Are Citrus Oils Safe for Your Teeth?

16 April 18, 2016 - essential oil research, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Infographics, Nutrition with Essential Oils, Oral Care, Vitality™ essential oils, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle, Young Living Resources, Young Living Team

With the ongoing debate about the effects of citrus oils on tooth enamel, we decided to find answers for ourselves! Led by Dr. Michael Buch, former section president of the American Association of Dental Research and Young Living Vice President of Research and Development and Product Management, along with his team, performed a laboratory analysis to determine if Young Living’s pure citrus essential oils affected tooth enamel similarly to citrus juices.

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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!




  • Laurie March 4, 2017 - 11:54 am Reply

    Love adding lemon or lime vitality to steamed veggies!

  • Tracy Thiem July 16, 2016 - 10:04 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for addressing this question. I recently had a cavity filled. The material the dentist used is a “mixture of powdered glass and ‘plastic resin’.” I asked my dentist if he thought my filling could be compromised by essential oils. He did not know. I love drinking lemon water and would like to know if my filling is safe.

    • Young Living July 18, 2016 - 3:24 pm Reply

      Hi Tracy, Thanks for your question. According to our research, essential oils should not affect your dental work. Please follow the safety and usage directions on the individual label. If you have further concerns about your filling, we suggesting seeking out the advise of a dentist that is familiar with essential oils.

  • Angela Crummett July 4, 2016 - 9:50 pm Reply

    I love using Lemon Vitality in my water when I go out to eat at restaurants. It makes my meal much better .
    I carry it in my purse with me all the time now.

  • Lori Culbertson May 9, 2016 - 8:49 am Reply

    Would the citrus oils also be safe for those with dentures?

    • Young Living May 9, 2016 - 2:54 pm Reply

      Hi Lori, Great question! If used according to the label directions, it should be fine to use essential oils with dentures. However, individuals may want to speak to a dentist for further assurance that their specific dentures would not be compromised.

  • Voshon Lyons May 1, 2016 - 8:12 pm Reply

    I love citrus oils in my water! I will start incorporating them more in my daily routine!!

  • Genise May 1, 2016 - 11:02 am Reply

    I always use Lemon Vitality oil in my fresh guacamole. And it is great added to fresh scallops as well.

  • Denise Kelly April 29, 2016 - 7:05 am Reply

    Thanks for that useful information. I like to put grapefruit vitality oil in my water for a change of flavor. ( I get tired of plain water) Anyway I often wondered if it was going to hurt the enamel on my teeth so Thanks again !

  • Sylvia P April 28, 2016 - 10:45 am Reply

    This is really good information to have! Now when I add my lemon vitality oil to my water and people say “you shouldn’t do that” I have a great response!

  • Sherian McCoy April 24, 2016 - 2:15 pm Reply

    Love this!!! I love Orange Vitality EO and Lime Vitalty EO in my water and tea and use Orange EO and Lime EO to diffuse. #heavenly

  • Carrie Baragwanath April 22, 2016 - 7:16 pm Reply

    Thank You for this post. I was curious if the oil really had the same affect as the citrus juice on tooth enamel.
    I often have lemon vitality or grapefruit vitality oil in my water. Today I tried adding Lime vitality to my water. I have found a new Love!

  • Teresa Ivey April 22, 2016 - 4:21 am Reply

    Tangerine Vitality will be my next additive to my toothpaste!
    Thank you YL for sharing this information.

  • Shirley Stetson April 21, 2016 - 12:49 pm Reply

    Not only do I put citrus vitality oils in my water daily, I often brush my teeth with a drop of one of the citrus vitality oils added to my toothpaste.
    I just had a cleaning and check up at my dentist’s the other day and was told “everything looks great. Keep doing what you are doing.”

  • Sharyl Sikora April 19, 2016 - 9:22 pm Reply

    Jade Lemon Vitality

  • Shirley Stephison April 19, 2016 - 12:25 pm Reply

    I added Lime Vitality to Greek Yogurt along with fresh cilantro to make a sauce to go with homemade fajitas. Yum!!!

  • Brandi Harrah April 19, 2016 - 8:34 am Reply

    This is so awesome to learn! Especially since I just started using two drops of Orange Vitality EO on my toothbrush with the Thieves Aromabright toothpaste.

  • Bonnie Kline April 19, 2016 - 6:18 am Reply

    I use lemon vitality daily in water. Now I’ll be carrying it in my purse to use when eating out!

    • Susan May 1, 2016 - 1:24 pm Reply

      That’s what I was just thinking instead of having the fresh lemon slices!

  • Donna McGovern April 18, 2016 - 9:04 pm Reply

    I Love orange Vitality and add to my coffee, scones, make an orange vinaigrette and have even sauteed shrimp with it! ( I think I have an addiction, )lol! My new favorite is lime vitality on my popcorn though!

  • Robin April 18, 2016 - 8:37 pm Reply

    ALL the citrus vitality oils are my favorite in water!! I’m looking forward to making my own toothpaste with orange vitality oil 🙂

  • Cyndy April 18, 2016 - 6:32 pm Reply

    Thank Goodness for this report, because I add orange vitality eo to my thieves toothpaste.

  • Catherine April 18, 2016 - 6:16 pm Reply

    Perfect! Glad to hear. I was wanting to use orange vitality this way but I was hesitant!! Thanks YL

  • Georgia Watson April 18, 2016 - 5:36 pm Reply

    They are all great. Tangerine Vitality is a favorite!

  • Bonita Shelby April 18, 2016 - 5:24 pm Reply

    I will continuey routine of adding Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality, Orange Vitality & more recently Lime Vitality & Tangerine Vitality to my purified water & apple juice!

  • Julie April 18, 2016 - 5:23 pm Reply

    Love them all!

    I’ve used lime Vitality, lemon Vitality, tangerine Vitality, grapefruit Vitality, and orange Vitality in a variety of ways.

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