Gingivitis is just one of many different gum diseases a person can have. It is caused by the bacterial activity on accumulated plaque and tartar in the space between your teeth and gums. It can make your gums swollen and red and when you brush your teeth, they may start to bleed. There are many different ways you can prevent and get rid of gingivitis without going to your dentist.
1. Brush and floss each day
Because gingivitis is caused by bacteria in your mouth the first step is to make sure that you are killing these bacteria before it can cause gingivitis. If you already see signs of gingivitis make sure that you are brushing your teeth at least in the morning when you get up and before you go to bed. You also need to make sure that you are flossing because you want to get all the food from between your teeth. When you brush your teeth make sure that you are spending at least three minutes on it and brush in small circles on your teeth. Do not forget to brush your tongue.
2. Using a medicated mouthwash
You should make sure that after each brushing you are using a medicated mouthwash. To make sure that you are getting the right mouthwash look at the ingredients to make sure they have antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Use the mint flavored mouthwashes because mint can kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis naturally. The mint should be real mint and not imitation. Two of the mints that are effective to get rid of gingivitis are spearmint and peppermint.
Most antiseptic mouthwashes contain a high amount of alcohol and if you have gingivitis already it might be best to avoid antiseptic mouthwashes as the alcohol could irritate your gums further. Once you have your gingivitis under control you can go back to antiseptic mouthwashes to prevent it from coming back. You can use antiseptic mouthwash several times a day if you want.
Home remedies for mouthwash include:
- Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda with a small amount of peroxide and rinse your mouth with it
- Mix a fourth teaspoon of table salt to a cup of warm water
- Add to a cup of water a few drops of different oils like thyme, clove, myrrh, and peppermint oil.
- Use water and three percent hydrogen peroxide in equal amount and swish out your mouth daily for about thirty seconds.
3. Use natural oils
Some of the natural oils that you can use are tea tree oil, thyme oil, myrrh oil, clove oils, lemon oil, mustard oil, and peppermint oil to help reduce the swelling in your gums. Here are some ways you can use these natural oils.
- Mix lemon, peppermint, and tea tree oil together and apply it to your swollen gums to reduce the inflammation.
- Mix with a tablespoon of mustard oil, a pinch of salt and massage it on your gums with circular circles. Do this for at least two minutes and then gargle with water. Do these two times a day.
4. Clove oil
If you have bleeding gums as the result of gingivitis you can rub clove oil on them. If you feel a burning sensation you do not need to worry as this is part of the healing process. If it hurts to rub the clove oil on your gums you can put a small piece of clove in your mouth to chew on for at least two to three minutes and then get rid of the clove.
5. Eat crunchy foods after a meal
Many times after eating, we are a place where it is not possible to brush or floss your teeth so the next best thing is to munch on raw carrots. They will help to scrape off some of the plaque on your teeth until you get somewhere you can brush and floss. You can also chew some gum that is sugar free. You can eat an apple sixty minutes after each meal to help heal your gums and clean your teeth.
6. Choose the right toothpaste
Make sure that the toothpaste you are using will kill the bacteria in your mouth and will remove plaque from your teeth. The ingredients should not be too abrasive or harsh on your teeth but will kill the microorganisms causing your gingivitis. The toothpaste should contain fluoride to help strengthen the enamel on your teeth and help to prevent bacteria from growing in your mouth. The anti-bacterial properties also help to reduce the buildup of plaque. In the store now you can find natural toothpaste that has neem as one of the ingredients. This ingredient has anti-fungal properties and natural antibacterial properties.
7. Vitamin C
Because your body does not store vitamin C you need to make sure that you are getting the right daily amount through foods that are rich in vitamin C and/or supplements. This vitamin is essential for your dental health work from the inside as a natural antibiotic and can boost the healing of gingivitis along with keeping your gums healthy. The best foods that contain a lot of vitamin C are vegetables and fruits.
8. Eat a healthy, well balanced diet
Make sure that you are staying away from sugary foods and instead eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially the leafy type of vegetables. You want to eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, E, C and zinc that are good for your body. You should also make sure that you are drinking enough water a day to keep your body hydrated. Do not always eat soft food, but try to incorporate crunchy foods in your diet. You should eat a piece of raw crunchy vegetable or fruit each day
9. Aloe Vera pulp
This is also another home remedy for bleeding gums. Break off a piece of aloe Vera leaf and rub the pulp directly to your bleeding gums and leave on for ten minutes then gargle with cold water. Try to do this two to three times a day.
10. Use a powdered mixture of peppermint, myrrh, white oak bark, and clove
To make the mixture use:
- One teaspoon myrrh herbal powder
- Two teaspoons white oak bark herbal powder
- Three fourths teaspoon powdered peppermint leaves
- One eighth teaspoon clove powder
Grind all four ingredients together and store it in a container that is air tight. In the morning and at night take a tablespoon of the powdered mixture and rub it on the affected gums. If it is too bitter tasting you can add a little more peppermint to the mix.
- Sugar-free cranberry juice each day to help the bacteria from spreading
- Green tea to get immediate relief from your swollen gums.
- Water to rinse your mouth if you cannot brush after eating.
- Squeeze one half lemon into a cup of water to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. If it is too sour to drink you can use it as a mouthwash.
- Strong chamomile tea to help reduce the swelling and inflammation
12. Baking Soda Paste
Make a paste of baking soda and warm water and rub it on your gums to remove bacteria but do over do this treatment. You should do it two to three times a week.