate the mouth.
“The terms oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities. Oral health is integral to general health.”
~ the Surgeon General, 2000
A Link to Heart Disease
At the 2001 annual session of the American College of Cardiology, researchers were stunned by new research that showed that gingivitis is actually linked to heart disease.
“There is sufficient evidence to conclude that oral lesions, especially advanced periodontopathies, place certain patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke,”
~ Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania.
The same oral pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis, that causes gum disease also contributes to the inflammation along arteries and arterial damage that leads to heart and vascular disease.
Dental disease and mortality linked:
- A large study conducted in USA included 9,760 subjects
- Those with periodontitis had a 25 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease
- Men under age 50 had nearly twice the risk
Brushing my teeth 2-3 times a day is enough, right?
Not really. Brushing is not enough to eliminate bacterial, fungal, and viral presence in the mouth, these microorganisms typically hide between teeth and under the tongue.
Brushing mechanically removes between 30 to 60% the plaque and pathogens, it still leaves 40 to 70% of microorganisms.
What is the best product to use to reduce these bacteria further without exposing myself to chemicals that are unhealthy?
Therapeutic-grade essential oils are ideal for use in oral care products because they are both antiseptic and non-toxic-–a rare combination.
“The best chemical-free, essential oil, edible toothpaste and mouthwash I’ve ever found is from Young Living. Of the three available, my personal favorite is the Thieves Ultra Toothpaste and Thieves Mouthwash–both are extremely good, in fact they’re the best I’ve found. Low-abrasive, no cancer causing chemicals, no addition of fluoride (the truth about fluoride: warnings and myth), and super-effective at beating tartar and plaque. This pair saves me tons of money yearly in dental health expenses!” ~ Evelyn V.
Ingredients in Thieves Ultra Toothpaste: Calcium carbonate, essential oil concentrate containing peppermint essential oil, Thieves® essential oil blend (a powerful blend of clove†, cinammon bark†, lemon†, Eucalyptus radiata†, and rosemary†, zinc oxide, deionized water with papain, xylitol, vegetable glycerine, essential oil base (thymol from Thymus vulgaris), Eucalyptus globulus†, and methyl salycilate from wintergreen†, xanthum gum, zinc citrate, Lecithin, and stevioside [stevia].
Ingredients in Thieves Mouthwash: Water, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Water, Colloidal Silver, Mentha Piperita† (Peppermint) Oil, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Stevioside, Syzygium Aromaticum† Flower Bud Oil, Mentha Spicata† (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon† (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamomum Verum† Bark Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides† Root Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis† (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, and Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
Thieves Toothpastes were tested at Weber State University and found to have potent antimicrobial properties against a wide range of oral microbes, including:
- Streptococcus oralis
- Streptococcus pneumoniae
- Candida albicans
It’s easy to see, in the list of ingredients, how the Thieves Ultra Toothpaste and Mouthwash are effective and completely edible without the use of fluoride and other harmful ingredients.
Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils: Antiseptic and Antibacterial
Therapeutic-grade essential oils have proved to be even more effective as antiseptic mouthrinses than even FDA recognized plaque-control antiseptic drugs such as stannous fluoride.
A 1999 study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that an essential oil mouthrinse containing thymol, methyl salycilate (wintergreen), menthol (peppermint), and eucalyptol (Eucalyptus globulus) was far more effective than a stannous fluoride antiseptic.
Alcohol is not recommended to kill oral bacteria as it has been found to dramatically increase the incidence of oral cancer.
Jean Valnet, MD, used essential oils for decades in his clinical practice stating:
“Essential oils are especially valuable as antiseptics because their aggression toward microbial germs is matched by their total harmlessness toward tissue.”
Clinical Studies on Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils Effectiveness
A 1995 study by Nicole Didry at the College of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences in Lille, France, found that thyme oil at very small concentrations (<500 ppm) killed the pathogenic organisms responsible for the tooth decay, gingivitis, and bad breath.
The essential oils of thyme, clove and cinnamon possess significant inhibitory affects against 23 different genera of bacteria. ~ International Journal of Food Microbiology.
The Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists states:
“Essential oils, such as thymol, menthol and eucalyptol, have been used in mouth rinses for over 100 years [and] have been documented to be antibacterial in laboratory tests. With the association of microorganisms and plaque formation, and [their] suspected involvement with carious lesions (tooth decay) and gingivitis, the effect of essential oils takes on new interest.”
A 1999 study at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, using an observer-blind, randomized, cross-over design found that median plaque reductions generated by twice-daily essential oil mouth rinses were 23% greater than a placebo. The essential oils used were thyme, peppermint, wintergreen, and eucalyptus. – Riep et al., 1999
A six-month, double-blind controlled clinical study at the University of Maryland similarly found that the essential oils of thyme, peppermint, wintergreen, and eucalyptus dramatically improved oral hygiene, killing the bacteria that cause plaque, tooth decay, and gingivitis. 20 ml of mouthrinse used twice daily produced a 34% inhibition of both plaque and of gingivitis compared with a control.
“It is clear that oral antiseptic mouthwashes and dentifrice formulations have the potential to serve as adjuncts to mechanical methods of plaque control.” ~ Daniel Fine, DMD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
“In addition to causing cell lysis in organisms responsible for plaque, gingivitis, and oral malodour, studies have shown that essential oil mouthwashes have strong activity against the gram-positive microbes such as Streptococcus mutans, that cause dental caries.” ~ R. Seymour, School of Dental Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK
“The potential value of antibacterial agents in control of plaque and gingivitis is now well established. One mouthrinse product containing essential oil has also shown promise and has been the subject of numerous short and long-term studies. Based on the findings of these studies, the product has been accepted by the American Dental Association.” ~ J. Moran, University of Bristol Dental School, UK
“The study benchmarked the relative effectiveness of an antimicrobial mouthrinse showing it to be as effective as dental floss for the control of interproximal gingivitis.” ~ C. Charles, Pfizer
Fluoride is Not the Only Toxic Chemical in Dental Care Products
If fluoride itself isn’t bad enough here’s another chemical we find in all kinds of hygiene products, including in toothpaste and mouthwash. The only purpose it serves is to make a product foam when used. Sodium lauryl sulfate is found in everything from kids toothpastes, to soaps (liquid and bar), shampoo, cleaners, and more. It’s in practically everything, even in most all-natural and some organic products.
The FDA has recently warned shampoo manufacturers of unacceptable levels of dioxin in products containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
- Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia noted that SLS causes improper eye development in children. SLS also reacts with other ingredients to form cancer-causing nitrosamines
- SLS is used in testing labs as a standard to measure severe skin irritation
- Green K, et al. Preservative effects on the healing rate of rabbit corneal epithelium. Lens Eye Toxic Res. 1989;6(1-2):37-41.
Removing Tartar from Teeth Naturally
Most toothpastes use questionable chemicals such as pentasodium triphosphate and tetrasodium pyrophosphate to control tartar, a scale which builds up on teeth and irritates gums, leading to gingivitis, tooth loss, and periodontal disease.
Recent studies in the American Journal of Dentistry showed the tartar-reducing effects of zinc citrate.
A randomized, double-blind 6-month trial showed a zinccitrate containing toothpaste reduces tartar by 26%. – SL Santos et al. Anticalculus effect of two zinc citrate/essential oil-containing dentifrices. Am J Dent. 2000
† Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
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