[toc]Gingivitis is a gum disease which starts with bacterial growth in the mouth and if not properly treated on time may lead to teeth decay and loss. If left untreated it leads to periodontitis. Due to build up of bacteria the gums become inflamed and start bleeding at the time of brushing.
The causes of gingivitis may be due to certain medications, certain illnesses, hormonal changes, smoking, poor oral hygiene, heredity etc. The symptoms of gingivitis are bleeding gums during brushing, inflammation of the gums, bad breath, formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums, in severe cases there may be also loss of teeth. Certain home remedies when used regularly can be beneficial in treating gingivitis.
5 Best Home Remedies For Gingivitis
Salt Water Gargle
Take a pinch of salt and add it to lukewarm water and gargle twice daily in the morning and evening. It is an effective dentifrice i.e., it contains fluoride which inhibit dental caries by making the teeth more resistant to plaque bacteria and sugars present in mouth and also prevents tooth decay. The antiseptic properties in salt prove beneficial in treating inflammation and infection.
In a cup of water add one tablespoon of clove powder and boil it, when lukewarm strain the mixture and gargle every night before going to bed. The antioxidant properties of clove boost the immune system and makes healing faster.
Anti inflammatory properties alleviates inflammation and reduces swelling, pain. Antiseptic properties of clove inhibit the growth and development of microorganisms. All the above properties prove beneficial in treating gingivitis.
Aloe Vera Gel
Remove the gel from the leaf of aloe vera and apply it on the affected area and rinse with drinking water or you can also put the gel in hot water as hot as per your requirement and gargle with the same. The anti inflammatory properties of aloe vera help in reducing the signs of inflammation such as swelling, tenderness, pain etc.
The antioxidant properties boost the immune system thus making healing faster.Anti septic properties inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms thus proves beneficial in treating infections. If you are allergic to garlic, onion or other types of plants in the alliaceae family, then please don’t apply aloe vera gel.
Burn a piece or turmeric, grind it and apply it on the affected area. The anti inflammatory properties of aloe vera helps in reducing the signs of inflammation such as swelling, tenderness and the analgesic properties proves beneficial in reducing pain.
The antioxidant properties boost the immune system thus making heal faster. Anti septic properties inhibit the growth and development of microorganisms thus proves beneficial in treating infections.
Life Style Changes
Quit smoking, tobacco. Avoid having excess sugar. Also see to it that you brush your teeth twice daily especially before going to bed as the bacteria present is removed immediately without further developing into a plaque.
Always use toothpaste that contains fluoride as it makes the teeth resistant to plaque bacteria and sugar in mouth and also prevents tooth decay. It would be better if you brush after every meals. See to it that you frequently replace your toothbrush.