Here’s the BIG question of the month.
Do citrus essential oils cause tooth enamel erosion???
Because citrus JUICE has been proven to cause tooth enamel erosion, there have been some questions about the effect of citrus essential oils on teeth as well.
As part of Young Living’s unwavering commitment to quality and safety, our Research and Development team — led by renowned oral care expert and former Section President of the American Association of Dental Research Dr. Michael Buch — performed a series of laboratory tests to determine if citrus essential oils, like citrus juices, significantly lower pH levels in the mouth.
Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Orange and Grapefruit essential oils and juices were all tested.
Each of the fruit juices was found to be at least 10X more acidic than its corresponding Young Living essential oil. In fact, the Young Living essential oils caused only minimal pH changes to the water (averaging less than 1pH unit.)
The bad news? Citrus juice does indeed erode tooth enamel over time.
The good news? It’s safe to continue enjoying citrus taste by adding Young Living essential citrus oils to beverages instead of drinking a glass of orange juice or by squeezing a wedge of lemon into water.
Now that you’ve got the facts, which of our delicious citrus Vitality essential oils will you be adding to your next recipe? Let us know in the comments!