Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Birch (Betula lenta), Spearmint (Mentha spicata) essential oils
Children? Not suitable (Birch)
Pregnancy/Lactation? Not suitable (Birch)
3-in-1 Tooth Oil, Mouthwash, Breath Freshener
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage) for more information and a dilution chart.)
*See SAFETY information at the bottom of this page.
- Dilute as desired - see dilution chart for helpful guidelines. We suggest purchasing an extra dropper bottle to mix up your dilution.
- Brush morning and evening using a drop (diluted) on a toothbrush. This will tingle, so avoid the lips. Do not swallow.
- Floss every evening before brushing - more frequently if needed.
- Use as a mouthwash morning and evening. Put a couple drops in about an ounce of water, swish focusing on forcing the water between the teeth. Gargle and then spit out.
- Use as a mouth freshener during the day by putting a drop on the tongue. Use your tonuge to 'apply' the oil to the gumline of the teeth. We like to dilute into a 2ml sample-size bottle (pocket size) for convenience.
Appropriately diluted, this has proved safe for braces, veneers, bonds, crowns, fillings and dentures.
Research: Antibacterial Effects of Essential Oils on Oral Pathogens
Birch: Dermal, Inhalation and Internal Contraindications: Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, pregnancy, nursing, children and people with salicylate sensitivity, which may apply to people with ADD/ADHD (Tisserand/Young page 215).
Birch Internal Caution: Large doses of Birch can be toxic. 5mls of Birch is equal to approximately 21 aspirin (300 mg tablets). Large amounts taken orally can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain and confusion. Tisserand notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 182mg, which would be less than .2mL. Oral Caution: GERD disease.
Tisserand writes about Wintergreen, which has the same properties as Birch:
"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."
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. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. 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’ve not known this to cause 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.