Natural Home Remedies to Cure Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

"#Natural Healthcare Guide suggests some simple tips on how you can prevent and help cure gum disease by trying simple home remedies, natural herbs and a good healthy lifestyle habits to maintain a good oral health for yourself."

Gum disease
 is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue, it is a serious condition that starts as gingivitis and can progress to periodontitis. According to the British Dental Health Foundation "19 out of 20 people suffer from gum disease (gingivitis) at some point in their life making it the most common disease in the world.

During a typical checkup your dentist or dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline of all your teeth. If you have some signs of gingivitis, your dentist may recommend that you return for future cleanings more often than twice a year. Your dentist may also recommend that you use a toothpaste or mouth rinse that is FDA-approved for fighting gingivitis.

The gum infection treatment for a gum ball, the patient is numbed and the gum boil is cleaned out and drained of pus. An antibiotic chip is placed in the remaining pocket and the patient is given a Tetracycline 500mg prescription to take for a week. This causes swelling and the opposing tooth starts biting down into the swollen gums. In most cases with Pericornitis, the patient is placed on Keflex 500 mg for three to seven days and the wisdom tooth is removed.

Prevent gum disease by flossing between your teeth each day to remove plaque from areas in your mouth that the toothbrush can't reach. To prevent gum disease, avoid smoking and using tobacco, limit sweets and sugary foods to meal times, and drink lots of water to keep yourself well-hydrated. Avoiding frequent intake of acidic black cola type soft drinks will also help to prevent gum disease.

Flossing removes food particles from between and around your teeth, including debris that has gotten wedged into the gum. You may not be able to see these particles, but flossing can expose and get rid of them, reducing gum inflammation and eventual infection. Use an eighteen-inch piece of dental floss, with the ends wrapped around each forefinger and grasped by the thumbs. Push it up and down between teeth, moving along the length of the floss for a clean section each time you clean another tooth. 

Use a mouth rinse. An antimicrobial mouth rinse can provide extra help in controlling plaque. Listerine is a good choice.

Moreover treating gum disease with homemade remedies is possible, and can help to cure the various gum problems like gingivitis, periodontitis and several other problems that need to be taken seriously. The knowledge of these simple things will help you to maintain a good oral health for yourself. This will also facilitate in bringing awareness about the healthy gums and teeth and how one can use the easiest ways at home.

There are things you can try on your own to treat gum disease, but if symptoms escalate and you experience persistent bleeding gums, visit your dentist immediately. In the meantime, check out these ideas for improving the health of your gums.

Make a sea salt solution. Dissolve a small amount of sea salt in a cup of warm water. Swish a sip of the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out. Repeat several times. Salt water will reduce swollen gums and draw infection out of any abscesses. Add this mouth rinse to your twice-daily brushing routine.
Apply tea bags. Steep a tea bag in boiling water, remove and allow it to cool until you can handle it comfortably. Hold the cooled tea bag on the affected area of your gums and keep it there for about five minutes. The tannic acid in the tea bag can work effectively to relieve gum infection.
Directly applying the tea bag to your gums is more effective than simply drinking the beverage. Plus, drinking too much tea has a dental downside: discolored, tea-stained teeth.

Rub some honey. Honey has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so you can put it to work treating your infected gums. Once you brush your teeth, rub a small amount of honey on the problem area of your gums.

Given honey's high sugar content, you want to be careful you don't overapply it and do your best to put it on your gums only rather than on your teeth.


Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice can prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth, so try drinking up to 4 ounces of the unsweetened juice daily.

Make a lemon paste. Make a paste from the juice of one lemon and some salt. Mix it well and apply to your teeth. Let it sit for a few minutes and gargle with warm water to rinse it off.

Lemons offer a win-win solution for treating gum disease. First, they're an anti-inflammatory, which makes them helpful in treating infected gums. Not only that, but lemons contain vitamin C, which can help your gums fight off infection.
 
Eat more C-rich foods. It's not just lemons that can help with gum disease, but other foods full of vitamin C such as oranges, grapes, kiwi mango, papaya and strawberry are good choices, too. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and antioxidants are found to promote connective tissue growth and bone regeneration, which can be affected by various gum problems.

Increase your intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties, so be sure you're getting enough of this vitamin when you're trying to heal swollen gums and prevent the condition from reoccurring. Older adults should particularly take note of this vitamin. According to the National Institutes of Health, higher blood levels of vitamin D seem to be linked to a reduced risk of gum disease in people age 50 and older.

Get your vitamin D fix by soaking up the sun at least 15 to 20 minutes twice a week and eating D-rich foods such as salmon, whole eggs and cod liver oil.

Brush with baking soda. Baking soda neutralizes the acids in your mouth thereby reducing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease, so it's more of a preventative measure than an actual treatment for gum disease. Add a small amount of baking soda to a bit of warm water and mix to form a paste. Use this paste to brush your teeth.

Give up tobacco. Tobacco decreases your ability to fight infection and delays healing. Tobacco users are more likely than nonsmokers to have serious gum disease that doesn't respond as well to treatment and that leads to tooth loss.

While these home remedies are quite safe if used correctly, it is best to speak with a doctor before trying any of them. You could also try a few herbal remedies to treat gum infections. These herbs include
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Calendula tincture
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Clove oil
  • Echinacea
  • Garlic
  • Goldenseal
  • Hawthorn berry
  • Myrrh
  • Olive leaf extracts
  • Peppermint oil 

There are also several ways in which gum infections can be prevented. You could reduce your risks suffering from gum problems by –
  1. Following a good dental care routine, which includes brushing your teeth twice a day, as well as using a mouthwash
  2. Flossing your teeth or using an interdental cleaner, to get rid of food particles and bacteria from between the teeth
  3. Scheduling regular appointments with the dentist and undergoing a professional cleanup at least once every 5 to 6 months.
  4. Quitting unhealthy practices like smoking
  5. Chewing your food thoroughly during mealtimes, in order to stimulate your gums
  6. Restricting your intake of foods that are high in sugar, which could include sodas, juices, sweets, chocolates, candies, cookies, cakes and so on.
  7. Increasing your intake of foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as calcium, folic acid and zinc.
  8. In case your gum infection does not go away in spite of using home and natural remedies, speak to your dentist right away. 

References
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Gum_disease


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