[Effect of Mouthwashing With Tea Tree Oil on Plaque and Inflammation]

Schweiz Monatsschr Zahnmed. 2003;113(9):985-96.
[Article in French, German]


The tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) has antiseptic, fungicide and bactericide effects. The efficiency against oral bacteria was also evident. Xylitol is known for counterattacking the cariogenic effect caused by the streptococcus mutans. Less plaque was developed during the time of the study.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / therapeutic use*
  • Dental Plaque / prevention & control*
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Gingivitis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouthwashes / therapeutic use*
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Tea Tree Oil / therapeutic use*


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Mouthwashes
  • Tea Tree Oil