Providing Patients With Healthier Dental Care Options

We are excited to share this guest post by Heather Carpenter of Adler Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Boulder, CO. Check out their website at

Our dental practice is located in the small city of Boulder, Colorado, population just a little over 100,000 people. For those unfamiliar with Boulder, the city and surrounding area consistently ranks in national polls and press coverage as one of the most active and health conscious communities in the country.

Boulder’s favorable climate, resident world class athletes, convenient access to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the presence of a major university, and numerous other factors likely contribute to its healthy lifestyle and reputation. Perhaps also for these reasons our patients are especially attuned to health-oriented practices in many aspects of their personal care, dentistry and oral health certainly included.

When we decided to make The Dental Herb Company’s products available to our patients it was in many ways a common sense decision. Prior to officially adding The Dental Herb Company’s products to our in-office product offerings, we’d had first-hand experience with the products for a number of years. As the Director of Operations at Adler Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, I used the products personally. I especially liked the natural cinnamon eucalyptus flavor of the toothpaste. Also, I noticed that I didn’t get a film on my teeth after brushing (like I often experienced when using most commercial brands).  I also liked that the toothpaste is safe to use with veneers and is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free.

We did our own research on the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate. For those not familiar with SLS, it’s a common ingredient in personal care products. SLS is essentially an additive that allows cleansing products to foam. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a “moderate hazard” that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.

Since we began making Dental Herb Company’s products available to our patients, we’ve started offering samples of the products to some of our patients. Examples of the feedback we’ve received from those who’ve sampled products in our office include:

  • “I like that it’s all natural and alcohol free.” – Talia
  • “You can feel the essential oils working.” – Carly
  • “Yum!  It’s minty and doesn’t burn! Such a refreshing flavor!” – Leah

It’s comments like these, combined with our own experience and research, that gives us confidence we’re doing our patients a service by providing them with healthier options for their dental care. Providing our patients with healthier dental care options helps us ensure we’re responsive to our patients’ preferences. It also helps us favorably differentiate our dental practice in our community.

About the Author

Heather Carpenter is the Director of Operations at Adler Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Boulder, Colorado.

Open Wide and Say AAAAH NO! to the Flu This Season

The flu and cold season generally arrives in sync with winter, as people spend the majority of their time indoors. Getting a flu shot, washing your hands often, and avoiding those who are sick can help reduce the risk of illness, and while most people are aware of these common sense precautions, one of the most overlooked preventative measures is the practice of good oral health.

It is widely known that healthy teeth and gums can prevent gum disease, but it is also a fact that good oral hygiene can help prevent other types of systemic diseases.  Chronic gum inflammation (periodontitis) makes the mouth a portal through which bacteria can enter the bloodstream. A recent study by the Yale University School of Medicine discovered a link between oral hygiene and bacterial pneumonia. Pneumonia is a lung infection that often occurs after an individual’s immune system has been compromised by a cold or flu. The researchers found that poor oral hygiene is a common contributing risk factor for contracting pneumonia. In fact, the risk of infection for those with severe gum problems is doubled1 according to the Yale study.

Simple toothbrush tips help fight infection

Toothbrushes can harbor harmful bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Even after being rinsed visibly clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms.” Because of this, the American Dental Association recommends replacing them at least every 3-4 months.2 It is recommended that a toothbrush used during an illness be discarded to avoid reinfection. Even though reinfection in this manner is more common with bacterial infections such as strep throat, it is possible in weakened immune systems for a flu strain to come back.3 Here are a few infection fighting toothbrush tips to help prevent a cold or flu this winter season:

  • Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush after brushing, and allow to air dry in an upright position.
  • Wash your hands before and after brushing or flossing to avoid bacteria from entering your mouth.
  • Never share toothbrushes with anyone.
  • Keep all household members’ toothbrushes separate from one another to prevent cross contamination and the spreading of germs.

Sterilize your toothbrush once a week by placing it in a few inches of water in a microwave-safe container and heating it for 2-3 minutes.

Help prevent disease with natural oral care products

Reducing the risk for getting the flu this season is as easy as following simple preventative measures and choosing oral care products from Dental Herb Company. Used and trusted by thousands of dentists since 1996, this Truly Natural® line of products includes Tooth & Gums Essentials Toothpaste®, Tooth & Gums Tonic®, Under the Gums Irrigant®, Tooth & Gums Spritz®, and PerioSpot® Gel. Each professional strength product is made with a precise combination of all-natural ingredients including powerful essential oils and herbal extracts that work together to help reduce oral bacteria and create a barrier from infection, soothe inflamed and bleeding gums and freshen breath. Dental Herb Company products are available for purchase online so go ahead and help prevent flus and colds this year by giving your mouth the high quality germ-fighting protection it needs. A gargle a day, may keep the doctor away!


  1. Salhut, Mohammad. “Link Found between Pneumonia and Oral Hygiene.” Yale Daily News, 25 Jan. 2012. Web. <>.
  2. “Statement on Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement.” American Dental Association, Nov. 2011. Web. <>.
  3. Brooks, Ella. “Can Your Toothbrush Make You Sick?” Everyday Family, n.d. Web. <>.

Why Choosing a Natural Toothpaste Will Give You Something to Smile About

The market for natural products has skyrocketed over the past few years. In response to the demand for healthier foods, body care products and household cleaning products, grocery stores across the country now have aisles dedicated to organic and natural products. What’s driving the change? One important reason is the increase in public information regarding the dangers of ingesting chemicals.

Unfortunately, more that 80,000 chemicals available in the U.S. have not been fully tested for their potential toxic effects on human health and the environment. Consequently, the effects of these chemicals are not fully understood. For example, triclosan is used in personal care products such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap and cosmetics for its ability to retard bacterial growth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to allow the use of triclosan, while it is actively engaged in a scientific and regulatory review of the chemical.1 In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently regulates triclosan as a pesticide, and is only now staging a comprehensive review of the ongoing research of its adverse endocrine effects. If scientific evidence supports negative health consequences for human use, the EPA says it will change current regulations.2 The larger question is how long before we really know if it is safe to use.

Consumer demand continues to change the marketplace. Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson became the first major manufacturer to remove chemicals such as formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan and phthalates from all baby products. Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, Samantha Lucas, said the company needed to be “responsive to our consumers because it’s really about their peace of mind.”3

The peace of mind natural toothpaste provides

For consumers looking for the peace of mind that chemical-free products provide, an all natural toothpaste may be the right choice for several reasons:

Natural toothpaste is usually gentler on teeth and gums.

In addition to triclosan, many conventional types of toothpaste contain an additive known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), an inexpensive and effective foaming agent. Some medical studies have linked SLS to an increased risk of developing canker sores and to aggravated levels of gum disease. A study performed at the University of Oslo reported that symptoms of gum disease resolved 40 times faster when SLS-free toothpaste was used.4

Natural toothpaste can benefit people with challenging medical conditions.

Cancer patients frequently experience mouth sores from chemotherapy. This is caused by a decrease in the body’s ability to replace the cells of the mucous lining at a normal rate. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics are more susceptible than non-diabetics to developing serious gum disease that can lead to tooth loss, as are people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In all cases, the harsh additives found in conventional toothpastes exacerbate the conditions that make it more difficult for people living with these medical conditions to maintain optimal oral health.

Dental Herb Company’s Tooth & Gums Essentials Toothpaste® is a professional strength toothpaste formulated with green tea extract to gently clean teeth, reduce oral bacteria and freshen breath. Essentials Toothpaste is triclosan-free and SLS-free. Its precisely calculated proportions of pure essential oils work synergistically with alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs to reduce oral bacteria, promote healing and maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Dental Herb Company has a unique line of Truly Natural® oral care products, made from the highest quality essential oils and organic herbal extracts that work together to provide exceptional cleansing as well as therapeutic benefits. Our holistic approach to oral care is based on decades of research.

Herbs and their beneficial properties have been safely and effectively used in oral care for thousands of years. At Dental Herb Company we know how powerful botanicals are in minimizing harmful oral bacteria, combating bad breath, and promoting healthy teeth and gums. Using natural dental products is an easy way to minimize everyday exposure to toxins—and provide peace of mind.


  1. “Triclosan: What Consumers Should Know.” Food and Drug Administration, n.d. Web. <>.
  2. “Triclosan Facts.” Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. <>.
  3. Kay, Jane. “Johnson & Johnson Removes Some Chemicals from Baby Shampoo, Other Products.” Scientific American Mind, 6 May 2013. Web. <>.
  4. Herlofson, BB, and P. Barkvoll. “Desquamative Effect of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate on Oral Mucosa. A Preliminary Study.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. <>.

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Scientists have long been aware of a connection between gum disease and systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. A new growing body of evidence now appears to link gum disease to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While the evidence is not conclusive, a strong correlation between the two exists.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints by causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation. It currently affects .5% to 1% of the global population.1 Periodontal disease is also a chronic inflammatory condition; it primarily affects gum tissue. Evidence from one study states that over 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease, yet most people are unaware they have it.2 Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is typically marked by noticeably inflamed gums, as well as soreness and/or bleeding during brushing or flossing. If not treated, plaque accumulates at the gum line, causing further inflammation and gum recession. When the tissue of the pockets surrounding the teeth is damaged, harmful bacteria have access to the bloodstream—which in turn can cause serious problems in other parts of the body.3

Researchers have found a substantial increase in the prevalence of gum disease in patients with RA compared to those without it. In addition, the incidence of RA is higher in those with gum disease than those without.1 Statistics from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) explain the connection between the two chronic ailments based on several key factors. Both gum disease and arthritis result from an inflammatory response, and both are characterized by an overgrowth of bacteria that release toxins destructive to supporting tissues. People affected by both diseases exhibit more anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA), which increase bodily inflammation and exacerbate both conditions.4

Of the 20 bacterial species identified as periodontal pathogens, all are linked to gum disease. The most studied is Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis).1 Researchers from Germany’s Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg recently examined samples of synovial fluid (the fluid within joint capsules) from 42 patients with RA and found DNA matching oral bacteria—P. gingivalis in particular. The study concluded that those with RA are approximately 4.5 times more likely to have P. gingivalis bacteria in their synovial fluid than those without arthritis. Furthermore, they discovered that RA patients were 12 times more likely to have oral infections from P. gingivalis.5 Another study found that arthritis patients displayed a considerable increase in the levels of gingivitis bacteria, and the severity of gum disease correlated with the severity of the arthritis.7

What is the best gum disease treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

Oral health is interconnected with one’s overall health. And while the scientific community is in agreement regarding the connection between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis, the exact relationship between these two destructive chronic inflammatory diseases is unknown. It is known that systemic diseases (which includes arthritis) are accompanied by an increase in the severity of gum disease6 because oral infections create a pathway for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can elicit an inflammatory response elsewhere7 in the body. And even though plaque buildup is recognized as one of the primary causes of periodontal disease, the progression of the disease is largely dependent on the overall strength of the subject’s immune functioning.8 According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the presence of gum disease can be an indicator of several forms of systemic diseases including RA.9

It is unknown whether gum disease precedes RA or RA precedes gum disease. What is known is that it is extremely important to take oral care seriously if you have arthritis. Regular dental visits are a must. In fact, some health professionals recommend those with RA have as many as four annual cleanings, as research suggests that treating dental problems early on will result in decreased symptoms in patients with severe arthritis.10 One study showed that reversing gum disease through professional dental care actually decreased RA sufferers’ overall pain level, number of swollen joints, and morning stiffness.10

Finding a natural treatment for gum disease

Increasing public awareness of the connection between gum disease and systemic diseases like arthritis is important from a holistic perspective. Brushing and flossing regularly, and using all natural gum disease treatment products are key to oral health. Natural toothpastes and mouth rinses both clean and heal inflammation safely and effectively. The ingredients in Dental Herb Company’s line of oral care products are completely natural and proven to be effective in combating harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation and eliminating bad breath. Pure essential oils and organic herbal extracts work synergistically to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and they’re a great alternative to the chemical products lining most commercial shelves. The best natural remedy for gum disease, lasting oral health and a reduced risk for systemic diseases is preventative care. Commit to better oral care today.


  1. Ogrendik, Mesut. “Rheumatoid Arthritis Is an Autoimmune Disease Caused by Periodontal Pathogens.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 24 May 2013. Web. <>.
  2. “Gingivitis- In-Depth Report.” New York Times, n.d. Web. <>.
  3. “Joint Failures Potentially Linked to Oral Bacteria.” ScienceDaily, 18 Apr. 2012. Web. <>.
  4. Pablo, P., T. Dietrich, and TE McAlindon. “Association of Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss with Rheumatoid Arthritis in the US Population.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. <>.
  5. Adams, Case. “Arthritis Linked to Gingivitis Bacteria.” GreenMedInfo, n.d. Web. <>.
  6. Chi, Angela C., DMD, Brad W. Neville, DDS, Joe W. Krayer, DDS, and Wanda C. Gonsalves, MD. “Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease.” American Family Physician, n.d. Web. <>.
  7. Gude, Dilip, Rekha Rani Koduganti, Surya J. Prasanna, and Lakshmi Radhika Pothini. “Mouth: A Portal to the Body.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, 03 May 2006. Web.
  8. Kinane, DF. “Periodontitis Modified by Systemic Factors.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. <>.
  9. “Diagnosis of Periodontal Diseases.” Journal of Periodontology 74 (2003): University of Minnesota. Web. <>
  10. “Treating Gum Disease Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers.” ScienceDaily, 29 May 2009. Web. <>.

Natural Treatment for Mouth Sores from Chemotherapy

Undergoing chemotherapy is both physically and emotionally demanding. The physical side effects can be exhausting and uncomfortable. Mouth sores from chemotherapy are the most common side effect experienced by patients, because chemical therapy decreases the white blood cell count leaving the body more susceptible to infection. These mouth ulcers occur as a result of the decrease in the body’s ability to replace the cells of the mucous lining at a normal rate. During chemotherapy the body’s natural process of dividing and reproducing cells is altered. Because both cancerous and healthy cells are affected, oral tissue can become damaged. These painful oral sores and infections can make simple activities like eating or even talking very difficult. The best treatment for mouth sores from chemotherapy involves frequent self-inspections, regular communication with a dental professional and a good oral care routine with alcohol and chemical free natural products.

Why use natural toothpastes and mouth rinses?

One of the most important changes to make when beginning chemotherapy treatment is to choose oral care products that are as gentle as they are effective. Ingredients such as alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which are found in most commercial brand toothpastes and mouthwashes, can be too harsh on oral tissue that is at a heightened risk for mouth ulcers and infection. Chemotherapy reduces the amount of saliva, and because saliva is critical in protecting teeth and keeping the mouth clean, inadequate production increases the chance of developing cavities and periodontal disease. The drying properties of alcohol exacerbate dry mouth, and products containing alcohol should be avoided during treatment. In addition, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) has been identified as a possible trigger for mouth ulcers—especially in those already prone to them.1 For this reason, it is also advisable not to use toothpastes and mouth rinses that have SLS as an additive.

Regular oral care products might keep your mouth clean, but when your immune system is compromised, using natural alternatives to alleviate discomfort, prevent infection, and control halitosis is essential. A toothpaste and mouth rinse containing essential oils is the best choice when trying to combat uncomfortable side effects from chemotherapy. Natural oral care products offer anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties—all of which are advantageous during chemotherapy.

The fungal infection oral thrush is commonly diagnosed in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Caused by an overgrowth of yeast, thrush usually appears as white patches on the tongue and inner cheeks, although it can also show up on the roof of the mouth and gums. While thrush can be treated with medication, there are potentially negative side effects associated with many of these medications. While undergoing chemotherapy, it is important to seek treatments that won’t cause additional or unnecessary complications.

Truly Natural® Ingredients


A soothing essential oil that helps heal damaged tissue.

Studies have shown that the essential oils of peppermint and lavender contain powerful anti-fungal properties that help to eliminate oral yeast infections.2 Both are prized for their antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits. These two essential oils play a fundamental role in Dental Herb Company’s formula. This powerful, Truly Natural® family of antimicrobial oral care products is comprised of : Tooth & Gums Tonic®, Tooth & Gums Essentials® Toothpaste, PerioSpot Gel®, Under the Gums Irrigant®, and Tooth & Gums Spritz®. Each product is made from a combination of five essential oils (red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint) and two herbal extracts (echinacea and gotu kola) which work together synergistically to help prevent periodontal disease and maintain a balanced and healthy oral environment.

Good oral health care during chemotherapy is crucial to ensure that teeth and gums remain healthy throughout treatment. Choosing the right products can help make a difference. When looking for a mouth rinse for chemotherapy or toothpaste for chemotherapy, consider high-quality products from Dental Herb Company, now available for purchase online.


  1. Staff, Mayo Clinic. “Canker Sore Causes.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. <>.
  2. HY, Kang, Na SS, and Kim YK. “Effects of Oral Care with Essential Oil on Improvement in Oral Health Status of Hospice Patients.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. <>.

Natural Oral Care Products: A Treatment for Gingivitis?

According to The New York Times “Gingivitis In-Depth Report,” more than 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease, although most are unaware of it.1 Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that impacts the supportive gum and tissue around the teeth. Gingivitis is one of the first stages of periodontal disease, and it specifically affects the gums. If gingivitis progresses without treatment, it can transition into periodontitis. In this most aggressive stage, the bone and connective tissues become so badly damaged that tooth loss often results.

Before exploring the steps to reverse gingivitis (including natural treatment for gingivitis), it is important to understand this disease and its risk factors. What causes gingivitis? The condition begins with bacteria. While every healthy mouth has plenty of harmless bacteria, the balance shifts when bacteria becomes more substantial and thicker. This new sticky substance, known as plaque, is actually a barrier against bacteria to a point. However, when excessive plaque accumulates, it adheres to the teeth and gums, causing infection. The plaque turns into tartar, a rock-hard calculus that sits on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. In either case, plaque and/or tartar contribute to gingivitis. Symptoms include red, swollen, and inflamed gums that may bleed during flossing and/or brushing. Gingivitis is often the cause of persistent bad breath (halitosis) as well.

While certain people may be more prone to gingivitis based on family history or hormonal changes (i.e. pregnancy can aggravate existing gingivitis around the second month and peak in the eighth month), the risk for this condition is typically dependent on oral hygiene habits and lifestyle choices. Even meal decisions can make a difference. Some foods, especially those high in sugar, can increase mouth acidity, making it an ideal environment for bacterial growth. If this acidic residue is not removed quickly enough through brushing or flossing, the residual bacteria can contribute to a higher risk for periodontal disease. Other possible contributors to gingivitis include poor oral hygiene habits, poorly contoured fillings or crowns, tooth abnormalities, wisdom teeth and various lifestyle choices including—but not limited to—diet, smoking, and substance abuse. Since gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and subsequently possible tooth loss, treatment for gingivitis needs to be immediate.

Will a natural treatment for gingivitis work?

Herbal medicine can be traced back as early as 3,000 B.C. to ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings which describe medicinal uses for plants. During the “Golden Age of Herbalism,” which occurred between the 15th and 17th centuries, herbal plant remedies were used for a variety of ailments and disease.2 In the early 19th century, scientists took advantage of chemical analysis, extracting and modifying active plant ingredients. Today, botanicals are used in almost one fourth of all pharmaceutical drugs. Additionally, the World Health Organization recently estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care.3

Of the many dental products on the market today, many contain synthetic or chemical ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Triclosan. SLS is a foaming agent that can be irritating to certain people, with some dental research linking it to increased gingival blood flow as well as mucosal irritations.4 Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently taking another close look at Triclosan, an ingredient designed to prevent bacterial contamination.5 Because the long-term impact of Triclosan is unknown, many consumers are looking for natural herb-based oral health care products.

Antibiotics are typically prescribed for the treatment of gingivitis, but these medicines can cause microorganisms to develop a resistance to the antibiotics, resulting in a more potent and dangerous bacteria. A natural treatment for gingivitis is an effective alternative therapy, as research suggests that microorganisms don’t develop the same tolerance or resistance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils used in natural oral health care products.6

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Gotu Kola

An herb that has been used for centuries to aid in wound healing.

Essential oils used in natural oral care products have numerous beneficial properties. Herbs are specifically known for their ability to stimulate the body, enhance surface circulation, reduce inflammation, and soothe irritation.7 For example, natural oral products containing gotu kola (Centella asiatica) enhance connective tissue rebuilding, while products containing pure essential oil of lavender and vegetable glycerine soothe and condition tissues during healing. Herbal remedies, backed by extensive research supporting their safety and effectiveness with tooth and gum problems, are a smart choice to help reverse gingivitis.

Dental Herb Company’s Natural Oral Health Care Products

Dental Herb Company believes that healthy teeth and gums can be achieved through the use of high quality all natural products along with proper oral care. The Tooth & Gums formula is the result of two decades of research and development. The all-natural essential oils and organic herbal extracts work synergistically to offer antimicrobial protection, tissue conditioning, and connective tissue rebuilding to aid in the treatment for gingivitis.

The Dental Herb Company oral care products are alcohol-free and particularly beneficial for those with special oral care needs. Mouth sensitivity and a higher susceptibility to infection are common among diabetics, especially for those who have recently undergone gum surgery or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Choosing natural, herbal-based toothpaste and alcohol-free mouthwash is a safe solution to help reduce oral irritation, reverse gingivitis and enhance healing. Restore and maintain your oral health with the all-natural efficacy of Dental Herb Company Truly Natural products for Healthy Teeth and Gums. To help prevent and treat gingivitis, focus on smart lifestyle choices, brush and floss often, follow a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin C (known to positively impact oral health), and have regular dental cleanings and check-ups as recommended.


  2. Baqai, Rasheed A., Grace Chia-Huei Chin, Eric Dashofy, Ron R. Katzir, Julie C. Reyes, and Chuan Wong. “Herbs: A Glimpse into Its Long History.” University of California, Irvine, n.d. Web. <>.
  6. Meeker HG, Linke HAB. The antibacterial action of eugenol, thyme oil, and related essential oils used in dentistry. Compend. 1998;9(1):32-40.
  7. Stay, Flora P., DDS. “Integrative Dentistry: Herbal Therapy in Dentistry.” HealthWorld, n.d. Web. <>.

The Benefits of Herbal Dental Care Products: Using Ancient Herbs for Oral Health

Dental Herb Company uses the power of essential oils and organically grown herbal extracts in its professional strength herbal dental care products to promote and maintain good oral health. In addition, their formulas relieve gum inflammation while helping to rebuild connective tissue and neutralize halitosis. Regular dental visits, proper oral care, and effective all natural herbal dental products are key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils (EOs) are distilled liquids extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, stems, roots, shrubs and trees. The effectiveness of EOs lies in their exceptional ability to penetrate human tissue and provide therapeutic benefits. EOs contain varying numbers of tiny aromatic molecules that rapidly absorb into skin and travel through the body via blood capillaries and the circulatory system. When placed on the foot, EOs will be distributed to every cell within the body in under 21 minutes.1 The interaction between the EOs’ properties and the body’s natural chemistry result in physiological changes that include repairing damaged tissue, relieving pain and enhancing circulation.2 When used in herbal dental care, EOs are absorbed deep into gum tissue where their potent antibacterial properties provide valuable benefits in the treatment of gum disease.1

Dental Herb Company’s unique formulation of herbs for dental health

Developed by a dental researcher over the span of two decades, Dental Herb Company formulae contain pure essential oils (not their derivatives or synthetic equivalents) and alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs. Although botanicals have been used for centuries to treat ailments, modern clinical research has demonstrated the antimicrobial benefits of Dental Herb Company’s natural oral care products. The formulae contain five essential oils and two herbal extracts which work together synergistically to provide excellent oral health.

The essential oils:

Red Thyme

The oil from this herb has been used extensively in medicine as a powerful antiseptic and disinfectant. Additionally, its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and stimulating properties help treat oral inflammation and infection, making it a powerful additive to herbal dental products.3

Cinnamon Bark

The high aldehyde content of this oil makes it a strong antimicrobial and antiseptic.  High in tannins, cinnamon bark is an astringent, which in turn provides valuable benefits. Astringents contract, firm and strengthen oral tissue, reduce surface inflammation and irritation, and create a protective barrier from infection. Cinnamon oil is widely recognized as a painkiller and has long been used to soothe toothaches.4

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An essential oil that helps boost circulation and speeds the healing process.


Indigenous to Australia, eucalyptus has one of the most widely recognizable aromas.  It is commonly used as the active ingredient in vapor rubs because it aids respiratory function. In addition, eucalyptus boasts antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and stimulant properties, which boost circulation and speed up the healing process.  It is ideal for combating oral infection and mouth ulcers.5


Widely used for its skin healing properties, the oil from this highly aromatic flower offers antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and stimulant properties in natural dental remedies, making it a strong ally for good oral health. Lavender is effective against halitosis, helps heal damaged tissue and provides soothing relief from mouth pain6. Its pleasant aroma is also a powerful sedative which helps to calm the nervous system and decrease stress. While this may not seem relevant to mouth care, emotional stress is strongly linked to gum disease, because it impairs immune function and lowers the body’s natural defenses.7


The oil from this plant provides antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, sedative and stimulant properties. While peppermint flavoring is one of the most common additives used in commercial toothpaste and mouthwash, the majority of these products do not contain the essential oil itself. Rather than using essential oils as active ingredients, the majority of mouth care products typically use synthetic derivatives. When peppermint essential oil is used in natural oral care products it offers protection from oral infection, pain relief and enhanced blood circulation.8

The herbal extracts:


This herb is best known for helping the body to fight off microbial infections. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and is an immunomodulator, which reacts with and aids the immune system. Studies have shown Echinacea to be effective in preventing infection, repairing damaged tissue and regenerating connective tissue.9

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Gotu Kola

An herb that has been used for centuries to aid in wound healing.

Gotu kola

Used as a medicine for its healing properties, gotu kola has been shown to stimulate blood vessel growth in connective tissue, stimulate wound healing, and act as a powerful anti-inflammatory.10

Natural dental remedies for a healthy lifestyle

Dental Herb Company offers a unique line of Truly Natural® oral care products which help promote and maintain optimal oral health. With formulations rooted in both modern science and with thousands of years in medicinal use, you can trust the excellence of every product in the Tooth & Gums System. Talk to a dental professional on your next visit about the many benefits of using natural herbal dental products.


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  2. Gladstar, Rosemary. “2. A Prescription for Life.” Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2008. N. pag. Print.
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  5. “Eucalyptus Essential Oil.” Mountain Rose Herbs, n.d. Web. <>.
  6. Hoffmann, David. “Materia Medica.” Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts, 2003. 561-62. Print.
  7. Warner, Jennifer. “Stress May Wreak Havoc on Your Mouth.” WebMD, n.d. Web. <>.
  8. Hoffmann, David. “Materia Medica.” Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts, 2003. 567-68. Print.
  9. Hoffmann, David. “Materia Medica.” Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts, 2003. 544-45. Print.
  10. “Gotu Kola.” YourHealth, n.d. Web. <>.

The State of Oral Health Care Around the World

Proper oral health care is critical to good overall health; poor oral hygiene can contribute to the development or exacerbation of certain diseases. When severe gum disease is present, chronic inflammation and deterioration of bone and connective oral tissue generally results in tooth loss.  Around the globe, approximately 15-20% of adults, ages 35-44, have advanced gum disease, and approximately 30% of adults between the ages of 65-74 have none of their natural teeth intact.1 In addition, statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that approximately 60-90% of children and close to 100% of adults worldwide have cavities.1

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease worldwide, with over 90% of the population affected. It is also the most common childhood disease, affecting over 70% of school children.2 Surveys of oral hygiene habits among children from 41 countries show a difference in frequency of brushing between North American and European countries. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that 78% of American adults brush twice daily, while only 44% of children do the same.3,4 European countries vary in rates of tooth brushing from a high of 75% of adults brushing twice daily in Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway to a low of fewer than 46% in Finland, Romania, Greece, Lithuania, Turkey and Malta.5

The current state of oral health care in developing and developed countries

The staggering rate of oral disease is a health burden that needs to be addressed on a global level. Fortunately, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Oral Health Programme is focusing on the importance of oral health around the world. The goal of the program is to find ways to aid the millions of people who are unable to receive preventative dental care due to low income or lack of access. In recent years, several European countries have deregulated oral health care services and made it impossible for many to afford. Furthermore, school dental services that were once offered in most eastern European countries have been discontinued, leaving children without oral health care coverage. Minimizing the prevalence of gum disease and its associated chronic health problems requires the availability of preventative treatment for everyone.1

Developed countries have the greatest access to oral health care with the United States, Japan and Canada having the highest number of employed dental professionals.6  Income levels seem to be a contributing factor in determining good oral health. Middle-class families often struggle to pay for the recommended twice-yearly checkups and necessary dental work, because many health insurance plans do not include dental coverage.

One bit of good news is that the number of dental hygienists entering the field in all developed countries has been increasing over the past decade as research continues to show the many risks associated with gum disease. Between 1987 and 2006, the number of dental hygienists in Canada increased by 200%, and in Italy, by a whopping 2207%.6 In the U.S., the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a 38% job growth in the field between 2010 and 2020—a percentage much higher than the growth average for all occupations.7 Some explanations for this substantial rise include a growing population, a higher demand for preventative dental care, and the need to maintain oral health (and prevent tooth loss) in the aging population.

Easy preventative steps for good oral health

From a global perspective, we have a long way to go to improve worldwide oral health.  Increasing awareness and change will take time.  The first step toward improving the global statistics of gum disease is to focus on personal preventative measures—one should never underestimate the importance of daily brushing and flossing. WHO clearly states that the high cost of dental treatment can be avoided by effective health preventative measures. Maintaining healthy gums and teeth in between dental visits is imperative to help ensure a better quality of life.

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The Connection Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases in which either the pancreas produces an inadequate amount of insulin (known as Type 1 diabetes) or cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced (Type 2 diabetes). The result for both types of diabetes is a high blood sugar level. According to the American Diabetes Association, a total of 25.8 million adults and children in the U.S. currently have diabetes, and the number is rising. In addition, it is estimated that 79 million people have a condition known as pre-diabetes.1 With diabetes or pre-diabetes affecting close to 105 million Americans, the scope of this disease is very large.

Good oral health is especially important for people living with diabetes because their ability to fight oral infections is compromised. Diabetics are more susceptible than non-diabetics to developing serious gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.  Research suggests the relationship between oral health and diabetes is cyclical. In addition to a higher susceptibility to oral problems, gum disease in diabetics can exacerbate the diabetes by adversely affecting blood glucose control.2

What you should know about diabetes and oral health problems

A variety of oral health problems are associated with diabetes. Diabetics frequently suffer from mouth ulcers, cavities, dry mouth and fungal infections. Gum disease may go undetected as it does not always cause pain. However, there are warning signs diabetics can watch for:

  • Red, puffy, or tender gums.
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing.
  • Persistent bad breath.
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth.
  • Puss in between the gums and teeth.
  • Noticeable changes in the way teeth fit together when biting.
  • Shifting or loosening of permanent teeth.

Any of the above symptoms can indicate the presence of gum disease.  The best way to prevent the progression of gum disease is to visit a dentist as soon as any of these signs appear. Diabetics should make their dentists aware of their medical condition; the dentist will be better able to provide proper treatment and make recommendations for ongoing care. Dental checkups should occur at least once every six months to ensure optimal oral health.

How to maintain excellent oral health with diabetes

Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is necessary for a healthy mouth and for good overall health. Controlled blood glucose levels help to prevent harmful oral bacteria from thriving and wreaking havoc on gums and teeth. A few key components of a successful oral care routine are as follows:

  • Brush at least twice a day with antimicrobial toothpaste.
  • Floss daily, and/or use an oral irrigator.
  • Use an alcohol-free antimicrobial oral rinse.

Antimicrobial natural toothpastes and mouth rinses, especially those made with essential oils, are ideal options for those with diabetes and gum disease; they offer maximum efficacy in minimizing harmful bacteria, and the essential oils provide soothing and therapeutic benefits. In addition, alcohol-free oral rinses  help maintain the natural balance of saliva, which is highly beneficial for diabetics suffering from dry mouth.

Dental Herb Company makes all natural oral care products you can trust. The formulas contain pure essential oils and extracts of organically grown herbs, without chemicals or additives such as sodium lauryl sulfate and alcohol. Dental Herb Company’s proven, Truly Natural products are as gentle as they are powerful. When used in conjunction with treatment to stabilize blood glucose levels, healthy hygiene habits, and routine professional cleanings, these solutions help provide a sustainable line of defense in combating gum disease  in diabetics.


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  2. “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.” American Diabetes Association, n.d. Web.

Lost Teeth: Dentures, Bridges or Teeth Implants?

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one of their permanent teeth as a result of gum disease, accident, failed root canal, or tooth decay.1 What’s even more unsettling is the fact that 26% of adults will lose all their permanent teeth by age 74.1 Whether due to improper oral care or bone loss that accompanies old age, it’s clear that there is a high demand for replacement teeth.

Finding the best option for replacing missing teeth

Several options exist to replace missing teeth, such as dentures, fixed bridges, or dental implants. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that rest on the gum line and stay secured with the use of adhesives. Dentures correct several problems, ranging from speech to chewing, and ensure a great smile with a natural appearance. Unfortunately, dentures can be uncomfortable if not fitted properly, and may slip or cause clicking sounds that can be embarrassing. Dentures typically require replacement every 7 to 15 years; therefore, they are not a permanent solution for tooth replacement. Furthermore, dentures can lead to increased bone loss in the jaw where the teeth are missing.

Fixed bridges are another option for replacing lost teeth. In this procedure, adjacent teeth are used as anchors to which crowns are secured. Bridges are natural in appearance, and perhaps best of all, the procedure usually requires only two visits to the dentist. One of the most common problems is damage to surrounding healthy teeth. Studies have shown a failure rate of approximately 30% in teeth adjacent to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture within 5 to 7 years.1 Gum disease is also associated with fixed bridges.

Dental implants are long-term replacements that, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. As a result, dental implants are generally regarded as the best long-term option for those who need to replace missing teeth. During dental implant surgery, oral or maxillofacial surgeons fuse implants composed of titanium metal with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, it is impossible for dental implants to slip or make clicking sounds. Those who have them report that they are much more comfortable than traditional dentures. Because dental implants are fused with the jawbone, tooth decay does not occur and consequently, bone loss is not a risk. If bone erosion and weakening due to a missing tooth is a factor before the procedure, surgeons graft bone to the weak area to strengthen and hold the implant in place. The success rate of dental implant surgery is nearly 95%.1

Dental implant surgery: post-procedure care

The recovery process after receiving dental implant surgery can be long and uncomfortable, with the severity of symptoms depending on the number of implants. Common symptoms after surgery include pain at the implant site, bruising of gums and skin, and swelling of gums and face. During the healing phase, mouth sensitivity is understandably an issue. A daily meticulous home-care routine is essential for the long-term success of implants. An oral care routine should keep the mouth as clean as possible and be gentle on the gums. In addition to prescribing a soft food diet throughout this post-procedure period, your dentist may recommend a gentle, alcohol-free, sodium lauryl sulfate-free oral care product that is effective in both fighting bacteria and soothing sensitive oral tissue. Truly Natural® oral care products from Dental Herb Company are an excellent choice for those recovering from denture, fixed bridge or dental implant procedures. This family of highly effective oral care products consists of Tooth & Gums Tonic®, Tooth & Gums Essentials® Toothpaste, Under the Gums Irrigant®, PerioSpot Gel ®, and Tooth & Gums Spritz®—all of which are alcohol-free, SLS-free and formulated with pure essential oils and natural herbal extracts.

Dental Herb Company products are formulated to reduce oral bacteria, encourage tissue rebuilding and provide soothing, anti-inflammatory relief. The extraordinary effectiveness of Dental Herb Company products is due to the unique way in which they are formulated.  Precisely calculated proportions of pure essential oils work synergistically with alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs to reduce oral bacteria and maintain healthy teeth and gums.

If you are about to undergo denture, fixed bridge, or dental implant surgery, talk with your dentist about Dental Herb Company’s products. Hold on to your beautiful new smile!


  1. “Dental Implants.” American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, n.d. Web. <>.