If you don’t act fast, plaque on the teeth turns into tartar, which is much more difficult to remove. Both of these erode the enamel of our teeth and can cause tooth loss.
If your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth, it could be the early signs of gingivitis. And if you notice that the gums are swollen or reddish, it’s another sign. This is caused by the build up of plaque, a sticky film that is found between the teeth and at the gum line. Find out how to treat gingivitis naturally in the following article.
What is gingivitis and how is it caused?
The symptoms of gingivitis are swelling and bleeding of the gum tissue caused by plaque, a sticky substance that’s a product of the food we eat and bacteria in the mouth. This condition can also be caused by poor oral hygiene or an excess of certain foods (like coffee, for example). Plaque eventually gets converted into a yellow-ish compound we call “tartar”.
This process produces toxins that irritate and erode the gums, causing gaps between the teeth and gums and forming “pockets” where infection can occur deep down – all the way to the bone. This can loosen teeth and even cause them to fall out.
Some causes of gingivitis are:
- Improper cleaning of the teeth, like using a hard toothbrush, not brushing after eating, not flossing, etc.
- Emotional stress
- Hormonal imbalances, like during pregnancy, adolescence or menstruation.
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Diseases such as osteoporosis and diabetes
- Consumption of certain medications and foods, like blood thinners, antibiotics, and antihypertensive, immunosuppressive, or anti-epilepsy drugs.
What are the best home remedies for gingivitis?
- Make a mixture using equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and brush thoroughly with this paste. Especially concentrate on the area around the gum line. The baking soda helps remove plaque, deodorize, and polish your teeth, which leaves them whiter.
- Rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm water and a half a teaspoon of salt every night.
- Rub the gums several times a day using figs that have been cooked in milk or aloe vera gel.
- Have a piece or two of aged cheddar or swiss cheese after your main meal (lunch or dinner). You can also have a piece of raw, unpeeled apple.
- Make a tea using a teaspoon of dried mint, anise, rosemary, and 3/4 cup of water. Boil the mixture for ten minutes, strain it, and rinse your mouth with the liquid once every hour.
- Make a mouthwash to use every morning with a cup of water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. You can also drink this with a meal.
- Rinse your mouth with a tea made of three drops of lavender oil and a tablespoon of pure honey, diluted with cold or lukewarm water.
- Make a solution using a cup of hot water and two drops of myrrh. Drink this before and after each meal as a rinse.
- Place a handful of sage leaves in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let cool, then gargle with the liquid. This mixture has antiseptic and anti-fungal effects that help relieve gum inflammation and keep teeth clean.
- Add two tablespoons to a cup of boiling water. Cover and wait a few minutes before swishing as a mouthwash to fight the bacteria that causes gingivitis.
- Add two tablespoons of geranium leaf to a cup of boiling water. Let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid and use as a rinse twice a day.
- Boil a cup of water with two tablespoons of dried mallow root for five minutes. Rinse while the liquid is warm, several times a day.
- Blend half a cup of berries, half a cup of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a chopped banana until smooth. Serve first thing in the morning. The berries can help kill the bacteria that causes gingivitis.
- Add a handful of mango leaves to a liter of boiling water. Cover and let cool. Gargle with this liquid once a day. You can also wash and mash two slices of mango and chew them for five minutes.
- Mix an ounce of honey with 7 drops of lemon juice and 7 drops of peppermint essential oil for a daily rinse.
- Heat a tablespoon of arnica with mallow root and horsetail grass, in one cup of water. Let this stand for ten minutes. Filter the liquid and add 5 drops of sage essential oil. Pour this into a glass container (a jar or a bottle), top with the lid, and shake well before using as a rinse anytime your gums bleed.
- Mix an ounce of aloe vera gel with an ounce of honey and 8 drops of hydrogen peroxide. You can rinse your mouth with this twice a day.
- Make a tea using a liter of water and a handful of rue leaves. This mouthwash can be used three times a day in the morning, afternoon, and night.
- Mix a chopped tomato, spinach, parsley, two cloves of garlic, and broccoli in a blender and add one cup of water. Drink one glass a day.
- Blend a handful of strawberries with mint. Add some water if it’s too thick. Drink it after your main meals.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article on natural ways to treat gingivitis!