I have long recommended Essential oils for the many health benefits they provide. When looking for an at home regimen for patients, I want something that is all natural, but beneficial in reducing bacterial load, reducing inflammation and helping to actively fight infection. Prescription strength products that contain alcohol, cause staining or tarter formation are no longer the gold standard in Periodontal Care. Essential oils have powerful anti-microbial properties that help us fight disease and accomplish better oral health.
At home use of Essential Oil based rinses "significantly improved bacterial counts in many cases." Dentistry Today
Studies have shown that essential oil based mouth rinses are as effective as Chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque, gigival inflammation, oral VSC and malodor. Maelstrom, University of Rochester
Combinations of essential oils have demonstrated plaque reduction of 13.8-56.3% and gingivitis reduction ranging from 14-35.9%. Charles et al; Grossman E;Lamster IB;Overholser et al.2006
In a 1999 Fresh Breath study, Clinical Research Associates rated an Essential Oil based rinse as Number One in long term reduction of bad breath.