How To Get Rid Of Gum Infection (Gingivitis) Naturally

Gingivitis is a very common and mild form of gum disease. It is basically a mild infection of the gums. Anyone can develop gingivitis and many people are not even aware that they have it.

Gingivitis is a real epidemic – about 95% of all adults suffer from periodontal disease of some degree during their lifetime. The source of the inflammation is bacteria that inhabit the oral cavity, infect the teeth (plaque), hardens and become tartar, so one of the best ways to prevent gingivitis is to get rid of the bacteria.

Gingivitis is characterized by redness and swelling in the gum tissue, bleeding while brushing the teeth, tenderness or pain in the gums, a bad taste in the mouth, bad breath, formation of pus between the teeth and gums and more. Depending on where the gum inflammation occurs, it can also cause pain on one side of your throat.

Chronic gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is more severe gingivitis that can lead to teeth loss and receding gums. Read on to find out how to naturally prevent and treat gingivitis to avoid teeth loss and receding gums.

Home remedies are a cheap and effective way to treat gingivitis. If you begin treatment at an early stage, home remedies are usually able to clear gingivitis.

The home remedies explained below are generally safe to use. You should seek medical advice before use if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any other medical condition.

If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, such as extreme pain or bleeding, or if your gingivitis isn’t improving with the natural remedies, see your doctor or dentist. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause more serious health problems.

Keep reading to learn how some different home remedies can help clear your symptoms, as well as how to prevent future gingivitis.

First – Line Treatments

First-line treatment options

Before moving on to other home remedies, you should make sure you’re practicing good oral care. If you aren’t taking proper care of your gums and teeth, home remedies won’t be able to clear up the gingivitis.

You Should:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you can, brush after each meal.
Opt for an electric toothbrush to maximize your cleaning potential.
Make sure your toothbrush has soft or extra-soft bristles.
Replace your toothbrush every three months.
Floss daily.
Use a natural mouthwash.
Visit your dentist at least once a year.
Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco.
Limit sugar.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to avoid gingivitis and other dental problems.

After assessing your dental hygiene, you can try using a traditional salt water rinse.

Salt water treatment for gingivitis

The results of a 2016 study showed that using a salt water rinse can be very beneficial in healing gums inflamed by gingivitis. Salt is a natural disinfectant that helps your body to heal itself.

Salt water may also:

soothe inflamed gums
help ease pain
reduce bacteria
remove particles of food
relieve bad breath
To use a salt water rinse:

Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of salt into a glass of lukewarm water and mix well.
Swish the solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds.
Spit out the solution.
Repeat 2 to 3 times per day.
Using a salt water rinse too often or for too long could have negative effects on tooth enamel. Long-term use may cause your teeth to erode because of the mixture’s acidic properties.


Mouthwash options to treat gingivitis

If the salt water rinse isn’t relieving your symptoms, it may be time to try a more advanced mouthwash. Remember, you should never swallow mouthwash. Be sure to spit the mixture out after swishing it around your mouth.

Although there are over-the-counter and prescription mouth washes for gingivitis, you might want to try a homemade mouthwash first.

Lemongrass oil mouthwash

In one 2015 study, lemongrass oil was found to be more effective than traditional chlorhexidine mouthwash at reducing plaque and gingivitis levels.

To use a lemongrass mouthwash:

Dilute 2 to 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil in a cup of water.
Swish the solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds.
Spit out the solution.
Repeat 2 to 3 times per day.
Lemongrass oil is generally safe to use, but it’s very potent. Always start with a highly diluted mixture so that it doesn’t cause further irritation.

Aloe vera mouthwash

Research from 2016 found that aloe vera was as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing plaque and gingivitis. Both methods significantly reduced symptoms.

Unlike other mouthwash options, aloe vera juice doesn’t need to be diluted. Before use, make sure the juice is 100 percent pure.

To use an aloe vera mouthwash:

Swish the juice in your mouth for 30 seconds.
Spit out the solution.
Repeat 2 to 3 times per day.
You should always buy aloe vera from a reputable source and follow any instructions on the label. You shouldn’t use this mouthwash if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to aloe vera.

Tea tree oil mouthwash

According to a 2014 study, tea tree oil mouthwash can significantly reduce gingival bleeding.

To use a tea tree oil mouthwash:

Add up to 3 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water.
Swish the solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds.
Spit out the solution.
Repeat 2 to 3 times per day.
You may also add a drop of tea tree oil to your toothpaste when brushing your teeth.

When trying tea tree oil for the first time, use a highly diluted amount.

High concentrations can cause:

an allergic reaction
mild burning
Tea tree oil can also cause interactions with:

certain drugs
dietary supplements

When to see your doctor

The sooner you treat your gingivitis, the better your chance of making a quick and full recovery. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause serious damage to your teeth. It can also lead to other health problems.

See your doctor or dentist if you have:

severe tooth pain
extremely bad breath
gums that bleed a lot
extremely swollen or inflamed gums
Your dentist may clean your teeth, and you may be referred to a periodontist. In some cases, they may prescribe medicated mouthwash or antibiotics. The dental hygienist can teach you to use dental tools and products to keep your gums healthy.

Rarely, surgery may be necessary to help heal your gums.

Your dentist may also call you in for additional cleanings and provide further guidance on how to practice good oral hygiene.


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