Gingivitis, also called gum disease or periodontal disease, describes the events that begin with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causes the gums to become inflamed (red and swollen) and often easily bleed during tooth brushing.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. In a person with periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. When this happens, teeth are no longer anchored in place, they become loose and tooth loss occurs. Gum disease, in fact, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Our modern diet of soft, over-processed foods and substances that decay tooth enamel all contribute to gum disease. Medical treatments include laser therapy, root planning and tooth extraction. Alternatively, you can try to cure gum disease with home remedies.
. Use a rubber bristle toothbrush or your thumb and index finger to massage your gums daily.
. Steep 1 teaspoon of dry burdock root in a cup of water until it cools to room temperature. After brushing, rinse your mouth with the liquid, taking the time to swish each mouthful around and between your teeth.
. Crush a few rosemary leaves and use during your daily massages. Rosemary boosts circulation, helping speed the healing process.
. Keep a small jar of baking soda in your bathroom and dip a damp toothbrush before brushing a minimum of twice a day.
. Add a drop of tea tree oil twice a week to your brushing routine. Tea tree oil acts as an antiseptic and an antibiotic to reduce localized infections.
. Apply 100% pure aloe vera to your gums before going to bed.
. Gargle morning and night warm salt water to treat the swelling in your mouth.
. Rub your gums with clove oil and just keep a clove in your mouth.
. Using a mouthwash with antibacterial properties will reduce the swelling of gums caused by gingivitis.
. Eat foods that have low saturated fat, high in fiber and Vitamin C. This includes fresh fruits and vegetables.
. Add 2 drops of peppermint oil to 2 tablespoons of water and swish throughout your mouth for one minute then spit out.
. Dilute some neem oil in water and use this as an herbal gargle.
. Add Omega 3 Fatty Acid to your diet. This oil that comes from fish is also used to treat gingivitis.
. Daily flossing is another important step in reducing plaque and preventing gum disease.
. Brew a cup of green tea to create a soothing mouth rinse. Swish the tea around in your mouth several times to lubricate your teeth and gums.
. Squeeze the oil from a Vitamin E capsule onto your index finger and massage your gums thoroughly with it.
. Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 cup of warm water and swish the liquid through your mouth after brushing.