Your mouth is your lifeline. Good oral hygiene is superbly important. But for some people, brushing and flossing twice daily is not enough to stave off gum disease. According to the NIH, gingivitis and periodontitis are the two main categories of gum disease. Both are caused by tartar, a hardened form of plaque that only dentists can remove.
Gingivitis is an earlier stage of periodontitis, which, if left untreated, can deteriorate bone, gum, and connective tissue. If your dentist has given you the talk about inflamed gums, you'll want to know these 10 home remedies to alleviate gum disease.
1. Salt water and peroxide. Dissolve a large amount of salt into warm water along with a touch of peroxide. Whole New Mom recommends using a syringe to spray the affected gums with the solution. This is called "irrigating the gums." If you do not have a syringe, swish and spit.
2. Oil pulling. This fashionable treatment is supposed to "pull" toxins from the mouth. Natural Society suggests using organic sesame, olive, or coconut oil. Swish the oil of your choice for 20 minutes first thing in the morning before brushing for best results.
3. Sage gargle. Natural Society recommends boiling 50 fresh organic sage leaves in water and gargling the cooled mouthwash several times throughout the day. It is equally as useful to drink sage tea. This works because sage is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial.
4. Garlic and turmeric. This potent combination is a fabulous anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Mix a mashed garlic clove with turmeric powder. Natural Society says to brush your teeth with the DIY paste the same way you would brush using store-bought minty toothpaste.
5. Tea tree oil. The anti-inflammatory properties in tea tree oil make it an exceptional treatment for gum disease. That's why Style Craze recommends adding a few drops to your regular toothpaste when you brush twice daily.
6. Clove oil. Tea tree isn't the only essential oil that improves gum health. Style Craze says dabbing infected gums with a cotton ball treated with clove oil can soothe the pain and treat the infection.
7. Lemon. Did you know this sour citrus fruit is a fantastic anti-inflammatory? According to Style Craze, applying a mixture of lemon juice and salt to your teeth can do wonders for your gums. Let the salty lemon juice soak into the teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.
8. Chamomile. If you aren't a big fan of mint, you'll love this replacement for Listerine. Follow the advice of Style Craze and rinse with cooled chamomile tea for healthy gums.
9. Aloe vera. It sounds strange, but going to bed with 100% pure aloe vera (not the neon green goo) on your gums can make an immense difference. Style Craze says as an alternative, you can drink two tablespoons aloe vera juice twice daily or use aloe vera juice as a mouthwash.
10. Cranberry juice. According to Style Craze, cranberry juice helps prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth. In addition to eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, drink three ounces cranberry juice for best results. Be careful to only drink unsweetened cranberry juice, as other varieties can contain astonishing amounts of sugar.
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