The aim of this project was to determine the susceptibility of oral bacteria to tea tree oil, with a view to justifying the use of tea tree oil in oral health.
Tea tree oil has many potential applications in oral healthcare. However, little research has been conducted into the susceptibility of oral bacteria to tea tree oil. Since the market for oral health care products is large, the availability of effective and innovative tea tree oil products may be a welcome addition to the existing range of products.
This report discusses data obtained on the activity of tea tree oil against oral bacteria, including both in vitro susceptibility data and time kill studies. The implications of these data in relation to oral hygiene and oral hygiene products are also discussed.