More than 75% of adults in the USA have some type of gum disease, according to New York Times. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research says that plaque is formed by bacteria which causes gum inflammation called “gingivitis”.
This inflammation makes the gums red, swollen and bleed easy. Luckily, it can be reversed by brushing and flossing daily as well as with regular cleansing at the dentist.
However, if left untreated this mild inflammation can turn into periodontitis.
Periodontitis makes the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth making small spaces between the teeth. The small spaces can become infected and then start to break down the bone and connective tissue.
Heal your teeth naturally
In case you want to do more for your teeth rather than just going to the dentist, these are natural remedies you can try to preserve the health of your teeth and gums.
- Baking soda
The Journal of Clinical Dentistry claims that toothpaste with baking soda is very efficient in removing plaque from hard-to reach areas.
Create a paste with baking soda and water and then rub it along your gum-line. Baking soda can also be used as an ingredient in a natural homemade toothpaste.
- Aloe Vera
The Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology conducted a study where it was discovered that applying Aloe Vera Gel on the gums can significantly improve the periodontal condition.
Aloe Vera gel reduces the pocket depths in the gums and is also an excellent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing remedy.
This miraculous plant can reduce the pain, swelling and bleeding of the gums and can also treat thrush which is a yeast infection. Apply organic aloe Vera gel to your gums a few times a week or healthy gums and teeth.
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil gives excellent results when used in treatment of thrush and other oral infections due to the powerful antiseptic properties.
You can alleviate symptoms of gum disease, especially gum inflammation by rubbing a few drops of this oil on your gums.
You can also buy natural tea tree oil at a health food store.
- Clove oil
Clove oil can reduce toothache or pain during dental work if applied directly to the gums. It can also reduce mouth and throat inflammation when applied to the skin.
Clove oil should be applied directly on the gums, however not too often because it can sometimes cause damage to the skin, mucous membranes, gums and tooth pulp. The safest way to use clove oil toothpaste is once in 2-3 days.
Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties which is why it is excellent for treating gum disease. You can either include it in your diet or apply it directly on the teeth and gums.
In case of periodontal problems, create a paste from:
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of mustard salt
Using this paste 2 times a day can relieve the symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil provides natural protection and hydration for the gums because of the lauric acid that has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
To heal your mouth and prevent receding gums, try oil pulling for 30 minutes in the morning or before going to bed.
Dental hygiene is extremely important for your overall health, especially for the digestive system. All the above mentioned remedies should be used as an addition to a daily dental routine that should include brushing twice a day, flossing every day and regularly visiting the dentist.