The HealThy Mouth Blend’s Long Road to Organic Certification

We are officially THRILLED to share some big (we mean BIG) news with you today!

After literally years of work towards this goal, we’re honored and excited to announce that our HealThy Mouth Blend is made from 100% (yep, 100%) certified organic ingredients, and it now proudly sports the official USDA certified organic logo!!

Since you’re like us and into healthy living, you probably already know that products made with certified organic ingredients are better for us.  However, just in case you’re new to the benefits of organic, we’ll share some of the many reasons why organic is better.

Then, we’ll explore some high points about our HealThy Mouth Blend.

Why organic is just better

When we both began eating organic foods many years ago, there really wasn’t much science behind the superiority of organic products.  However, now there are decades of research that clearly shows that organic products are superior for several reasons.

Here are a few:

Plants that are grown organically are nutritionally superior.
On average, plants grown organically contain 19-69% more phytonutrients (like antioxidants) than their conventionally-grown counterparts.
Organic plants aren’t sprayed with heavy-duty pesticides and herbicides.
Sure, there are natural pesticides that organic farmers will use. But the whole approach of organic agriculture is to grow healthier plants that are naturally more pest-resistant.
Organic plants are GMO-free.
This may be the biggest benefit of organic products.  While increased nutrition is also important, we believe that avoiding GMOs is critically important for anyone seriously looking to reach for greater health and wellness.

Why 100% certified organic ingredients?

If you’ve been into healthy living for a while, you probably already know that in order for a product to qualify for organic certification, its ingredients must be at least 95% organic.

In other words, up to 5% of the ingredients in a certified organic product can be conventionally grown.

Our HealThy Mouth Blend has always been made of mostly organic ingredients, except for the wildcrafted manuka essential oil.

Part of the reason why this organic certification is such a HUGE celebration for us is because of some very fine print in the requirements that states, ‘oh, by the way, if your product contains manuka, the manuka must also be certified organic.’

This proved to be quite a challenge for us because, as you may know, manuka tends to be a wildcrafted (not usually farmed) plant.

So, we were getting ready to submit an appeal to the USDA (and we were wishing someone had an administrative army we could borrow).  But thankfully, after lots of searching, we finally found a company that produces certified organic manuka essential oil.

All this to say that even though organic certification only requires 95% organic ingredients (aside from manuka essential oil 🙂 ), we chose to make our HealThy Mouth Blend from 100% certified organic ingredients.

The 5 main ways the HealThy Mouth Blend supports optimal oral health

As we shared in our article ‘What’s in the healthy mouth blend and why is it so effective?’, the main function of our HealThy Mouth Blend is to help us balance our oral flora and so we can be a good conductor of the symphony of microbes in our mouths.

Here are the 5 main ways the HealThy Mouth Blend helps us be good conductors of this microbial symphony:

Increased adhesion inhibition – the manuka oil makes it more difficult for thug bugs–and the plaque that they create–to adhere to the surfaces in our mouths.
Disrupts quorum sensing – the clove oil scrambles the communication between thug bugs, making it more difficult for them to work together.
Balances oral flora – the blend targets specific thug bugs without compromising the diversity of the oral microbiome.
Reduces plaque formation – the blend helps us maintain thin plaque biofilms.
Increases saliva production – the essential oils in the blend temporarily stimulate our salivary glands, causing the glands to produce some saliva (and saliva is critically important for remineralizing teeth and stopping tooth decay and gum disease).

If you’d like to take a deeper dive into this, be sure to check out our article, ‘Are essential oils bad for the mouth?’ In it, we explore what the scientific literature really says on the risks vs. benefits of essential oil-based oral health products.

The 4 powerful ways you can use the blend to optimize your oral health

We’ve identified 4 main ways you can use the HealThy Mouth Blend (did we mention it’s made with 100% certified organic ingredients? 🙂 ), to help optimize your oral health.

Brush – Just add a few drops to your toothbrush bristles and brush as normal.  Here’s a video that discusses the benefits of brushing with our Healthy Mouth Blend.
Floss – Add a drop to your floss so that as you’re flossing, the blend gets a little deeper into the gum pockets. This is the MOST powerful strategy for anyone dealing with gum disease.  Here’s a quick video tutorial that shows how to apply HealThy Mouth Blend to your floss.
Swish – Simply add a drop to a shot glass of water and you have a simple yet powerful mouthwash alternative.  No separate mouthwash products necessary!
Direct massage – If you know you have a stressed area on your gums, placing a drop on your finger and gently massaging the stressed tissue can make a world of difference.  This can be great after a rough visit to the dentist, for calming abscesses that are trying to erupt, and even for soothing cold sores!

If you can stomach an old but still helpful resource, here’s a link to our vintage video that shows these 4 strategies.

Feel free to experiment with the different strategies and just use the ones that best suit your needs.

Praise for the Healthy Mouth Blend

While we are blessed to hear lots and lots of ways that our customers benefit from using our blend, here are the most commonly discussed benefits.

Stops bleeding gums – A complete blessing for anyone with advancing gum disease.
Reduces (and sometimes eliminates) tooth sensitivity – While our other toothpaste alternative, Shine, is more geared towards eliminating tooth sensitivity, customers also regularly report that they experienced this benefit from using our HealThy Mouth Blend.
Stops bad breath – The blend helps to balance the oral flora, and having a healthier microbial community creates fresher breath.
Stops active tooth decay – Again, while OraWellness Shine is really our ‘go-to’ product for addressing tooth decay, many customers have reported that after consistently using the HealThy Mouth Blend, their dentist confirmed that the active decay they’d been experiencing stopped.

If you’d like to read the tons of customer testimonials, here’s a link to our testimonials page.  Our personal favorites are the ‘after the dental visit’ ones!

Most common Healthy Mouth Blend questions

Let’s close this ‘3 cheers for the certified organic HealThy Mouth Blend’ article with the most common questions we get from customers about our HealThy Mouth Blend.

Do I use the HealThy Mouth Blend with my normal toothpaste and/or mouthwash, or instead of them?

It’s really up to you. The blend is intended to be an alternative to conventional oral hygiene products. Most folks brush with it instead of their normal toothpaste (and/or swish with it instead of their normal mouthwash), but there are some people who prefer to use the blend in conjunction with their other products.

But we do like to encourage everyone to be mindful of (and choosy about) the ingredients in their oral hygiene products.

Do I use the HealThy Mouth Blend with my OraWellness Shine, or by itself?

Feel free to experiment and see what works best for you. Many customers enjoy using the HealThy Mouth Blend and Shine together, at the same time. But there are some folks who prefer to use one or the other, or one at night and the other in the morning, or to brush with the blend first and then with Shine, etc.

Here’s a link to a blog entry that explains more on how to use the HealThy Mouth Blend and Shine together.

How do I get the drops onto my toothbrush?

Simply invert the bottle fully upside down over your toothbrush bristles (with the lid off, of course), wait 2 to 3 seconds, and the drops should begin to flow.

Does the HealThy Mouth Blend damage the ‘good bugs’ in my mouth?

We consider this to be such an important question, we’ve answered it several times.

Here’s the research…

“Long-term use of an EO [essential oil] mouthwash is microbiologically safe, with no changes observed in the bacterial composition of supragingival plaque,
and no evidence of antimicrobial resistance.”
Dr PD Marsh, author of Oral Microbiology

We recently took a deep dive into what the research really says on the safety of using essential oils in the mouth (specifically for our oral microbiome) in our article, ‘Are essential oils safe to use in the mouth?’.  In addition to this article, you may find benefit from these other FAQs:

Does the HealThy Mouth Blend damage the ‘good bugs’ in my mouth?
Are essential oils bad for the oral microbiome?
Does the HealThy Mouth Blend kill the good bugs too?

Is the HealThy Mouth Blend safe for children to use?

This is another important question to answer thoroughly.

Yes, our HealThy Mouth Blend is safe for children to use.  But is it necessary?

Most children find our blend too ‘spicy’ for their young mouths. We take this to mean that they probably don’t need the strength of the blend to help them navigate to greater oral health.

Here’s the full FAQ answer.

Let’s raise a glass together…

Anyway, thank you for  helping us celebrate this milestone of finally achieving USDA organic certification for the HealThy Mouth Blend.  It’s been a long journey for us and we couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement along the way.

Truly, without you here, we wouldn’t be doing this research and product development.  Knowing that our work serves you along your path is such a fulfilling mission for us.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

P.S.  If you have comments or something to add to the conversation, PLEASE share the comments section below!

Helpful, Related Resources:

OraWellness Healthy Mouth Blend [[product solution]]
“What’s in the HealThy Mouth Blend and why is it so effective?” [FAQ article]
Are essential oils safe to use in the mouth? [FAQ article]
How to balance your oral flora [article]
Can some plaques actually help our teeth stay healthy? [article]
Is the key to greater oral health already in your mouth? [article]
How to brush your teeth to reduce tooth decay
How to floss your teeth and not damage your gums
OraWellness ‘after the dentist’ testimonials [customer testimonials]
How to determine if an oral hygiene product is safe to use in the mouth [article]
How to use OraWellness Shine and Healthy Mouth Blend together [article]

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