In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthful diet, with natural or added fluride, protects teeth from decay and keeps gum healthy. Tooth decay and gum diseases are caused by colonies of bacteria that coat the teeth with a sticky film called plaque. That in turn results in Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is a common condition characterized by symptoms like persistent bad breath, red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, receding gums and loose teeth. If not treated, it can advance to periodontitis and lead to further complications.
The simplest and most common way to relieve pain and discomfort from gum disease is to rinse your mouth with warm water mixed with some salt. Many more effective home remedies can be used to alleviate symptoms, treat gum disease and prevent further complications.
Here we shall discuss some natural remedies that can cure gum diseases,
Due to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, aloe vera has been found to be beneficial in dealing with gum disease. Being an antimicrobial, it also kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. Plus, it fights bad breath and heals mouth ulcers.
- Massage your gums with fresh aloe vera gel, leave it on for at least half an hour and then rinse it off. Repeat several times a day.
- Alternatively, swish some aloe vera juice around in your mouth a few times, and then spit it out.
- You can also drink about two teaspoons of aloe vera juice on a regular basis.
Cranberry juice is good for fighting gum disease and infection due to its high vitamin C content. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology has associated lower intake of vitamin C with higher rates of periodontal disease.
Simply drink about four ounces, or two tablespoons, of cranberry juice daily to help prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth.
This method has been raved about not only for curing swollen, red gums, but even reversing gum disease with bone loss. Oil pulling does just what the name infers – it ‘pulls’ toxins right out of your mouth and gums. It removes plaque build up.
- Swish one tablespoon of sesame oil around in your mouth and through your teeth.
- Do this for about 15 minutes or until it becomes thinner and turns milky.
- Spit it out and rinse your mouth with water.
- Repeat the process daily for about a month.
Myrrh is good for treating gum disease and maintaining proper oral hygiene because it has antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent properties. It is often recommended by herbalists as a remedy for sore gums.
- Put 10 drops of myrrh tincture in a cup of warm water and use it as a mouth rinse. You can also add a few drops of the tincture to a salt water rinse. Repeat once or twice a day for several days.
- Alternatively, mix equal amounts of myrrh and Echinacea tinctures. Use this as a mouth rinse. Repeat daily for a few days until you get relief.
Chamomile tea helps ease pain and inflammation associated with gum disease due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
- Add two to three teaspoons of chamomile flowers to one cup of hot water.
- Let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain and let it cool.
- Use this chamomile tea as a mouth rinse a few times a day until you notice improvement.