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 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.

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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. <>.

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. <>.
  4. “Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil.” Mountain Rose Herbs, n.d. Web. <>.
  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. <>.

What is Oral Irrigation?

Oral irrigators were first developed in 1962 as an alternative to dental flossing.  Also known as a “dental water jet”, “water pick”, or “dental irrigator”, an oral irrigator uses a stream of pressurized, pulsating water to clean between teeth and below the gum line. As a result, harmful deep periodontal pocket bacteria that could not otherwise be reached through brushing or flossing, is flushed out and removed.

Oral irrigators for healthy teeth and gums

Adding an oral irrigator to your routine can be invaluable in the fight against gum disease. Specifically, oral water irrigators have been proven to1:

  • Reduce the overall amount of bacteria that increases your risk for developing gum disease.
  • Remove 99% more plaque than brushing alone, especially when used in conjunction with brushing and flossing.
  • Help control gingivitis—particularly in those who don’t floss on a regular basis.
  • Reduce the incidence of gum bleeding.
  • Improve bad breath.

Although oral irrigation was designed to replace flossing, dentists recommend that flossing remain a part of one’s daily oral care routine, as it is more effective at removing plaque than dental irrigation.2

Oral irrigation to the rescue: when flossing isn’t an option

Oral irrigation is often recommended for people who are unable to tolerate flossing. Sensitive gums, orthodontic appliances, diabetes, dental implants, and non-compliance are all reasons why oral irrigation is an effective alternative to flossing. For people with sensitive gums, flossing can prove to be highly irritating; oral irrigators are an excellent alternative, and should be used on a regular basis. People with orthodontic appliances are also good candidates for using an oral irrigation system because of the difficulty they tend to have flossing around metal wires. Studies have found that people with braces and other orthodontic devices who use an oral irrigator with a specialized tip after brushing, remove three times the amount of plaque as those who use a floss threader, and five times as much plaque as those who only brush.3

Because diabetes increases the risk of periodontal disease—especially if glucose levels are uncontrolled or improperly controlled—diabetics can benefit greatly from using an oral irrigator. Even when glucose levels are stable, diabetics tend to be predisposed to experiencing more gum bleeding and inflammation than non-diabetics who have the same level of plaque build-up.3

People undergoing dental implants need to be especially careful about oral cleanliness, and can benefit from the use of oral irrigators as well. Implant failure is a risk if plaque build-up increases to the extent that it inflames the surrounding gum tissue. Oral irrigation helps to reduce the overall amount of plaque, occurrence of gingivitis, and the incidence of gum bleeding.3

For those who are averse to flossing or who find it hard to floss regularly, investing in a dental irrigator is a good option. While oral irrigation is not as effective as flossing, it is beneficial if regular flossing has proven difficult. Using an alcohol-free antimicrobial concentrate that contains essential oils diluted with water can yield even better results.

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A powerful antimicrobial herb that helps stimulate the healing process.

Dental Herb Company’s Under the Gums Irrigant® is a professional strength antimicrobial herbal concentrate designed for dilution and use with an oral irrigator. It has been shown to reduce the amount of oral bacteria, and help reduce the incidence of bleeding gums while improving the condition of the tissue surrounding the teeth. Under the Gums Irrigant® is formulated with pure essential oils and extracts of organically grown herbs that are capable of penetrating the mucous membrane with greater potency and longer lasting effectiveness, while conditioning and rebuilding gum tissue. Extracts of Echinacea, gotu kola and essential oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and lavender, work together to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Using the professional strength Under the Gums Irrigant® after brushing and flossing is an excellent way to maintain oral health naturally. Under the Gums Irrigant® is available in a 4.1 ounce glass bottle, which if used once daily is approximately a two-month supply.


  1. “What’s an Oral Irrigator?” Richmond Dental Office, n.d. Web.
  2. “Buying Oral Care Products” – JADA, Vol. 133, November 2002 American Dental Association.
  3. “Irrigate for Oral Health.” Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 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. <>.

Choosing Between Laser Gum Surgery and Traditional Gum Surgery

Periodontal disease begins when bacteria and tartar beneath the gum line infect and inflame the tissues that support teeth. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis and can usually be reversed with daily brushing, flossing, and regular cleaning by a dental professional. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a condition in which gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. Advanced periodontitis is marked by deepening pockets often filled with pus, and accompanied by swollen gums around the base of the teeth. This condition can lead to bone loss in the jaw and a weakening of the ligaments that hold teeth in place. If tooth loosening occurs as a result, it is likely that tooth extraction will be necessary to prevent the disease from spreading. Because serious gum disease will not resolve without intervention, gum surgery may be required for treatment.

The benefits of LANAP® laser gum surgery

Laser treatment for gum disease is the newest and most advanced method available to combat periodontitis. The FDA approved Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) in 2004. Since then, its popularity has steadily increased as studies continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of LANAP®, and the minimal side effects and low risk of complications associated with the procedure.

LANAP® is a less invasive procedure for treating gum disease than traditional gum surgery. The LANAP® procedure uses laser technology to gently remove diseased tissue and harmful bacteria from the gums while maintaining the height of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Through variations of the laser’s energy density, pulse duration and rate of repetition, surgeons are able to remove diseased tissue and bacteria without harming healthy tissue. After cleaning the pocket, the laser is used to compress gum tissue against the root surface and the pocket is sealed with a fibrin clot rather than surgical glue or sutures. As a result, the patient enjoys a decreased risk of infection, sensitivity and post-surgery bleeding. LANAP® patients can expect a recovery time of 24 hours with minimal discomfort. LANAP® is the only procedure that actually enables regeneration of the bone supporting the teeth.

When LANAP® surgery is not an option

Some severe cases of periodontitis require traditional surgery. During traditional gum surgery, also known as flap surgery, the dentist cuts into and peels back gum tissue with a scalpel. By doing so, he or she accesses the roots of the teeth to make cleaning, bone reshaping and cutting gum tissue possible. Sutures are used to secure gums back in place. As a result of the gum cutting and suturing, flap surgery is more painful than LANAP® and requires a longer recovery time.

Fortunately, if advanced periodontal disease has not set in, healthier gums are possible through both types of gum surgery. Both LANAP® gum surgery and traditional gum surgery can be effective treatment options, so each should be discussed with a dentist to review risks and benefits. For either procedure, it is imperative that the patient follows all post-operative instructions to minimize complications.

Traditional & LANAP® post procedure oral care

Following surgery, adherence to an oral home care routine is critical to keep the mouth as clean as possible and to improve the likelihood of efficient healing and a successful outcome. Following laser gum surgery, blood clots will form. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots that form in and around the gums, as they are an essential part of the healing process. Do not brush or floss until instructed to do so by your dentist. Your dentist may recommend an all-natural product that is gentle on delicate gums for post-surgical treatment.

Dental Herb Company products are specifically formulated to reduce bacteria, inflammation while encouraging tissue strength. Dental Herb Company’s natural oral care products are alcohol and chemical free and are made with precisely calculated proportions of pure essential oils that work synergistically with extracts of organically grown herbs to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Talk to your dental professional about using natural oral care products such as these to help make the gum surgery recovery process as smooth as possible. Always follow your dental professional’s instructions.

LANAP® is a registered trademark of Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc.

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.


  1. “Time-Tested Botanical Remedies for Modern Periodontal Therapy.” Review. Dentistry Today Oct. 1998: n. pag. Dentistry Today. Web.
  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.

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.


  1. Relationship between Oral And Cardiovascular Health. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 2, 2012, from­ /releases/2006/02/060223082229.htm
  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.
  4. Herlofson B B and Barkvoll P. “Sodium lauryl sulfate and recurrent aphthous ulcers: A preliminary study,” Acta Odontol Scand 1994:257-259.
  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