I was recently offered a bottle of OraWellness Brushing Blend to review. It arrived a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to compare it to the ToothSoap I’ve been using. I was going to write a nice, long post about the ingredients and how I liked it. Then something came up at home and I had to go 48 hours without a shower or brushing my teeth. At the end of those two days, my teeth were barely fuzzy.
That’s it. I’m sold.
Let’s be honest. If you do have to go a couple of days without brushing your teeth, you normally have fuzz after 24 hours and serious nasties by the 48 hour mark. Not that I WANT to go like that, but we’re (mostly) moms here and we will all admit that sometimes things come up where you have no choice but to put your own needs last. When things like that do happen, I’m glad to know at least I won’t have to deal with fuzzy teeth on top of everything else. When your teeth are fuzzy, that’s bacteria coating the surface.
OK, all together now…. EWWW!!!
Yeah, that’s gross. But with the OraWellness Brushing Blend, I didn’t have the nasty fuzzies. To me, that says it really does what it says it will do in regards to killing the bad bacteria in the mouth.
With OraWellness, I feel my breath is better, it stays fresh longer, and my gums look better. And the nice thing about the blend is that it can also be used as a mouthwash and you can put it on your dental floss, too!
OraWellness Brushing Blend contains organic essential oils of cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, clove, myrrh and manuka in a base of organic almond oil. Let’s look at each essential oil.
In a recent study, cinnamon essential oil had the best germ-killing ability against S. mutans, the bacteria thought to be responsible for tooth decay. (1) Cinnamon is well-known in tooth products and it blends very well with the flavor of cloves.
Peppermint and Spearmint
Mints have been shown in studies to kill the anaerobic bacteria of the mouth such as those that cause gum disease. (2)
Clove is well known for stopping toothache pain. I’ve personally used it before when I developed dental pain in the middle of the night, and I used it to help my kids through teething. If you’ve followed my blog for long, you’ll remember last Easter weekend when my husband developed a bad abscess and we used clove oil in a mud pack until the dentist opened on Monday. If you have a cavity eat into the nerve, your dentist might apply a clove-derived medication and place a temporary filling into the tooth and give the medication a few weeks to work its magic.
Myrrh is a great antiseptic for mucous membranes.
You might have heard of manuka honey, known for its healing properties. This is the essential oil from the manuka tree. Manuka inhibits bacterial growth and one study found that manuka inhibited bacteria from attaching to the surface of the teeth. (1) That’s probably why my teeth didn’t feel nearly as fuzzy as they otherwise would have.
The Bass toothbrush has soft, rounded bristles and the bristles aren’t packed as densely as a regular toothbrush. If you rub your finger across the bristles, it feels gentler to the touch. I imagine that it is gentler on your gums as well. The brush is reasonably priced at $2.75 each and you can purchase a Bass Junior Toothbrush for your kids, too. They also offer a four-pack of two adult and two children’s brushes for $10.
OraWellness offers a video showing you how to brush your teeth with the Bass Method on their site.
This is where I really love the brushing blend. You can use it as a mouthwash! Just put a drop into some warm water and swish. It’s nice to not have to have multiple products cluttering up my medicine cabinet, just the one small bottle and I’m done. And no worries about trying to find a mouthwash that doesn’t have yucky ingredients you don’t want in your mouth.
As an added bonus, it’s easy to throw this little bottle in your purse and take it along when you need to spend the day out and then brush your teeth when you need to be somewhere that evening. No worries about a bottle of mouthwash coming open in your purse and taking up space. Just one little bottle and you’re good to go.
This technique will help remove bacteria from your mouth and tongue to keep your breath fresh. It does a great job of keeping your breath fresher, longer than any other method I’ve tried. The OraWellness Brushing Blend gives me better breath after a couple of hours than any mouthwash I’ve used, including the herbal-based, homemade ones I have tried.
You can take one drop of OraWellness Brushing Blend and rub it across your floss. That gets the blend between your teeth to perform their bacteria-killing karate there, too.
Toothsoap costs about twice as much as the OraWellness Brushing Blend. One bottle of the OraWellness Brushing Blend is $22.97 or you can get 3 for $45.94 which is buy-two-get-one-free. Each bottle lasts 2-3 months. If you just purchase the one bottle, that’s $7.66 a month if you brush twice a day. That’s compared to Toothsoap which costs $24.95 and lasts for 4-6 weeks, working out to $16.63 a month.
If you purchase the three-pack at the buy-two-get-one-free price, that takes the cost down to $5.10 a month. That’s about the same amount you’d spend on an organic toothpaste that has glycerine in it, and this blend is far better, especially if you are trying to stay away from chemicals or remineralize your teeth.
After my experiment with this product, I will switch to using OraWellness Brushing Blend. My teeth look better and my gums feel better on this product than with soap.
Myrrh and manuka were new to me, but if you’re into natural tooth care, you’re familiar with using cinnamon, mint and cloves. The clove flavor is what dominates the blend to my taste buds, and I don’t think I’ll be able to convince my kids to switch over to OraWellness Brushing Blend until they’re a little older as the clove does give you a numb, tingling sensation after you brush.
My husband is trying out their HealThy Mouth System. I’ll report back on that in a few weeks once we can see how his gum pockets are healing.
(1) Filoche SK, Soma K, Sissons CH. Antimicrobial effects of essential oils in combination with chlorhexidine digluconate. Dental Research Group, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 2009 Oct;24(5):411-6.
(2) Shapiro S, Meier A, Guggenheim B, The antimicrobial activity of essential oils and essential oil components towards oral bacteria. University of Zurich, Switzerland. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2009 Sep;49(3):354-60. Epub 2009 Jul 14.