Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease. Which is usually caused when bacteria builds up in your gum. It is easier to treat at the early stage. This is because the bone and the connective tissues are not yet infected yet. When left untreated, gingivitis can cause severe irritation, swelling and redness of the gum. The truth is that if you brush your teeth regularly, you are save from this disease. Although I see no reason why a normal human being wouldn’t brush their teeth. The symptoms accompanied with gingivitis are swollen gums, bleeding around the gum, inflammation in gums and receding gums. The good news is that gingivitis can be cured with home remedies if identified earlier. Below are my home remedies for gingivitis.
Use Salt to Get Rid of Gingivitis
At first sign of gingivitis, rush down to your kitchen and prepare a diluted solution of salt. Swish you mouth this solution. Why is salt so important? Salts make it impossible for the bacteria to survive, it does this by changing the pH level. When used to swish the mouth, salt can be soothing. Thus helps reduce the swelling accompanied with Gingivitis.
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 glass Lukewarm water
Direction: Get a glass of water and add 1/2 tsp of salt into it. Stir well and swish your mouth with it. Do this 2 -3 times daily. This shouldn’t stop you from brushing your teeth always.
Or you can make a paste by adding a few drops of mustard oil into 1/2 tsp of salt. Apply the paste on your gum and leave for about 3 minutes. Its now time to wash your mouth with warm water. Do this 3 times daily.
Learn Oil Pulling to Treat Gingivitis
The first day I heard about oil pulling, I thought it was some kind of wellness ritual. I never knew its was as simple as swishing a teaspoon of oil in your mouth. It will amaze you to know that this simple practice holds immense health benefits. It helps rid the mouth of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes. The interesting thing is that, it helps make your oral health lot better.
- 1 -2 tbsp Coconut or sesame oil
- 1-2 cup Warm water
Directions: Using a teaspoon collect a moderate amount of coconut oil. Put into your mouth, if you have a solid coconut oil, you have to eat it for a while, for it to melt. Then, swish the oil around in your mouth for about 10 minutes and spit out. Wash your mouth with warm and spit the water out.
Use Baking Soda to Cure Gingivitis
Baking soda is one product that can never lack in my house. I use it for so many things, ranging from cleaning, facial mask and along side with other home remedies. Baking soda helps balance the mouth pH, making it unfavorable for any bacteria to thrive.
- ¼ – Baking soda
- Warm water
Directions: Make a paste with baking soda, by combining few drops of water with baking soda. Use common sense here, to determine the amount of water enough to make it paste, don’t over add water. Put the paste on your tooth brush and brush your teeth with it. Do this once every 2 days. Or you can make a paste of baking soda and salt – and swish your mouth with it. This is preferable done every morning.
Use Lemon Juice to Get Rid of Gingivitis
There are several claims that lemon juice is used in the treatment of Gingivitis. I believe this is because of it high vitamin C content and anti-inflammatory property
- 1 medium Lemon
- 1 glass of Warm water
Direction: First thing early in the morning, before your brush your teeth. Mix the juice of lemon with in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it.
Clove Oil to Get Rid of Gingivitis
The use of Clove Oil for the treatment of oral infections is as old as the hills. Clove oil has antibacterial and analgesic property, which is well suited for bacterial infections. It also serves a remedy for toothache.
- Few drops Clove oil
- Cotton Swab
Directions: Pour few drops of clove oil into a cotton swab. Hold it against the affected gum for a few minutes. You can also chew a clove everyday to get rid of teeth and gum disease.
Aloe Vera to Treat Gingivitis at Home
I grow Aloe Vera in my backyard. I have so much gotten used to it that I can’t imagine a life without Aloe Vera. Aloe vera used in various beauty remedies. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory – and used in the treatment of Gingivitis.
- Aloe vera gel
Direction: Slice open a leaf of aloe vera and scrap out the gel. Apply the gel to your gums. You can also prepare an aloe vera mouth wash.
Rub Tea Tree to Oil to Cure Gingivitis
Tea tree oil is a miracle oil and severs several purposes. My sister used it to treat her acne. It owes its healing ability to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. But before using tea tree on your skin or gum, make sure it’s well diluted, to avoid irritation. Since you are using on your gum, feel free to dilute it with your regular toothpaste.
- 2 drops Tea tree oil
- Tooth paste
Directions: Add a few drops of tea tree oil into your toothpaste and brush your teeth with it. Be careful not to swallow the toothpaste, because tea tree oil can be quite toxic when swallowed.
Sage is a Herbal Remedy for Gingivitis
An herbalist friend of mine uses sage and peppermint to treat gingivitis. They are both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. They help in reducing gum swelling and killing the bacteria responsible for Gingivitis.
- 1 tsp of Sage herb
- 1 cup od Water
Direction: Bring a cup of water to boil, add sage herb into it. Allow it to simmer for about 5 – 10 minutes. Strain and let it cool down. Use the resulting water to rinse your mouth. If you are using peppermint, repeat the same process
Use Guava Leaves to Treat Gingivitis
It will surprise you to know that Guava leaves are potent in treating Gingivitis. They are an excellent source of guaijaverin, an anti plaque agent. Guava leave also helps in treating gingivitis.
- 5 Guava leaves
- 2 cups Water
Direction: Bring a cup of water to boil. Add guava leaves into the water and let it simmer till the water goes half way. Then, strain and cool down the concoction. Rinse your mouth with the water 2 -3 times daily.
Or you can chew clean guava leaves for a few minutes. Spit it out and rinse mouth with warm water. Or crush guava leaves and rub the resulting paste on the inflamed gum.
Turmeric can Cure Gingivitis
Turmeric contains an active component known as curcumin. Curcumin is a well known anti-inflammatory agent and has powerful antioxidant effect. To use turmeric for gingivitis, make a herbal tooth powder using turmeric as the major ingredients.
- 4 tsp Turmeric
- 8 tsp of Neem powder
- ¼ tsp Alum powder
- ¼ tsp salt
Direction: Using a medium sized bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Store it in an air-tight container. When you are ready to use it, rub a moderate amount on your gum and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse your mouth with warm water thereafter. Do this 2 times daily for best results.
Now, you have all the remedies there is for gingivitis. All these remedies don’t take away the fact that you have to care for your dental hygiene. It easier to reverse gingivitis at an early stage, even without home remedies. There are few common practice you can do.
- Start by using dental floss before brushing your teeth. Doing this helps loosen any dirt that are between your teeth.
- Now, rinse your mouth with mouth wash. Do this before you brush your teeth. I have found that using mouth wash after brushing your teeth, removes the fluoride. This is not a good thing, because fluoride helps resist the acid attack, that leads to decay.
- Its now time to brush your teeth all the way up to your gum.
- Rinse your mouth properly with warm water.
With the above step you can rid your self of gingivitis at its first stage.
Here are some tips to prevent gingivitis.
- Brush your Teeth Daily
Its advisable to brush your teeth twice a day and after each meal. But most times its difficult to brush your teeth after each meal. So, settle with just rinsing your mouth with warm water. But do note that brushing the teeth before bed time is imperative. Because most of the time our mouth is usually closed and this will give bacteria time to breed. With that said, it’s advisable brush your teeth at least twice daily, every morning and night
- Don’t forget to Floss Everyday
Flossing does a better job at cleaning than brushing the teeth. It’s just as important as brushing your teeth. It cleans areas where toothbrush can’t clean and also prevents cavities. Flossing should be done before brushing the teeth.
- See your Dentist Regularly
Seeing a dentist once a while is paramount to good dental hygiene. The job of the dentist is to reach those almost impossible places in your dental cavity and clean it up thoroughly. A visit once every six mouth wouldn’t hurt.
- Use proper Mouthwash Daily
While choosing a mouth wash, go for the ones with anti-bacterial properties. I don’t usually dig commercial mouth wash. That’s why I prefer home made once. Using natural ingredients like baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
Some Other Tips to Prevent Gingivitis
- Most people never change their toothbrush till its completely damaged. I must say, this is a risky thing to do, because the brush loses its effectiveness overtime. The brush is meant to be changed once every three months
- Smoking is dangerous for your teeth and gums, because it affects your blood flow. When there is inadequate blood flow, it leads to low nutrition to the gums and can cause severe damage sometimes
- Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetable can not only improve your health but also promote great oral health. These foods provide the body with adequate antioxidants, that helps fight free radical damage.
- Foods rich in vitamin C are also encouraged. Theses food helps prevent gum disease and promote dental health.
- Sugary foods are the number one enemy of dental cavity. They are acidic, which promotes the growth of bacterial in your mouth. They most times leads to severe tooth decay.
If you are suffering from gingivitis, choose from one of the above remedies that best suits you most. Please also keep your mouth and teeth as clean as possible with the above guide. Make out time to visit the dentist once a while