The benefits of essential oils go far beyond just smelling good. They can heal you physically, mentally and emotionally. They can make you have softer skin, improve your digestion, increase mental alertness, fight off colds and help you relax and sleep better at night.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Various essential oils used in toothpaste also help you have healthy teeth and gums and fresh breath.

  1. Kills Bad Breath

There’s nothing worse than having to talk to someone who has bad breath. And since you don’t want to be that person in your conversations, use a toothpaste whose ingredients include a host of essential oils. Rosemary essential oil is a great disinfectant, and with its astringent and antibacterial properties it takes care of pesky mouth odor. Other essential oils effective at combating unwanted bad breath are peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon and clove.

  1. Promotes Healthy Gums

Gum disease affects too many people, a lot of which don’t even realize they suffer from it. If you notice your gums swell or they bleed while brushing your teeth, then it’s possible you have gum disease. When you want to be gum disease and gum infection free and instead have strong, healthy gums—and who doesn’t—you want myrrh, lemon, clove, rosemary and/or tea tree essential oils mixed in with your toothpaste.

  1. Fights Off Bacteria

Bacteria is responsible for tooth decay, gum disease and many more problems inside your mouth. A major benefit of essential oils are they have high antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Cinnamon essential oil’s antimicrobial potency fights off streptococcus mutans, which is the bacteria that causes gum disease. Tea tree oil is the perfect anti-fungal agent, and clove essential oil has germicidal properties and obstructs pathogenic bacteria that can result in diseases, infections and discomfort.

  1. Naturally Relieves Pain

If you’ve ever had mouth pain (and I’m sorry if you have), then you know how terrible it is. Besides killing bacteria and making your breath fresh, some essentials are natural painkillers. Cinnamon essential oil has pain-killing properties, clove essential oil helps numb pain and both peppermint and spearmint essential oils are used to help treat pain.

  1. Tastes Good

You want your natural toothpaste to not only keep your teeth and gums clean, you also want it to not make you gag as soon as you start brushing. Peppermint and spearmint essential oils taste good, which is why these are two very common toothpaste and mouthwash flavors. Another essential oil you might not think of as quickly as peppermint or spearmint as being one with a tasty flavor is rosemary.

Essential oils don’t replace those biannual visits to your dentist, but brushing your teeth twice a day with a natural toothpaste made with essential oils helps ensure you have a healthy mouth that you and your dentist will appreciate.

With Truthpaste, we hand select pure organic essential oils for every single batch of our botanical natural toothpaste because we only use the best natural ways to deeply, and safely, clean your teeth and the tissues inside your mouth.

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