May 11, 2019
You may be concerned if you’ve noticed that your gums have been swollen or bleeding lately, and rightfully so; these symptoms are a sign of gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. Unfortunately, in many cases gingivitis goes untreated and becomes the more severe periodontitis, which the American Academy of Periodontology has found to affect roughly 46% of all US adults over 30. Fortunately, not only is gingivitis easier to treat, but there are also steps you can take at home to address the symptoms. Here are 4 home remedies for the early stages of gum disease in Norwood.
1. Salt Water Treatment
Salt water can help reduce the bacteria that cause gingivitis; it can also soothe inflamed gums and assist with the healing process. Mix about half a teaspoon of salt into lukewarm water before swishing it in your mouth for about 30 seconds; be sure to spit it out afterwards. This treatment can be done two or three times a day.
If salt water doesn’t work, you can make your own mouthwash. Two or three drops of diluted lemongrass oil mixed with water can reduce plaque levels while a solution of tea tree oil and water can help treat gingival bleeding. Aloe vera juice is also effective. Similar to salt water, these types of mouthwash should be used for 30 seconds two or three times a day.
3. Oil Pulling
Swishing a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil or arimedadi oil can be a great way to get rid of bacteria. Unlike the previous methods, oil pulling is best done for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. Coconut oil may also help freshen your breath and clear your sinuses.
4. Topical Treatment
Turmeric gel has anti-inflammatory properties that make it well-suited for treating gingivitis. You can apply it after brushing your teeth and rinsing. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before swishing some water in your mouth to rinse it out. This can be done twice a day.
Bear in mind that while these treatments can help reduce symptoms, your dentist can provide a more thorough cleaning to help reverse the damage. If home remedies prove ineffective, you should make an appointment as soon as possible. And remember: the best treatment for gingivitis is prevention, so keep brushing and flossing daily!
About the Author
Dr. John T. Michaels has been serving patients at his practice, Norwood Dental Care, for 14 years; it has been voted the best dental practice in the region from 2003 to 2017! He offers periodontal treatment for various forms of gum disease; he also performs other services, such as endodontics in Norwood. To make an appointment, visit his website or call (781) 769-6140.
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