The Dirtiest Place on the Body.
It is common medical knowledge the dirtiest part of the body is not the colon or bowels but the mouth. The back of the tongue is literally teeming with pathogenic microorganisms. According to Dr. John Richter founder of the Richter Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breath Disorders, "more bacteria per square inch live [on the back of the tongue] than on any other part of the body. "The problem is that few people use a toothbrush to remove these bacteria. And even if the tongue were to receive a thorough scrubbing, many would remain and quickly repopulate the mouth. The Heart Disease LinkAt the 2001 annual session of the American College of Cardiology, researchers were stunned by new research that showed that gingivitis is actually linked to heart disease. "There is sufficient evidence to conclude that oral lesions, especially advanced periodontopathies, place certain patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke," stated Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania. The same oral pathogen Porphyromonas gingivitis that causes gum disease, also contributes to the inflammation along arteries and arterial damage that leads to heart and vascular disease.
Brushing Is Not Enough.
Most toothpastes work to prevent cavities by merely hardening the tooth enamel with fluoride or using abrasive salts to mechanically scrub away microorganisms from teeth and gums. The problem is that brushing is not enough to eliminate bacterial, fungal, and viral presence in the mouth. Such microorganisms typically hide between teeth and under the tongue. While brushing mechanically removes some of the plaque and pathogens, it still leaves 40 to 70% of microorganisms behind unscathed to later repopulate the mouth. Oral hygiene could be vastly improved by adding proven and potent antiseptics to the toothpaste matrix, rather than relying on either fluoride or scrubbing.
Antibacterial and Antiseptic.
Essential oils are ideal for use in oral care products because they are both antiseptic and non-toxic—a rare combination. Jean Valnet, M.D., who used essential oils for decades in his clinical practice, emphasized this: "Essential oils are especially valuable as antiseptics because their aggression toward microbial germs is matched by their total harmlessness toward tissue." Dentarome, Dentarome Plus, Dentarome Ultra and Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash use therapeutic-grade essential oils at the heart of their formulas. These oils include peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus, thyme, and a proprietary blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils, including clove, lemon, cinnamon, and rosemary. This blend was tested at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and found to dramatically inhibit the growth of many types of bacteria (both gram negative and gram positive), including Micrococcus luteus and Staphylococcus aureus. Even more remarkably, this blend exhibited a 99.96 percent kill rate against tough gram negative bacteria, like Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These bacteria, because of their thicker cell walls, tend to be far more resistant to antiseptics.
The essential oils of thyme, clove and cinnamon possess significant inhibitory affects against 23 different genera of bacteria. International Journal of Food Microbiology Essential oils constituents, such as thymol, menthol and eucalyptol, have been used in mouth rinses for over 100 years [and] have been documented to be antibacterial in laboratory tests. With the association of microorganisms and plaque formation, and [their] suspected involvement with carious lesions (tooth decay) and gingivitis, the effect of essential oils takes on a new interest. (Journals of the Soc. of Cosmetic Chemists)
The Truth about Thyme.
A comprehensive 2002 survey of medical literature has shown that thyme oil is one of the strongest natural antiseptics known. Researchers found that thyme oil kills over 60 different strains of bacteria (both gram negative and gram positive) and 16 different strains of fungi. Nicole Didry at the College of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences in Lille, France, found that thyme oil at even very small concentrations (500 parts per million or less), killed the pathogenic organisms responsible for the tooth decay, gingivitis, and bad breath, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sanguis, Streptococcus milleri, Streptococcus mitis, Peptostreptococcus anaerobius, Prevotella buccae, Prevotella oris, and Prevotella intermedia.
Clinical Research on Essential Oils in Dental Hygiene.
Over 100 studies have documented how essential oils kill the microbes that cause tooth decay and gingivitis. According to Christine Charles and colleagues in a study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association, "The efficacy of an essential-oil-containing antiseptic mouth rinse has been demonstrated in numerous double-blind clincial studies. Researchers at the University of Maryland have also stated in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology that "Antiseptic mouth rinses are well known for their antibacterial effectiveness and are widely used for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis and to prevent the formation of supragingival plaque."
Excess Abrasion Destroys Tooth Enamel.
The problem with many common brand toothpastes is that they contain very large-sized abrasive particles that can quickly wear away tooth enamel. Because tooth enamel is not regenerated by the body, its loss is permanent. It is never replaced. As tooth enamel is lost, the softer dentin material underneath is exposed and thereby greatly enhances the risk of dental decay and tooth loss. To preserve dental enamel, toothpaste (dentifrice) should have extremely fine particle size: Particles fine enough to not damage or abrade irreplaceable enamel, but yet sufficiently strong to remove the biofilm of dental plaque (caused by Streptococcus mutans bacterial) that can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and dental disease.
Removing Tartar Naturally.
Most toothpastes use questionable chemicals such as pentasodium triphosphate and tetrasodium pyrophosphate to control tartar, the scale that builds up on teeth and irritates gums, leading to gingivitis, tooth loss, and periodontal disease. However, recent studies published in the American Journal of Dentistry have documented the significant tartar-reducing effects of zinc citrate. Among these clinical studies was a randomized, double-blind six-month trial which showed that a zinc-citrate containing toothpaste could reduce tartar by 26%.
Essential Oils as Effective Antiseptic Mouth rinses.
Essential oils have proved to be even more effective as antiseptic mouth rinses than even FDA-recognized plaque-control antiseptic drugs such as stannous fluoride. A 1999 study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that an essential oil mouth rinse containing thymol, methyl salycilate (wintergreen), menthol (peppermint), and eucalyptol (Eucalyptus globulus) was far more effective than a stannous fluoride antiseptic.
Dentarome is formulated with pure, natural edible ingredients, such as vegetable glycerine, sodium bicarbonate, ionic minerals, and steviocide (a natural, intensely-sweet extract from a tropical plant native to South America). In addition, Dentarome uses an exclusive formula of uniquely antiseptic and antimicrobial therapeutic-grade essential oils to combat plaque-causing microorganisms. Dentarome leaves the mouth fresh, fragrant, and clean. Dentarome was tested at Weber State University and found to have potent antimicrobial properties against a wide range of oral microbes, including Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Candida albicans.
Dentarome Plus Toothpaste.
Includes a higher concentration of thymol and eugenol for extra antiseptic action. Thymol is derived from thyme oil (Thymus vulgaris) and eugenol is derived from clove oil (Syzygium aromaticum).
Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste.
This high-powered essential oil toothpaste has a special two-part essential oil system that has:
• Anti-stain whitening enzymes
• Time-released essential oil mouthwash
• Therapeutic-grade essential oils of Thieves
(EO of clove, cinnamon, rosemary cineol, and lemon)
• Low abrasion formula contains the smallest particle-size commercially
available calcium carbonate and zinc oxide
• Special tartar-control agents
• All food-grade edible ingredients
Patented Liposome Technology.
•Uses only water and lecithin
• Emulsifies and protects essential oils from oxidation
• Binds essential oils to the mucus membranes in the mouth for unmatched breath-freshening and oral hygiene.