Gum disease is what happens when you have poor oral hygiene. The bacteria that builds up in the mouth due to lack of brushing and cleaning, smoking, poor nutrition, stress and some medications, leads to red and swollen gums, plaque builds up, loose teeth, receding gums, and bad breath. To reverse this condition, or at least reduce your symptoms to start, try these home remedies for gum disease, and you'll see a change in the health and condition of your mouth, gums, and teeth.
Not only is this naturally healing plant an anti-inflammatory, but it is also a bacteria killer, a natural disinfectant. Gel directly from the Aloe plant has been used for centuries to sooth and repair surface cuts and grazes, insect bites or rashes. When used in the mouth it can heal mouth ulcers, kill gum disease bacteria and freshen your breath. Simply massage your gums with the gel squeezed directly from the aloe plant, leave on for half an hour before rinsing clean with water. Repeat this several times a day. You can also use aloe vera juice and swish it around your mouth before spitting, but pure gel will work better.
Cranberry juice has a very high vitamin C content, and just a little bit of concentrated cranberry juice per day can help prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth and gums. Just two tablespoons a day should do it, and you'll not only be helping your gums, but it is also good for the rest of you, especially maintaining a healthy urinary tract. As well as the intake of cranberry juice you can also start to consume other fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, papayas, broccoli and red peppers.
As the name may suggest, oil pulling is pulling the toxins from your mouth and gums, using oil. Not just any kind of oil: sesame, olive or coconut oil will work the best, and organic is preferable. Other commercial use oils will have pesticides in them. This is a traditional Ayurvedic technique where you use one tablespoon of oil to swish around in your mouth and through your teeth for up to 15 minutes. The oil should become thinner during this time. Then spit it out and rinse with water. Best not to gargle or swallow this oil. Do this daily for one month, and you should see some results.
Pure essential oils have many healing benefits for the whole body. Using Myrrh oil to treat gum disease works because this particular oil is an antiseptic, which has antibacterial properties. It is recommended to add ten drops of Myrrh oil into a cup of warm water and use it as a mouth rinse, or you can also mix equal portions of Myrrh and Echinacea as a mouth rinse. With both, repeat the process once or twice a day for a few days, or until you find some relief to gum discomfort and pain.
Tea tree oil is used worldwide to sooth inflammation, both pure and diluted, but it is also used in many commercial products. The Australian Dental Journal found the application of tea tree oil gel helped reduce gingivitis and bleeding from the gums, with this in mind; it makes sense that using it as a home remedy it will relieve many symptoms and pain. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your toothpaste and use twice a day for several weeks, or, you can buy toothpaste with tea tree oil added to it. This is available at many supermarkets and health stores.
Tea bags can be a useful household product when you are looking for home remedies for gum disease. This is because tea is full of tannins. Tannin is a naturally occurring compound, and when found in tea they are called thearubigins. They are responsible for the high antioxidant proteins in black tea. For the relief of gum pain and discomfort, steep a tea bag in hot water for 8 - 10 minutes, remove from water and allow the bag to cool. Then place the cold tea bag directly on the affected gum area and leave for 3 – 5 minutes. Repeat a few times throughout the day for relief.
Rinsing the mouth with a mix of natural sea salt and warm water has huge benefits to inflammation. Sea salts contain minerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium and phosphorous. These minerals, in this pure form, work to reduce inflammation. When used as a mouth rinse and gargle, the oral hygiene benefits are extensive with aid and relief for mouth sores, swollen tonsils and sore throat, help with recovery from dental surgery and of course, gum disease, pain and bleeding, it even reduces dental bacteria. Half a teaspoon in a glass of warm water should do the trick. Rinse the mouth thoroughly; repeat 2 – 3 times daily, until symptoms subside.
Known as an old folk remedy, use to combat gum disease and gingivitis; the sage herb has many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking sage tea throughout the day can benefit not only your gums as it passes through the mouth but your entire body. A more specific way to make sure the sage brew covers your gums is to use it as a decoction. This is when you create a concentrated piqued from boiling medicinal plants. Boiling around 50 fresh, and preferably organic, sage leaves in distilled water can create a perfect mouthwash. Gargle this several times a day, and your gums will thank you. Please be careful not to swallow it.
Looking in your spice cupboard, you will find many wonderful things to help fight gum disease. Both garlic and turmeric have antibacterial properties, and turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory fighter. You can peel and cut a garlic clove in half and rub it gently directly onto the affected area of the gum, but alternatively, you can crush the garlic clove, mix it up with a bit of turmeric powder to form a paste. Use it like toothpaste and move it around the gums. Leave this paste in the mouth for a few minute sand them rinse clean.
Hydrogen peroxide may seem a little extreme as a home remedy for gum disease because it is such a highly concentrated chemical, but when used within proper guidelines, it can work well. Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent, which works by killing off germs and preventing gum disease, mixing this commercial chemical, (not the concentrated version) with bicarbonate soda, or baking powder will form a paste, once you have gradually blended the two substances, it will form a paste that you can use on your toothbrush to gently brush your teeth and gums. Spit and rinse, be careful not to swallow. Do this process once a day only, and you should see some improvement.
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