After all, there’s not a lot of mystery to oral health.
You brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and see the dentist.
Except that, sometimes, that’s not enough.
Maybe you’re not brushing well enough or flossing often enough.
However it happens, sometimes you end up with gingivitis and needing a gingivitis remedy.
The good news is that you’re not alone.
The better news is that gingivitis remedies are easy to find, and even easier to do.
Once you know it’s time to step up your oral hygiene routine…
What is Gingivitis?
You’ve heard about gingivitis, of course. You can’t get through a night of television without a commercial telling you about gingivitis remedies. But what is gingivitis?
In some ways gingivitis is very simple – it’s gum disease. That’s all. But in other ways, it’s not simple at all.
Gingivitis can cause redness, swelling, and even bleeding of the gums. Or, it can be practically symptom-less, so you never even realize you have it.
Either way, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious gum diseases, and eventually to tooth loss.
That’s what makes finding the gingivitis remedies that work for you so important. Because you can have it and not even know it until it’s too late.
Finding the Gingivitis Remedy That Works for YOU
Since dealing with gingivitis includes having to taste the ingredients, some people prefer certain remedies over others. Any and all of these should give you relief.
1. Aloe vera. The same balm that can help with a sunburn can be a gingivitis treatment! Rub fresh aloe vera or 100% pure aloe vera gel onto your gums, focusing on the gumline. Leave for ten minutes, then rinse with cold water. Not only will this help remedy gingivitis, it may help prevent the bacteria buildup that can cause gingivitis in the first place.
2. Baking soda. Have you noticed some toothpastes have baking soda as an active ingredient? That’s because baking soda is a well-respected gingivitis remedy! It can help prevent tooth decay, infections, and gum disease. Mix ¼ t of baking soda with a bit of warm water to form a paste. Spread it along your gums, and leave it on for one to two minutes. Rinse with warm water. Repeat two or three times per week.
3. Lemon juice. Not only can lemon juice help treat oral infections, it can help prevent them, as well, thanks to lemons’ concentration of vitamin C. You can either rinse with a lemon water combination after you brush, or you can make a paste using lemon juice and salt. Leave the paste on for two to three minutes, then rinse with warm water. Repeat four or five times a day for best results.
4. Oil pulling. This gingivitis remedy originated centuries ago in ancient Indian medicine, but has recently gained traction in the West. You’ll need a tablespoon of sesame, coconut, or sunflower oil. Hold that in your mouth, swishing it around, paying close attention to any irritated or infected areas, for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse with warm water immediately, and THEN brush your teeth. DO NOT swallow the oil.
5. Peppermint. More than just a flavoring in your toothpaste, pure peppermint can help reduce inflammation and bacteria levels. Crush peppermint leaves into warm water and let steep for 30 minutes. Once cool, rinse your mouth with the peppermint water two to three times per day.
6. Sage. Another ancient gingivitis remedy, you can use sage directly on your gums. Chop fresh sage – or dried will do in a pinch – and rub it on your gums. You can also pack it onto areas that are particularly irritated or inflamed. Leave it in place for two to three minutes, then rinse.
7. Salt water rinse. Salt is an effective gingivitis remedy because of its natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The easiest rinse available is a simple saline solution. Dissolve ½ t to 1 T of sea salt (although other salts work just as well) into one cup of warm water. The water should be warm enough to dissolve the salt quickly, but not hot enough to burn your mouth. Rinse your mouth for one to two minutes with the solution, twice a day. DO NOT swallow the salt water. Spit it out, instead.
8. Turmeric paste. This delicious Indian spice does more than just flavor a meal. Because of the curcumin in turmeric, it’s one of the most well-respected gingivitis remedies in Ayurvedic medicine. Combine ½ t turmeric with water, or vitamin E oil, to make a paste. Rub the paste onto your gums and leave for ten minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Repeat at least once a day until you start seeing results.
You take your health seriously. Why should your oral health be any different? Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Be proactive about keeping your mouth, gums, and teeth healthy NOW, with these gingivitis remedies!