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. <>.

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.


  1. Foster, Cynthia, M.D. “Essential Oils.” Dr. Foster’s Essentials, n.d. Web. <>
  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.
  3. “Thyme, Red Essential Oil.” Mountain Rose Herbs, n.d. Web. <>.
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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. <>.

Can Your Diet Help Prevent Periodontal Disease?

It’s a misconception that taking care of your oral health simply means practicing good hygiene habits. While it is true that regular brushing and flossing in combination with routine professional cleanings are of utmost importance, the health of your teeth and gums involves much more. Your gums are a reliable reflection of your overall health, and they suffer if there are any nutritional deficiencies in your diet. When considering the best course of action to fight off periodontal disease, get to the root of the problem by adopting a whole body approach.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to allowing your bodily systems to thrive. When everything is functioning as it should, your natural defenses against all forms of illness and inflammation are substantially strengthened. Healthy gum tissue is less likely to allow penetration of gingivitis-causing bacteria. Adhering to a well-balanced diet is one of the best things you can do to help ensure exceptional oral health.

Natural Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that assists in repairing connective tissue and regenerating bone—both of which are important to gum health. A deficiency of vitamin C is sometimes linked to the development of periodontal disease. A study in the Journal of Periodontology showed just how important this vitamin is to oral health. Researchers examined 12,419 American adults and found that those who consumed less than the daily recommended value (60mg/day) of Vitamin C were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop severe gingivitis than those who consumed more than 180mg per day.1

Vitamin D is another nutrient that is crucial to good oral health because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers at Boston University looked at the correlation between vitamin D intake and gingivitis and found that those with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were less susceptible to developing gum inflammation.2

The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 is another beneficial nutrient to have in your diet, and it is primarily found in fish, meat, and in the germs of whole grains. A study from Osaka University in Japan provided evidence that a deficiency of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 in the diet could be a contributing factor in the development of periodontal disease. The three-week study examined the effects of applying a topical coenzyme Q10 on gum tissue and demonstrated reductions in both inflammation and infection.3

It is clear that a diet rich in antioxidants is beneficial for a healthy mouth, but it is also important to make sure to get plenty of whole grains and calcium. Whole-grain foods are believed to play a role in the prevention of periodontal disease by reducing the overall amount of bodily inflammation.4  Calcium is critical in strengthening bone mass below the gum line and reducing the amount of decay caused by bacteria. Conversely, inadequate levels of dietary calcium cause periodontal disease to worsen.5

Dietary guidelines and tips that can boost your oral health and help prevent periodontal disease

  • Consume plenty of foods rich in vitamin C
  • Increase your intake of organic vegetables
  • Choose whole-grain products over those made with white flour
  • Get plenty of calcium, either through low-fat dairy products or dark, leafy greens
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid sodas and sugary drinks
  • Brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
  • Choose all-natural oral care products over commercial brands

Consuming a well-balanced diet in conjunction with good hygiene habits is the best choice when it comes to natural treatment for periodontal disease. A well-balanced diet equips your body with the tools that it needs to effectively fight against infection and inflammation throughout the body, including in your mouth. All-natural oral care products like those made by Dental Herb Company are another important tool in the fight against periodontal disease. Dental Herb Company products are made from the highest quality essential oils and herbal extracts, and proven to be effective in maintaining optimal oral health. Integrate these natural oral care solutions into your healthier lifestyle and see what a difference choosing the natural path can make.


  1. J Periodontol. 2000 Aug;71(8):1215-23. Dietary vitamin C and the risk for periodontal disease. Nishida M, Grossi SG, Dunford RG, Ho AW, Trevisan M, Genco RJ.
  2. Dietrich, T., M. Nunn, B. Dawson-Hughes, and HA Bischoff-Ferrari. “Association between Serum Concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and Gingival Inflammation.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 82 (2005): 575-80.Http:// U.S. National Library of Medicine. Web. <>.
  3. Effect of topical application of coenzyme Q10 on adult periodontitis Mol Aspects Med. 1994;15 Suppl:s241-8. Effect of topical application of coenzyme Q10 on adult periodontitis. Hanioka T, Tanaka M, Ojima M, Shizukuishi S, Folkers K.
  4. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jun;83(6):1395-400. Whole-grain and fiber intakes and periodontitis risk in men. Merchant AT, Pitiphat W, Franz M, Joshipura KJ.
  5. J Periodontol. 2000 Jul;71(7):1057-66. Calcium and the risk for periodontal disease. Nishida M, Grossi SG, Dunford RG, Ho AW, Trevisan M, Genco RJ

What’s Wrong with an Alcohol-Based Mouthwash?

The most frequent reason people use an alcohol-based mouthwash is to eliminate bad breath. Ironically, an alcohol-based mouthwash is actually highly ineffective, and even counterproductive, when it comes to long-term treatment of bad breath. While alcohol-based mouthwash products may kill germs in the short term, the high alcohol content reduces the amount of saliva in your mouth, which ultimately makes bad breath worse. Saliva’s primary job is to flush out potentially harmful bacteria making it difficult for the bacteria to stick to your teeth and gums. Saliva is critical to oral health. Without adequate saliva, bad breath will result, while the risk for developing gum disease and cavities increases significantly.

What makes a natural mouth rinse a better choice?

Choosing Dental Herb Company’s alcohol-free mouth rinse over one that is alcohol-based is more effective as a long-term therapy for bad breath and optimal oral health because Tooth & Gums Tonic® contains essential oils with powerful antimicrobial qualities for treating the underlying cause rather than merely providing temporary relief. Alcohol-free mouthwashes—also called mouth rinses and tonics—help to maintain the natural balance of saliva. This “balance” is critical not only for breaking down starches and flushing out bacteria, but also for assisting in the body’s natural digestive process. In addition, alcohol dries out the mucous membranes of the mouth, which can exacerbate bleeding gums and lead to increased tooth and gum sensitivity. Natural mouth rinses containing essential oils and herbal extracts can provide antimicrobial and connective tissue rebuilding properties, which can substantially strengthen your healing abilities and overall oral health. Essential oils have long been recommended for their therapeutic benefits in dental care because they help prevent infection, bad breath, and gum disease without the harmful side effects that are associated with commercial mouthwashes.

Natural herbal mouth rinse products are a safe, effective alternative!

A 2008 study published in the Australian Dental Journal suggested a possible link between the use of alcohol-based mouthwash products and certain oral cancers. Although the study was inconclusive, it drew consumer concern and confusion regarding the safety of alcohol-based mouthwashes. Nonetheless, almost all commercial brand mouthwashes sold in major retail outlets contain significant amounts of alcohol—some as much as 26.9%. While the health risks associated with alcohol-based mouthwashes are not clear, an alcohol and chemical free mouth rinse is less irritating to sensitive gums and tissue, and has proven to be more effective alternative.

Dental Herb Company’s Tooth & Gums Tonic® is a professional strength, alcohol-free mouth rinse. This all-natural oral rinse is an integrated part of a proven system for optimal oral health. Dental Herb Company’s family of professional strentgh antimicrobial are formulated to freshen breath and promote good oral health. Made with precisely calculated proportions of pure essential oils that work synergistically with alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs, these Truly Natural products reduce oral bacteria while helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Restore and maintain your oral health with the all natural efficacy of the Dental Herb Company – available online and through dental and health professionals who have evaluated their efficacy and recommend these products to their patients.


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  2. McCullough, MJ, and CS Farah. “The Role of Alcohol in Oral Carcinogenesis with Particular Reference to Alcohol-containing Mouthwashes.” Australian Dental Journal 53.4 (2008): 302-05. Web.
  3. “Does Mouthwash Increase the Risk of Oral Cancer?” International Oral Cancer Association, n.d. Web.

Holistic Dentistry: Natural Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Over the past decade, consumer interest in choosing natural alternative medicines and therapies has grown substantially. Holistic dentistry, also known as natural dentistry, is one area in particular that has become more popular. If you’re wondering whether holistic dentistry is the right choice for treating your periodontal disease, here’s what you need to know.

The main principle of holistic dentistry is to treat the patient as a whole, rather than just as a set of teeth. For example, the focus is not solely on the treatment of the symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease, but on the treatment of the underlying causes of the symptoms. By examining these underlying causes, symptoms can be eliminated in a way that is natural and minimally invasive.

Holistic dentists see all parts of the body as interconnected, and they believe that if an imbalance exists in one part of the body, it can lead to health problems in other parts. In short, oral health is connected to your overall health.  For example, numerous scientific studies have shown that inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases your risk for developing degenerative diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer1. Holistic dentists (also known as natural dentists) examine the diet and lifestyle of their patients, and explain to them how unwise choices can negatively impact the health of their teeth and gums. When it comes to treatment for periodontal disease, the goal of holistic dentistry is not to find a quick fix, but to promote preventative care along with a balanced diet to ensure long lasting oral health.

Holistic dentistry minimizes the amount of potentially harmful chemicals that we put into our body, such as the filling material in our teeth, chemicals found in commercial oral care products, and the food that we consume. These chemical additives can have a negative cumulative effect of which most individuals are largely unaware. Holistic dental treatments, proper daily oral hygiene, the use of all natural products, and a commitment to a healthy diet can all help to prevent periodontal disease.

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Cinnamon Bark

An essential oil that reduces bacteria, inflammation and irritation.

Dental Herb Company supports the field of holistic dentistry for its effectiveness in promoting excellent oral health. Routine dental cleanings and proper home care between visits can help people avoid periodontal surgery. Dental Herb Company Truly Natural products contain pure essential oils of red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint, as well as extracts of echinacea and gotu kola—all of which work synergistically to provide antimicrobial, tissue conditioning and anti-halitosis care for your teeth and gums.

Dental Herb Company products are available through thousands of dental and health professionals nationwide, as well as online. Ask your dentist about Dental Herb Company products so that you can experience the results for yourself.


  1. Goepp, Julius, MD. Optimal Oral Health Reduces Degenerative Diseases. Rep. Life Extension Magazine, July 2009. Web. <>. 
  2. Hayley, Boyd, Ph.D. “The Relationship of Toxic Effects of Mercury to Exacerbation of the Medical Condition Classified as Alzheimer’s Disease.” Food and Drug Administration, n.d. Web. <>.

Is There a Natural Treatment for Gum Disease?

The majority of dental researchers agree that gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection, and the body’s natural inflammatory response is responsible for causing damage to the soft tissue and bone in the mouth. Inflammation is a critical part of the body’s self-defense system, as it sends out cells and chemicals that start the process of repairing and healing the underlying infection, injury or disease. However, when there is chronic inflammation, such as in the case of gum disease, it begins to work against the body.

Over the past century, dental care has primarily emphasized treatment of existing gum disease through the use of systemic antibiotics and antimicrobial mouthwashes. While effective on a short-term basis, the eventual result is that our bodies develop a resistance to the antibiotics found in our mouth care products. The good news is that we have other options available to us that are just as effective in helping to prevent and treat gum disease that are 100% natural.

Essential oils extracted from plants have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of medical ailments. There have been a surge of clinical research studies exhibiting the beneficial and powerful effects that essential oils can have on our health, and the field of dentistry has begun to shift its focus accordingly toward natural oral care alternatives. Research has shown that microorganisms, like those found in the mouth that contribute to gum disease, “do not appear to develop tolerance or resistance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils”1 and that their power as antimicrobial agents does not weaken over time.

Dental Herb Company offers all natural oral hygiene products that use precisely calculated proportions of the highest quality pure essential oils and botanicals to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. These unique product formulations, which took over two decades to perfect, were developed by a dentist with advanced education and training in therapeutic herbology and holistic health. Available through dental offices and online, this family of all natural oral care solutions comprises of Tooth & Gums Tonic®, Tooth & Gums Essentials Toothpaste®, PerioSpot Gel®, Under the Gums Irrigant® and Tooth & Gums Spritz®. The extraordinary effectiveness of Dental Herb Company products is due to the unique way in which they are formulated. The products work most effectively in the prevention and treatment of gum diseases when combined with daily oral hygiene maintenance including flossing, brushing, and rinsing along with regular dental exams and cleanings.

What causes gum disease to worsen?

Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, but it is typically avoidable by simply practicing proper oral hygiene and getting regular professional dental care. Gum disease is the result of a bacterial infection caused by plaque buildup that irritates and destroys the gum tissue and damages the bones that support the teeth. As plaque continues to build up, it forms a hard substance called tartar, which further exacerbates gum inflammation and deterioration. There are many other factors which can contribute to the severity of gum disease, such as diabetes, smoking, poor diet, certain medications, poor oral hygiene and even pregnancy.2

There are several stages of gum disease, and in order to prevent each one from worsening it is imperative to treat it accordingly and in a timely manner. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and the symptoms are mild and include red, puffy and bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. At this stage the bone that holds the teeth is still healthy, and a professional cleaning will reverse tissue damage. The next stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, when the gums begin to detach from the teeth, pockets form, and damage to the underlying bone begins to occur. Once pockets have formed, plaque begins to accumulate there, making it very difficult to control further tooth and gum decay. In its most advanced stage, gum disease can completely destroy the underlying bone resulting in tooth loss.

Prevention is the best treatment for gum disease, and neglecting to practice proper dental care, including regular dental exams, carries very serious, and very real, consequences.

Is reversing gum disease possible through the use of herbal products?

Regardless of the stage of gum disease one is experiencing, the most important factor when it comes to keeping it in check is to regularly visit a dentist who can remove plaque and tartar buildup, help to repair existing damage and reduce the risk of future damage. No dental care product can replace the necessity for regular professional cleanings, but there are major advantages to cleaning your teeth and gums with natural herbal alternatives in between visits.

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A soothing essential oil that helps heal damaged tissue.

The anti-inflammatory properties of certain botanical oils are ideal for soothing painful and irritated gum tissues, and their superior antimicrobial qualities make them incredibly effective in treating, rather than just masking, bad breath. Dental Herb Company offers a complete system that assists in the treatment of gum disease by using pure essential oils that have powerful antimicrobial properties, such as red thyme, cinnamon bark, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, echinacea, gotu kola and green tea. Dental Herb Company products, available through dentists nationwide and directly online, can help to reduce, eliminate and prevent the buildup of bacteria that causes gum disease. Now that is truly something to smile about!


  1.  Meeker HG, Linke HAB. The antibacterial action of eugenol, thyme oil, and other related essential oils used in dentistry. Compend. 1998;9(1):32-40
  2. “Gum Disease: A Guide to Periodontal Disease.” California Dental Association, n.d. Web.

What is Gingivitis? And How to Treat Gingivitis Naturally

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that is caused by plaque buildup around the teeth, and though it is not destructive, it is still considered to be the precursor to gum disease (periodontitis). Practicing proper dental care and regularly visiting the dentist are necessary in order to prevent this oral condition from progressing into one that can be detrimental to the overall health of your gums and teeth.

The bacteria in plaque convert carbohydrates from the food that we eat into acid that can lead to cavities and gum irritation, and so it is imperative to brush, rinse and floss regularly in order to remove the food particles and plaque that is hiding between your teeth. Irritation caused by plaque can cause the gums to become red, swollen, and sore and sometimes even bleed, and if left untreated, gingivitis can continue to advance to serious stages of periodontal disease. Not only can gum disease cause uncomfortable and unsightly symptoms, many researchers, including those from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, believe that there is a strong connection between poor oral health and heart disease.1

The Dental Herb Company offers an effective, all natural way to reduce oral bacteria and maintain healthy teeth and gums. The family of powerful antimicrobial products is comprised of five different mouth care products that contain precisely calculated formulations of pure essential oils and organically-grown herbs that research has proven to have antimicrobial, tissue conditioning, connective tissue rebuilding and anti-halitosis abilities.2 The integrated herbal protocol is most effective when combined with regular flossing and dental hygiene maintenance. When practiced as directed, this method of therapeutic and preventative oral therapy can reduce the buildup of destructive microorganisms that can lead to gum disease.

What you should know about natural treatment for gingivitis

You can reverse gingivitis with the help of a dental professional and good oral care at home, so if you are experiencing symptoms such as red, swollen or bleeding gums, you can rest assured that, with a little dedication, it is a relatively simple fix.

The treatment for gingivitis consists of removing existing plaque and reducing the amount of oral bacteria so that it does not accumulate and lead to further inflammation. There is growing evidence that choosing a natural treatment plan is the healthiest and most effective way of controlling microorganisms that impair oral health. Using natural oral care products is just as important as maintaining a healthy diet when it comes to contributing to our overall health. Each time we brush our teeth, we ingest small amounts of the ingredients in our toothpaste, and many commercial toothpastes are loaded with additives that are potentially dangerous. Most toothpaste contains fluoride, triclosan, and sodium lauryl sulfate, which are all ingredients that are far from benign. Triclosan is an antibiotic and antimicrobial agent that can not only lead to bacterial resistance, but negatively impact thyroid hormone concentrations as well.3 Sodium lauryl sulfate is added to create the foaming action that we associate with toothpaste, but it can dry out the protective mucous lining of the mouth and cause canker sores.4

It is no secret that continuous and frequent exposure to antibiotics of any kind can easily result in an increased bacterial resistance and decreased efficacy, and this fact holds true when it comes to regular toothpaste. Natural tooth care products, such as those produced by Dental Herb Company are notable not only for of their lack of toxic chemicals, but because research has shown that microorganisms do not seem to develop a tolerance or resistance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils.5

Look to your dentist for the very best gingivitis remedy

Nothing can replace the importance of regular trips to your dentist when it comes to oral health, but there are some options to consider when it comes to exceptional maintenance in between visits. The 100% natural products from Dental Herb Company includes a Tooth & Gums Tonic®,  Tooth & Gums Essentials® ToothpastePerioSpot® Under the Gums Irrigant® and a Tooth & Gums Spritz.® These products work together to restore and maintain your oral health through the use of essential oils and organic herbs. Dental Herb Company products are made with precisely calculated proportions of the highest quality ingredients, and are available online and through dental and health professionals who have evaluated of their efficacy and recommend these products to their patients.


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  2. Shuman, Ian E., DDS. “The Gentle Art of Periodontal Maintenance: A Protocol Using Essential Oils.” Dentistry Today. N.p., 01 Apr. 2003. Web.
  3. “Triclosan Facts.” EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, Mar. 2010. Web.
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  5. Meeker HG, Linke HAB. The antibacterial action of eugenol, thyme oil, and other related essential oils used in dentistry. Compend. 1998;9(1):32-40 

What Causes Gingivitis and What are the Telltale Symptoms?

Gingivitis, caused by plaque buildup around the teeth, is the mildest form of gum disease, and gum disease is easily reversible with proper oral care at home and with regular professional cleanings. Healthy gums are pink, firm and they don’t bleed, so if your gums are redder and puffier than normal and they bleed during brushing and/or flossing, there is a high probability that you have gingivitis. Recent research released by the Journal of Dental Research estimates that 47 percent of Americans aged 30 and older has some form of gum disease.1 If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into more serious forms of gum disease that have the potential to result in irreversible damage, such as tooth loss.

You should make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth cleaned and checked if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Bright red, reddish-purple or shiny gums
  • Gums that are sore to the touch
  • Persistent bad breath that does not go away
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Mouth sores

Dentists are best able to remove the plaque buildup that causes gum inflammation, and in combination with good oral care habits like regular brushing and flossing in between visits, you can easily prevent gingivitis from progressing to periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to the more serious stages of periodontal disease. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that flossing is enough, although its importance in gum health is invaluable. Even if your teeth are sparkling after you brush, there are still decaying food particles and plaque forming at the gum line that are not visible to the naked eye. Daily brushing, rinsing and flossing are the only way that you can ensure you are removing these bacteria in order to prevent the gum tissue from becoming inflamed. In addition to this daily dental hygiene regimine, consider using a natural treatment for gingivitis, such as the Tooth & Gums System offered by Dental Herb Company. All Dental Herb Company products are blended with precise formulations of the purest essential oils and alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs, and have been proven to reduce oral bacteria and provide long lasting results.

Oral health care and natural alternatives for the treatment of gingivitis

In the 1890s, fluoride was first added to toothpaste for its cavity fighting abilities, though its popularity in mouth care products did not become apparent until the 1950s.2 Since that time, studies on fluoride have revealed that it is a highly toxic additive that carries with it a laundry list of negative potential health consequences such as arthritis, gastrointestinal effects, brain effects, kidney disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disruption and acute toxicity.3 Despite this, fluoride is still used in most commercial oral care products, as well as a variety of other toxins such as sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, food dyes and artificial sweeteners. Improving your oral health at the expense of your overall well being is counterproductive. Natural oral care products such as those offered by Dental Herb Company are a safe and healthy choice for consumers.

When it comes to natural oral care products, some might believe that they aren’t as effective as their alternatives. Some might feel that chemicals are essential in order to properly clean, and that natural products are just not potent enough. The truth of the matter is that modern clinical research has demonstrated the antimicrobial benefits of essential oils and organically grown herbs such as those used in Dental Herb Company products.

The most effective ways to reverse gingivitis and prevent periodontitis

Dental Herb Company natural oral care products contain essential oils and herbs that help fight oral bacteria and maintain a healthy, good-looking smile. Many studies have shown that our bodies naturally develop a resistance to antibiotics when there is frequent exposure and overuse. This natural resistance to antibiotics includes those found in commercial toothpaste as well. The good news is that microorganisms do not appear to develop a resistance or tolerance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils.4 Not only are natural oral care products an effective gingivitis remedy compared with other over-the-counter options, their antimicrobial qualities, in combination with their aromatic scent and structure make them a better choice as a long-lasting remedy for bad breath.5 Whereas most products contain alcohol, which can dry out the mouth, Dental Herb Company products use oils which cling to damaged tissue and promote healing.

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An essential oil that provides overall protection by reducing oral bacteria and inflammation.

Dental Herb Company products are made with precisely calculated formulations of the highest quality ingredients including organically-grown herb extracts like peppermint, lavender, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, echinacea, gotu kola and green tea. The 100% natural antimicrobial solutions from Dental Herb Company include: Tooth & Gums Tonic®,  Tooth & Gums Essentials® ToothpastePerioSpot Gel® , Under the Gums Irrigant® and a Tooth & Gums Spritz® that all work together to restore and maintain your oral health. The result is an incredibly powerful and effective treatment for penetrating the mucous membrane and improving the health of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Available online and through thousands of dentists and health professionals nationwide.


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  2. Church, Meredith. “History of Toothpaste.” Helium. Helium, 15 June 2012. Web.
  3. “Fluoride & Health.” Fluoride Action Network, n.d. Web.
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  5. Schechter, Bernard, DDS. “Time Tested Botanical Remedies for Modern Periodontal Therapy.” Dentistry Today Oct. 1998: n. pag. Web.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Facts About What Causes Periodontal Disease: The Most Common Risk Factors

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammation of the gums that is caused by a buildup of bacteria-laden plaque that irritates the gum tissue. The mildest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis which, if left untreated, can eventually result in the development of periodontitis—the most serious form of gum disease and the leading cause of tooth loss in adults 35 and older.1 The most common risk factors for developing this disease2 are:

  • A family history of periodontal disease
  • Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, menstruation, puberty and menopause
  • Illnesses and diseases that interfere with proper immune functioning such as diabetes
  • Poor lifestyle habits, such as maintaining an unhealthy diet, smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Improper daily oral care and neglecting to have regular professional cleanings
  • Certain medications that reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth

When not treated properly, toxins that are produced by plaque, in combination with the body’s constant inflammatory response, can lead to a breakdown of the connective and bone tissue that are responsible for holding the teeth in place to the point where the gum tissue and bone can become irrevocably damaged.

The good news is that the best treatment for periodontal disease is prevention—and it’s simply a matter of practicing good habits when it comes to your oral hygiene. Dental Herb Company offers oral care products made with the highest quality pure essential oils and organic herbs instead of the harsh chemicals found in most oral care products. When used as an integrated herbal protocol along with regular flossing and dental hygiene maintenance, Dental Herb Company products help fight bacteria that can cause gingivitis and lead to more serious gum diseases. If your gums are more red and puffy than normal or you have noticed bleeding when brushing or flossing, the Dental Herb products can help to reduce bacteria and prevent periodontal disease from progressing.

How natural treatment for periodontal disease plays a key role in a healthy lifestyle

There are many health benefits to using natural dental care products over commercial varieties, and consumers are increasingly becoming aware of this fact and making the switch. Herbal mouth care products are made from ingredients that are naturally occurring rather than those that are produced in a laboratory. Studies have shown that since microorganisms do not develop a tolerance to the antibacterial effects of the essential oils used in herbal toothpastes and mouth rinses, they are even more effective in preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease than commercial toothpaste that relies on toxic antibiotics like triclosan to kill germs.

The increase in consumer demand for organic and natural products has now extended beyond dietary staples and into the dental care aisle. People are looking for additional ways in which they can eliminate artificial ingredients and chemicals from their diets, and changing their brand of toothpaste is an effective way to limit toxins that have the potential to have long-term negative accumulative effects on the body. The majority of commercial toothpastes contain fluoride because of its cavity-fighting properties, but it can be highly toxic in large doses, especially for young children. In fact, in 2009 there were over 23,000 calls to poison control regarding fluoride toxicity from toothpaste.3 These toothpastes also contain the detergent sodium lauryl sulfate, which damages the protective mucous lining of your mouth and can exacerbate bad breath and lead to canker sores. In addition, many of the artificial dyes and sweeteners that are added to these over-the-counter oral care products have been linked to behavioral and other health problems.4

Of course, one of the last places you’d expect to find pesticides, cancer-causing chemicals, and toxic additives that have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease is in your medicine cabinet. Sadly, all of these toxins and questionable additives are found in the majority of commercial toothpaste brands5. You brush your teeth with the intention of keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but while you are doing this, are you exposing your body to a cocktail of toxins? The potential for long-term consequences that can result from an accumulation of these chemicals is cause for concern and reason enough to make the switch to 100% natural tooth care products. 

Prevent periodontal disease by paying attention to the warning signs and practicing proper oral care

In order to fight gingivitis and prevent it from worsening, it is imperative that you brush, rinse and floss your teeth regularly in order to reduce the amount of plaque build up under the gum line. One of the best ways to boost your oral hygiene routine is to use natural products, such as those made by Dental Herb Company.

Dental Herb Company products are made with precisely calculated proportions of the finest quality pure essential oils and organically grown herbs to work synergistically in reducing oral bacteria and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The unique Tooth & Gums System includes a Tooth & Gums Tonic®,  Tooth & Gums Essentials® ToothpastePerioSpot Gel® Under the Gums Irrigant® and a Tooth & Gums Spritz.® These products provide the greatest results when used together. Dental Herb Company products are available through thousands of dental and health professionals nationwide, and are also available online.  Dental Herb Company natural oral care products can help combat bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Ask your dentist about Dental Herb Company or order some for yourself so that you can experience the benefits of heathier teeth and gums!


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  2. “Gingivitis.” Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, n.d. Web.
  3. “Dental Products.” Fluoride Action Network, n.d. Web.
  4. Baker, Scott. “The 5 Hidden Dangers In Toothpaste.” Down With Basics. Down With Basics, 3 July 2011. Web.
  5. Turnbull, Philippa. “The Dangers of Toothpaste and Deodorant.” Positive Health Online, n.d. Web.