Gingivitis • Natural Home Remedies

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and generally is a non-destructive periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the first sign of periodontal disease. You might experience soft, receding, bleeding or reddened gums.

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They may be sore and result in halitosis. Since we’d all like to keep our teeth, we must heed the warning. Take good care of your teeth, as oral health is linked to general health throughout the body and a beautiful smile is a great way to meet the world.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Reddened gums
  • Soft gums

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Unchecked gingivitis can lead to tooth loss and gum surgery. A dentist will give you instructions on the proper care of your teeth.

SELF TREATMENT

The substances and suggestions here are offered to you for further research.

DIET

Poor dental health influences your overall health just as the reverse is true. A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Bone broth for strong bones
  • Calcium-rich foods to keep your jawbone strong
  • Crunchy foods to aid in teeth cleaning
  • Dairy for the casein that neutralizes acid
  • Fibrous foods clean teeth and stimulate gums
  • Leafy greens
  • Onions neutralize bacteria
  • Shitake mushrooms for the lentinan, to fight plaque
  • Vitamin C-rich foods

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Acidic foods
  • Alcohol depletes vitamins and minerals
  • Coffee
  • Processed foods
  • Smoking
  • Soda
  • Sticky foods
  • Sugars

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

Green tea for the catechins, which fight oral bacteria

  • Alfalfa
  • Fennel
  • Guava leaf tea as a mouthwash
  • Lemon juice and warm water as a mouthwash
  • Peppermint
  • Peppermint tea as a mouthwash
  • Rosemary tea as a mouth rinse for bad breath
  • Sage tea as a mouth rinse
  • Salt water as a mouthwash (for its antimicrobial properties)
  • Thyme

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Aloe Vera gel as a tooth cleaner
  • Bloodroot
  • Calendula
  • Cloves
  • Goldenseal
  • Herbal mouth rinse
  • Holy basil
  • Licorice
  • Myrrh
  • Stevia
  • Use an herbal tooth powder: Turmeric, neem powder, alum powder and salt
  • Wheatgrass
  • White Oak bark

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath. For your teeth and gums, add a drop to rinse water.

  • Clove oil applied with a cotton swab
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Neem
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree oil

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

HYDRATION

Staying hydrated is important for good dental health in several ways. It washes food particles and bacteria out of your mouth, keeps your mouth moist which contributes to healthy saliva levels—which is also connected to fewer cavities. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Everything in your body is related to everything else. A 2005 study published in the Journal of Dentistry reported that regular exercise can lower the risk of gum disease. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are unwell, you will want to be careful, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stress can cause teeth grinding and gum disease (among other conditions). Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Massage your gums.
  • Mix baking soda with a little water and apply it to the gumline before brushing to clean, polish and deodorize.
  • Use a solution of hydrogen peroxide mixed with water and use as a mouth wash for 30 seconds.  Don’t swallow!
  • Oil pulling
  • Ozonated olive oil
  • Scrape your tongue to remove bacteria.  A popsicle stick will do, scraping from back to front a dozen or so times.

Brushing

  • Brush at the gum line, which is where gingivitis begins.  Brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth
  • Alternate between a couple of brushes, allowing each to air out between uses.
  • Brush your teeth two or three times a day, taking time to do it right.
  • Use a proxa (or proxy) brush to get in between the necks of teeth and especially for the back side of the teeth in the back of your mouth.
  • Use an electric rotary toothbrush that removes nearly twice as much plaque as hand brushing.
  • Use soft brushes to avoid irritating your gums.  Just brushing too vigorously can cause receding gums.

Flossing and irrigating:

  • Even if you use a water irrigator, it’s advisable to floss anyway. Remember the joke: You don’t have to floss all your teeth; only the ones you want to keep
  • Use dental floss before brushing.
  • Try tinctures of goldenseal, myrrh and calendula; tiny amounts in your water irrigator. Or mix up equal amounts of the three herbal tinctures into a bottle and use a bit of that in your irrigator or diluted with water as a mouth rinse.
  • Use a water irrigator, like Hydrofloss. Water irrigation will stimulate blood flow in your gums.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

People with gum disease are more likely to suffer from strokes and heart disease.

PREVENTION

  • Good dental hygiene
  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
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