I’ve recently needed a few visits to the dentist to help with a crown that’s come loose, and it’s reminded me how grateful I am for Young Living’s dental range of products.
Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, was a big advocate for low-tox living. His motto was “If you can’t eat it, don’t wear it”. He knew that our exposure to harmful chemicals in our food, air, water and personal care products is one of the significant factors that undermines our health and happiness over time.
Even the small amounts of harsh chemicals that make their way into most commercial toothpastes, dental floss and mouthwash are enough to create disruption in our health and hormones due to long term, regular exposure.
So if you love your life and want great health, going low-tox is a no-brainer.
But it’s not easy to find clean and green dental products that are still highly effective. Many products that promote themselves as being “organic” or healthy still contain these potentially toxic ingredients.
So let me introduce you to Young Living’s dental range…and three special essential oils that can make your trip to the dentist one of the highlights of your day, instead of something to “grin and bear”.
Why your mouth needs some extra TLC….
Did you know that your mouth comes into contact with more germs and bacteria than your rectum – not to mention all the undigested food that gets trapped between teeth and under the gums if you’re not flossing regularly?
In fact, Scientists at Harvard School of Dental Medicine found 615 different types of bacteria that can live in the mouth, officially making your mouth the dirtiest place on your body!
But ask yourself – how much care are you taking of your mouth? Apart from some auto-pilot brushing of your teeth each day, are you really doing as much as you can for this essential part of your body?
And let’s take this one step further. I’ve always been taught that if we want to stay healthy in today’s world, we want to do all we can to reduce the levels of acidity and inflammation in our body. But we don’t just need to do this in our overall body….we also need to do this specifically in our mouth!!! After all – our mouth and respiratory tract are one of the key gateways to the rest of our body, right?
So isn’t it time you brought some extra TLC to your mouth, gums and teeth?
I want to share with you 6 simple steps you can do to keep your mouth and gums in peak health, and to ensure that inflammation doesn’t win the game….AND that your trips to the dentist become a happy experience, not a traumatic one.
3 of these tips involve products from our Thieves Dental Range. It’s a funny name, isn’t it. Thieves!!!!! That’s because it’s based on a powerful and potent essential oil blend from Young Living called “Thieves”. This oil blend was inspired by remarkable stories of four thieves during medieval times, and the “four thieves vinegar” they created. Google “four thieves vinegar” to find out more.
Thieves Essential Oil combines Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary essential oils.
It’s one of those “must have” oils during the winter months, to protect and fortify our body. I love putting just a few drops under each foot, or 5 to 15 drops in my diffuser, to keep me healthy and vibrant.
It’s proven sooooooo effective that Young Living has made it the basis for their Dental range. So isn’t it time you made the switch?
#1 – A Healthy Switch To Thieves Whitening Toothpaste
Although Young Living has a few different toothpastes we can choose from (including one for children), my absolute favourite is Thieves Whitening Toothpaste – it naturally polishes and whitens teeth, and it tastes delicious thanks to the Orange oil in it.
Scroll down to watch a video by the late Dr. Mike Buch, where he explains why this toothpaste is so effective at polishing and whitening our teeth, yet so gentle on our teeth at the same time.
The Thieves Whitening Toothpaste is hands down a winner for me! My teeth are brighter and feel incredibly clean and polished. And it ticks all the boxes for me by using ethically sourced, all-natural ingredients.
Its ingredients are: calcium carbonate, Bicarb of Soda, coconut oil, lecithin, xanthan gum, glycerin, xylitol and stevia, plus the therapeutic-grade essential oils of Peppermint, Spearmint, Ocotea and Thieves.
This is definitely a product to put on your next Young Living order. Enjoy!
Here’s what our customers have to say….
Maria C. writes:
After using the Thieves Whitening Toothpaste for the very first time, I noticed black tea stains on my teeth were reduced by at least 50%!!! I was blown away! And it tastes great too.
Karen S. writes:
I love how the Thieves Whitening Toothpaste foams in my mouth. It makes my whole mouth feel super fresh and my teeth feel like they have just had a clean and polish at the dentist. The whitening aspect is amazing too, and I noticed a difference after the first brush! I can’t recommend this product enough.
Eva-Lotta B. writes:
I love the flavour of Thieves Whitening Toothpaste and the results, and even better is that both the kids absolutely love, love LOVE it too!!! Here I thought I was buying it just for myself.
Robyn B. writes:
The Thieves Whitening Toothpaste foams up really nicely, and my family love it. We have found the tube lasts a long time, because you only need a tiny amount and it leaves your mouth feeling super fresh and clean. Definitely our favourite!
Jenni C. writes:
I use the Thieves Whitening Toothpaste without water for its polishing action, and my yellowed teeth from a lifetime of “interesting” food are much whiter these days. I’m a happy lassy!
Brigid N. writes:
I’ve been using the Thieves Whitening Toothpaste for 2 months now, and I absolutely love it. I had to be careful with allergies and how ordinary toothpaste would peel the skin off in my mouth. The Thieves Whitening Toothpaste doesn’t do that. The paste leaves a fresh taste in my mouth without that horrible chemical taste. And my teeth stay noticeably cleaner for most of the day. They definitely have a brighter, shinier look and feel to them!
Beady K. writes:
The teensiest bit goes a really long way. I’m also amazed that it really whitens my teeth!
Rachelle B. writes:
I have just started on the Thieves Whitening Toothpaste in the past two months and friends have commented that they notice a ‘shine’ (without me saying a thing). I absolutely LOVE this toothpaste!!!
Alison S. writes:
I am loving the new Thieves Whitening Toothpaste!!! Not only do my teeth feel amazing, they’re so clean and white. I have extremely sensitive teeth, and it’s the best natural toothpaste I’ve ever used. It whitens my teeth without making them sensitive.
And for Kids, we have the KidScents Slique Toothpaste
I began my low-tox and healthy lifestyle when I was in my early 20’s. But I wish I had known about it as a child. It warms my heart to see parents raising their children on healthy, natural products and essential oils, teaching them how to care for their body from such a young age. I know we can say “better late than never”….but what a gift to start early!
Since our little people are much more sensitive in their taste buds, they love having their own specially-formulated toothpaste that tastes scrumptious. It’s still got Thieves essential oil blend in it for all its fortification benefits, but just in lower concentrations so it’s more suited to a child’s palate. That’s balanced with yummy oils like Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint and Ocotea.
This safe yet effective toothpaste is based on coconut oil, baking soda and calcium carbonate, and sweetened with natural stevia and xylitol. It promotes healthy teeth without the use of fluoride, dyes, synthetic colours, artificial flavours, or preservatives.
#2 – Regular Flossing with Thieves Dental Floss
OK, this makes perfect sense… Trapped food particles in our gums attract bacteria, which in turn leads to inflammation of the gums. So we want to floss – just about any dentist would agree with us on this.
But did you know that most commercial dental floss contains petroleum-based dyes, artificial sweeteners, and is coated with Teflon (so it slides between your teeth better)?
Young Living’s dental floss uses bees wax and soy wax, and it’s soaked in Thieves essential oil…so it’s a truly healthy flossing experience.
#3 – Gargle twice a day with Thieves Mouthwash
Here’s another step to oral hygiene which is extremely important in our modern times, and that’s the regular use of a natural, fortified mouthwash.
The Dangers of Alcohol-Based Mouthwash
According to Wikipedia¹, when Listerine was first created in 1879, it was marketed as a floor cleaner, a surgical antiseptic, and a cure for gonorrhea. Yikes!!! Then in the 1920’s, Listerine began promoting their mouthwash as a cure for bad breath, and in less than 10 years their sales increased almost 8000%.
Today, we have a huge range of commercial mouthwashes to choose from. But the problem with many of these commercial antibacterial mouthwashes is that they are indiscriminate. The alcohol in them kills the good bacteria in our mouth along with the bad, and this in turn weakens our mouth’s natural immune system and paves the way for an invasion of bad bacteria.
The alcohol also erodes the protective mucous and saliva, allowing plaque to build up more easily, which in turn creates bad breath. It’s a vicious cycle.
Fortunately, the world is waking up. In a study² published in the Australian Dental Journal, scientists conclude that, “there is now sufficient evidence to accept the proposition that alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer and further feel that it is inadvisable for oral healthcare professionals to recommend the long-term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes.” Wow!
Other Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Mouthwash
But alcohol isn’t the only culprit. Commercial mouthwashes also often contain:
- Acidic stabilizing agents, which weaken tooth enamel and make them more susceptible to decay.
- Artificial food dyes
For example, Green 3 has been linked to bladder cancer, Blue 1 has been connected to cancer in some animal tests, and Yellow 5 is a coal tar derivative. Yuk!
- Peroxide – an alternative to bleach
- Fluoride – you’ll find heaps of info online about this, and the growing concerns about the use of fluoride in our water, and its effect on fertility, thyroid, brain health, the nervous system and much more.
- Cetylpyridinium chloride – which is shown in animal studies to be moderately toxic when used orally, and highly toxic when inhaled.
- Chlorohexidine – which can in rare cases trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Thieves Mouthwash – a truly Healthy Alternative
As with all of their products, Young Living has used a combination of powerful natural ingredients and therapeutic-grade essential oils to create their Thieves “Fresh Essence Plus” Mouthwash.
It contains NO alcohol, artificial flavours, synthetic dyes or sweeteners. Instead, it’s sweetened with stevia, a natural plant extract.
Its first 3 listed ingredients are water, colloidal silver, and Peppermint oil, but it also contains Spearmint and Vetiver Oil, in addition to the Thieves oil blend.
Colloidal Silver is based on an ancient recipe, and it’s exactly what we need to be using every day in our modern world! If you don’t know what it does, make sure you google it.
Thieves Mouthwash is potent and tastes great. Simply take a capful into your mouth, and rinse and gargle for 30 to 60 seconds. It packs quite a punch! If you find it too strong, simply dilute 50/50 with water. Voila!
Here’s what our customers have to say….
Jenni C. writes:
My hubby has been using the Thieves Mouthwash and Thieves Whitening Toothpaste for the last year. His dental hygienist told him the other day that for the first time in years she didn’t need to jimmy away the plaque and gave his teeth and gums a clean bill of health! Of course I told the dentist the great news.
Sandra V. writes:
I always keep Thieves Mouthwash on hand, and at the slightest sign of over-dryness I am there gargling for 5 minutes and holding it in my mouth. My tongue can barely survive in there – it’s pretty intense, however it seems to work like oil pulling and drags all the extra bits and whatever hanging around in the mouth, nasal and back of throat area. I feel fresh and have the best sleep knowing my body is resting itself and not fighting any unwanted visitors.
And it’s not only fabulous for humans! Fiona M. writes:
Two years ago, “Elmo” was getting tartar build-up on his teeth, and the Vet suggested having his teeth cleaned. Instead, I started applying Young Living’s Thieves Mouthwash inside his mouth using a finger puppet. His treat is a little piece of cheese at the end. At first I heavily diluted the mouthwash with water, and slowly built it up to equal parts mouthwash and water. It made a big difference in a matter of weeks. At Elmo’s recent Vet check, they said his teeth look great! Now I just say “Teeth cleaning!” and he runs to the bathroom.
#4 – Oil Pulling & coconut oil (flavoured with essential oil)
Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique for overall body health, where each morning upon waking, a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil is swished in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes, then spat out (not down the sink!). It takes a little bit of getting used to, so you can always start with a smaller amount of oil, for a shorter period of time, and build up from there. I personally do this with coconut oil, because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
The oil helps to pull toxins and other pathogens from the mouth and nearby tissues, and these bind to the oil and are eliminated from the body when the oil is spat out.
But it does more than that! Coconut oil contains mostly medium-chain fatty acids, of which 45-50% is lauric acid, which has proven anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects3. And scientific studies have shown that oil pulling using coconut oil could be an effective adjuvant procedure in decreasing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis4.
Certified Thanyapura nutritionist Marcela Soto Prats5 explains that, “Bacteria and germs in our mouth are continuously producing toxins that can cause inflammation and infection if not controlled…..[Oil pulling] is an effective way to kill all these harmful germs and bacteria in your mouth. In this way, it aids the detox process and prevents toxins from entering your body…..It reduces the risk of more toxins and inflammation in your body, especially in your digestive tract.”
Essential oils can be added to the coconut or sesame oil, to create a burst of flavour.
I always add 3 drops of Oregano oil into my coconut oil when I’m oil pulling.
Regulations on using essential oils as flavouring agents vary region to region, so if you live in the UK/Europe, you’d use Young Living’s Oregano Plus Oil (which is the UK/EU culinary range), and in the US you’d use Oregano Vitality oil (which is the US culinary range).
#5 – Diffusing Orange and Lavender oil in a dental clinic
So even with sparkling teeth and healthy gums, a trip to the dentist can still spark that twinge of anxiousness in some people. Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of thinking of a trip to the dentist as something that’s an unfortunate necessity, we instead viewed it as a peaceful and relaxing experience?
Well, it’s truly possible, thanks to the use of essential oils and diffusers in many healthy-conscious dental clinics. But what oils should be used?
Personally I’d use a combination of Young Living’s therapeutic-grade Orange and Lavender essential oils.
Did you know that Orange oil has traditionally been used in aromatherapy to reduce the frequency and symptoms of mild anxiety!*?
This following study6 was done on dental patients. When either Orange or Lavender oil was diffused in the waiting room, their anxiousness reduced, and their moods improved.
The goal of this study was to investigate the impact on dental patients of the essential oils of Orange and Lavender on anxiousness (as a result of an impending dental appointment), as well as on mood, alertness and calmness.
Two hundred patients between the ages of 18 and 77 years (half women, half men) were assigned to one of four independent groups. While waiting for their dental procedure, patients were exposed to either Orange or Lavender oil, or to music, and tests were conducted. There was also a control group that had no music and no aroma.
Statistical analyses revealed that compared to the control condition, both Orange and Lavender oil reduced anxiousness and improved mood in patients waiting for dental treatment.
The scientists concluded that, “These findings support the previous opinion that odours are capable of altering emotional states and may indicate that the use of odours is helpful in reducing anxiousness in dental patients.”
So if you’re visiting the dentist, take your Orange and Lavender oils with you to inhale. But if you work in a dental clinic, why not diffuse essential oils for all the many benefits they bring? As for which diffuser to use….Young Living have so many to choose from. My personal favourites are the Lantern Diffuser, the Lucia Diffuser and the Aria Diffuser….but if your dental clinic caters to children, then why not use the Feather the Owl Diffuser (pictured on the left below) for a truly “WOW” experience for kids.
*This claim is specific to the Australian market, due to the listing of Orange Wellness Oil (the white labelled bottle) with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
2. The role of alcohol in oral carcinogenesis with particular reference to alcohol-containing mouthwashes byM.J. McCullough and C.S. Farah.. Australian Dental Journal 2008 Dec;53(4):302-5.
3. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities of virgin coconut oil by S. Intahphuak, P. Khonsung and A. Panthong. Pharmaceutical Biology 2010. Feb; 48(2):151-7.
5. Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – a preliminary reportby F.C. Peedikayil, P. Sreenivasan and A. Narayanan. Nigerian Medical Journal 2015. Mar-Apr; 56(2): 143-7.
6. Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improve mood in a dental office, by J. Lehmer, G. Marwinski, S. Lehr, P. Johren and L Deecke, Physiology and Behavior, 2005 Sep 15, 86(1-2) 92-5.
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