Dr. Hull's Tooth and Gum
Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi), Clove (Eugenia scayophyllata), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamon zeylanicum), Birch (Betula lenta), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
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Children? Not suitable due to Birch and Clove.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? No suitable due to Birch, Myrrh and Cinnamon Bark.
It is common to use Birch daily in a mouthwash, and very small amounts may be ingested. As always, toxicity is in relation to dose (Tisserand).
Medication/Health Condition? Contraindicated All Routes (unless specified): Acetaminophen (oral), Antibiotics in significant amounts, Anticoagulant, Diabetes, Diuretic medication, Diet drug (Ephedrine), High Blood Pressure (oral), Childbirth, Epilepsy (limit 6 drops/day orally), Liver and Kidney disease, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia
Dr. Hull's Tooth and Gum essential oil blend may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Herpes (see testimony #2)
TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Dr. Hull recommends adding 40-60 drops to 4 oz. Plague Defense Tooth Suds and brush 2-3 times daily for maintenance or troublesome gums.
[HEO's COMMENT: The safe dilution ratio of this blend would limit the drops to 10. We've not received any report of harm from anyone using the blend at Dr. Hull's recommendation.]
1. I mix Oral Hygiene blend with Dr. Hull's Tooth and Gums and I put it on my floss. I keep adding a bit to the floss with every other tooth. Wow what a difference. I have absolutely NO bleeding of gums. My sensitive teeth are not that way anymore, and I don't feel any pain. I was having a horrible toothache and had a cavity filled along with crown. My dentist said he may have to do a root canal because of pain I was in, but after 3 weeks of putting those two blends on my floss, dabbing on my gums and finishing off with a bit on my toothbrush, the pain went away and when he examined my tooth, he said to hold off on root canal. My teeth and gums feel so great! I have no pain as long as I keep doing this. I also brush with Tooth Suds and use Hopewell mouthwash. But those two blends of EO are amazing! I just put the blend on the floss and go at it. Huge difference! But of course I pray as I am doing this in Jesus name I am healed.... so I have to give credit to Him for healing and directing me to Hopewell. - Lori
2. I have to let you know that the Tooth and Gum is wonderful and I have a new use for it. Three to 4 times a year I get herpes on by butt cheeks and nothing has worked - ever. I have to use rubbing alcohol, scratch and break the skin and endure discomfort and awful itching. This time at the first sign of it I applied Tooth and Gum directly on it with my finger 2 times a day. It was a miracle! The herpes was completely gone in 2 days without any itching or discomfort - Amazing and fantastic. I am thrilled. - Deborah
3. I have a tooth that has a dental overlay, and the gum had been turning grey exposing the root of the tooth, and the tooth is loose. I started using a drop of Dr Hull's tooth and gum blend on it every morning and night. In 3 days, the grey gum is now pink and the tooth is no longer as loose. There has not been one oil I have tried that has not produced such excellent results. I'm so AMAZED by HEO. I am telling everyone I know how great these oils are. I feel so blessed! Love HEO! - Mary
4. I was unaware that I have been a nighttime "teeth clencher" for years, which has resulted in cracked tooth roots, repeated broken crowns and ultimately jaw misalignment. Wearing custom night guards for 5-6 years has slowed down the continued dental damage, however it progressed into TMD. I woke up a couple months ago with my jaw so 'clenched' that the pain would not ease except with continual ibuprofen/NSAIDS. (Sinuses/Teeth were evaluated/x-rayed by Dr., DDS, and my endodontist showing no reason for pain). Once during that time I had swelling/facial droop which took 3 days to resolve. I have been told repeatedly by all MDs that it's time to see a TMD specialist. Having had amazing success with another concern with Hopewell Essential Oils, I chose to try Dr. Hull's Tooth and Gum. I applied it undiluted to the back teeth area inside my mouth and applied Strength to the jaw joint area outside 3-4 times/day initially. Literally within 2-3 days I was off ibuprofen/naproxen, could sleep through the night and easily open/close my jaw in proper alignment without pain. I decreased application to 2-3x/day, eventually now to 2x/day. This is a miracle after 2 months of unending pain! Dr. Hull's Tooth and Gum and Strength have literally given back my life without jaw pain! - Karen
5. I had a horrible toothache while I was away from home and did the drug store brands of toothache relief. Well, there was no relief. I ordered some of the Tooth and Gum Blend just in case it happened again. Well, boy oh boy, am I glad I did. This stuff works! I use it by dipping a Q-tip in olive oil and putting a drop or two of the Tooth and Gum on the Q-tip and apply it on my sore tooth. The pain is gone. I have been able to keep the pain at bay until I am able to get to the dentist to get my cracked tooth fixed. Thank you so much! I love your oils! - Kathy
Birch During Pregnancy: Robert Tisserand wrote: It should absolutely never be taken during pregnancy. Like all salicylates, it causes fetal malformations. Even externally, it can cause problems.
Birch and Children: Taking 4-10mL by mouth can be deadly. Tisserand writes: Birch and Wintergreen should not be used on or given to children in any amount due to the risk of developing Reye's Syndrome.
Birch Undiluted Caution: use may cause skin irritations.
Birch Oral Caution: Tisserand notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 182mg, which would be less than 0.2mL. Large amounts taken orally can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain and confusion.
Birch Anticoagulant Medication, Childbirth, Epilepsy, Peptic Ulcer, Major Surgery: Methyl salicylate (the key constituent of Sweet Birch and Wintergreen) inhibits platelet aggregation and exacerbates blood thinning.
Robert Tisserand, aromatherapist and author of Essential Oil Safety, wrote about Wintergreen, but we include this information here because Birch is almost identical, chemically speaking, to Wintergreen: "In Europe, the ADI (‘acceptable daily intake’) for methyl salicylate is 0.5 mg/kg/day, which equates to about 1 drop of Wintergreen oil per adult per day. ADIs are primarily intended to cover the food industry. This regulation does not apply outside of Europe."
"There is no difference between Wintergreen oil toxicity and methyl salicylate toxicity. Methyl salicylate is one of the ingredients in Listerine, so many people use it daily in a mouthwash, and very small amounts may be ingested. As always, toxicity is in relation to dose. I would suggest that Wintergreen oil is not one that should be taken orally as a medicine, unless under the supervision of a doctor or herbalist. There have been many fatalities from (accidental) overdose, and there are a number of toxicity issues – it’s fetotoxic, there are several reasons why it could be problematic in children, it’s extremely blood-thinning, and should be avoided by people with GERD. So it’s not just a question of how much is toxic – it’s also about individual sensitivity. It should absolutely never be taken during pregnancy. Like all salicylates, it causes fetal malformations. Even externally, it can cause problems."
Birch Dermal Use: Maximum level 2.5%
"Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%. No one has died from dermal [topical] application, but there have been at least three reported cases of people taking blood-thinning medication who broke out in internal bruising when they applied methyl salicylate-containing products to their skin. It enhances the blood thinning action of the drug, and blood leaks out of the blood vessels."
"Methyl salicylate is good for some people, not for others. A blanket contraindication is not necessary, but it is best avoided in pregnancy – all salicylates are teratogenic in sufficient amount, including methyl salicylate and aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid). Methyl salicylate must be absolutely avoided by anyone taking blood-thinning drugs, as it increases the action of the drug, and this causes blood to leak into tissues and internal bruising occurs. Knowing a lethal dose tells you very little about what (1) a therapeutic dose would be or (2) a safe dose would be, but it does tell you what dose not to use! Therapeutic dose is good to know of course, and this varies between essential oil and also between purpose. Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%."
Cinnamon Bark Children: Not for children orally six years old or under, and use with caution and in greater dilution for children older than six (Tisserand/Young p. 652-3).
"Do not expose children of five years or less to strong essential oil vapors" (page 651).
Cinnamon Bark Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Cinnamon Bark is contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding because when it was fed to pregnant mice for two weeks it significantly reduced the number of nuclei and altered the distribution of embryos according to nucleus number (Tisserand/Young p. 249).
Cinnamon Bark Oral Use Caution: Hemophilia or severe kidney or liver disease. Tisserand/Young (p. 248) wrote that the maximum adult daily oral dose should not exceed .22mL (about 6 drops).
Cinnamon Bark Drug interaction: May inhibit blood clotting. Oral use cautions: diabetes medication, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
Clove Drug interaction Caution (oral): anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders (Tisserand/Young p. 255).
Tisserand notes that "since eugenol significantly inhibits human MAO-A (Tao et al 2005), oral doses of eugenol-rich essential oils may interact with pethidine, indirect sympathomimetics, MAOIs or SSRIs."
Clove Dermal Caution: Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age. Maximum dermal level: 0.5% (based on 96.9% eugenol content), which is 1 drop in 7 mLs of carrier (Tisserand/Young).
Repeated use of Clove can result in contact sensitization. Skin test for sensitivity.
From Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand, page 254-256:
"There are three reports of non-fatal oral poisoning from clove oil, all in children. In 1991 a 7-month-old child was given one teaspoon of clove oil. Supportive care and gastric lavage were sufficient for total recovery following the resultant severe acidosis, CNS depression and urinary abnormalities (the presence of ketones in the urine). The second case involves a near fatal poisoning of the acetaminophen (paracetamol) type after ingestion of 5-10 ml of clove oil by a 2-year-old boy. Acidosis, deteriorating liver function, deep coma, generalized seizure and unrecordably low blood glucose were all noted. Heparin (an anticoagulant) was given due to the possible development of disseminated intravascular coagulation. The child was fully conscious by day six and eventually made a full recovery. In the final case, a 15-month-old boy developed fulminant hepatic failure after ingesting 10ml clove oil. . . . a 32-year-old woman, who self-injected an unknown quantity of clove oil intravenously, experienced acute respiratory distress due to pulmonary edema which had developed over one hour."
Myrrh Caution: Tisserand/Young notes that Myrrh is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation, although Myrrh is not on the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy list to avoid (2014).
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014.