Gum disease is an affliction that affections millions and can involve severe, expensive and protracted treatment.
However there are steps anyone can take to halt or reverse the effects of gum disease before it becomes irreversible.
Before considering the home remedy steps you should ensure you are doing everything possible to protect and enhance your oral hygiene.
If you are having severe symptoms like bleeding or pain then you need to seek expert help as gingivitis can create more significant health problems.
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene by Brushing Properly
Brushing properly at least twice a day – or after every meal – is an excellent way to preserve good oral health and to also help reverse ginivitis
You should brush for at least two minutes daily and preferably using an electric toothbrush to ensure brushing is done effectively.
Equally, you should floss at least once a day. To remove tartar and prevent or reverse gum disease involves careful flossing to ensure the gum lines and between teeth is properly cleaned.
But there is also a way to floss properly by angling the threat against the tooth, removing the plaque effectively, rather than simply running it up and down between the teeth.
You need to actually provide a mild ‘scraping’ on the tooth surface on both sides of the gap, ensuring that you get the most out of the flossing rather than going through the routine of it.
2. Use a Good, Natural Mouthwash
A mouthwash can make the major difference to reversing or simply permitting bad oral health to persist.
Regularly use an antibacterial mouthwash to help get rid of gingivitis-causing bacteria (more so than just brushing and flossing alone) and reverse gum disease. Look for a mouthwash that’s specifically designed for treating gingivitis, and rinse as directed on package instructions. Typically, rinsing for 30 seconds twice a day (after brushing and flossing) is what’s recommended to help kill bacteria, keep breath fresh and get rid gingivitis.
There are a wide range of natural mouthwash solutions you can use, some of which we have outlined below.
3. Oil Pulling
Believe it or not, using oil is an all-natural way to help reverse gingivitis. Massaging oil onto your gums gets rid of gingivitis-causing bacteria, according to a study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology. Researchers who conducted the study found that people who massaged their gums with sesame oil, coconut oil or olive oil every day for three weeks had significant reductions in gingivitis-causing bacteria and plaque.
Oil pulling is another natural way to combat the gum disease. A 2017 review published in the International Journal of Health Sciences notes that the practice of swishing oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes appears to reduce oral bacteria and gingivitis-causing plaque.
4. Cut Down on Sugar and Refined Carbs
Steer clear of sugary foods and drinks, refined carbohydrates (especially white bread) and sticky foods like candies and dried fruit. Such foods can stick to your teeth, and the sugar in them leads to plaque buildup. Instead of soda, choose water as your drink of choice, and consume high-fiber foods (like fruits, veggies, dried beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds) for your source of carbohydrates.
Severe gum disease can result in painful gums, gum recession, loose teeth and even tooth loss. Treatment for severe gum disease may require surgery and be quite costly. That’s why reversing gingivitis before it becomes problematic is crucial for a healthier, pain-free smile.
5. Use Vitamin C
We know that vitamin C has a variety of benefits in terms of building immunity but it also plays a key role in protecting the teeth and gums.
Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the keys to maintaining good oral health also, but vitamin C plays a key role in helping in that process. It can assist in the prevention of tooth decay and also reduce bleeding gums. It helps repair body tissues and assists in the formation of collagen, absorbing iron and healing wounds.
It can be taken orally or through foods like oranges and grapefruit, red pepper, tomato juice and sweet potatoes.
Reversing gum disease is dependent upon a range of factors, including age and how bad the problem is, however by taking these basic steps you can certainly reduce or even eliminate the problem.