What Is Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a common type of gum disease that causes uncomfortable swelling, irritation, and redness in the gums. Oftentimes it is only a mild condition, this is why those who have gingivitis may be unaware that they have it in the first place.
However, it can worsen if you don’t give it proper medical care and attention. Proper treatment is important to ensure that gingivitis doesn’t progress into a more serious form of gum disease.
Natural Remedies for Gingivitis
Turmeric is an herb that has some of the highest anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Using raw, organic turmeric has been proven effective in the treatment of various oral diseases including swelling and redness of the gums. Turmeric’s antibacterial properties also minimize your risk of infection.
How to Use It:
Turmeric can be used as part of a natural mouthwash to prevent as well as treat mild gingivitis. The microbial and anti-inflammatory characteristics of turmeric make it even more powerful than conventional mouthwash, which contains several chemicals.
It is widely used as a natural treatment for gingivitis because it is an antibacterial and antiseptic. Salt is effective in treating inflammation in gums and can also help reduce swelling. Using salt as part of a natural mouthwash is used to prevent bacteria growth in the mouth.
How to Use It:
To use salt as a natural remedy for gingivitis, simply add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm or room-temperature water and rinse your mouth with this mixture in the morning and in the evening. Continue using the saltwater rinse until the swelling and irritation are healed.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice which is still commonly used today to treat many disorders including gingivitis. The practice of oil pulling is powerful in killing bacteria that reside in your mouth and which can aggravate gingivitis.
Simply choose a good cold-pressed organic oil (sesame or coconut oil is recommended), and swish it around your mouth for 10 up to 20 minutes. As a beginner, it may be easy to get tired with oil pulling so you can start with 5 minutes until you can increase your tolerance.
Once you are through, spit out the oil to the trash can to avoid clogging in your home’s pipes.
Natural mouthwash with lemons is also useful in treating gingivitis. Lemons are a potent antibacterial fruit and also contain anti-inflammatory properties that can fight gum disorders.
They are also a good source of vitamin C which strengthens the immune system to fight infection. Just add the juice of lemons into water and gargle with it day after you brush your teeth as a natural cure for gingivitis.
Sage is an herb known well for its cleansing and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Chop up some fresh sage leaves and rub it on the infected areas of the gum and then leave it for 3-4 minutes.
For a more potent treatment with sage, mix it with some salt before applying on the affected area.