What is Gingivitis? It certainly sounds like a disease. And you would be right if that’s what you guessed: it’s gum disease and it’s pretty common, as it turns out. Luckily, gingivitis is the least troublesome form of gum disease you can have. It’s milder than periodontitis, which is severe and can cause you to loose your teeth. If you think you have gingivitis, it’s definitely something you want to get taken care of right away. Here are some home remedies your dentist might not know. If your conditions don’t improve after a few weeks of trying the home remedies, make an appointment to see your dentist.
What is Gingivitis?
When plaque builds up on your teeth, it causes tooth decay. If plaque is left too long without removal, it turns into tartar. Tartar makes a little “wall” where your teeth end and your gums begin. That means it’s hard to clean the gum line as well as the top part of the teeth. The gums become irritated so they get inflamed and voila: gingivitis.
What are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?
Sore gums are the main symptom of gingivitis. If you suffer gingivitis you’ll also see the following symptoms:
- swollen gums
- red or purplish gums
- bleeding gums will show blood on the toothbrush
- bad taste in the mouth
- gums are tender to the touch
- mouth sores
- bad breath
- deep pockets in your gumline
What Causes Gingivitis?
The number one cause of gingivitis is smoking. It’s thought that as much as 75% of gingivitis in the US can be attributed to smoking*. But if you don’t smoke, here’s what could be causing your gingivitis:
- Bacteria. the number two cause of gingivitis is forgetting to brush and floss your teeth. Bacteria gets left behind on your teeth and forms plaque, which turns to tartar, causing gingivitis.
- Genetics. Almost a third of people might just be unlucky enough to have bad genes when it comes to gingivitis.
- Poor diet. Lots of sugar in the diet can lead to gingivitis.
- Oral contraceptives. They make you more susceptible to gum disease.
- Diabetes. This lowers your resistance to infection. Same with HIV and AIDS
Home Remedies for Gingivitis You Should Know
1. Clove Oil. This home remedy has been used for centuries. It’s a natural antibacterial and also an analgesic so it will help with the tenderness.
2. Salt gargle. Gargling regularly with salt water will also help with the infection.
3. Teeth brushing + flossing + rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Of course this home remedy for gingivitis is a preventive measure but it’s also a cure. Brush for at least 2 minutes and brush your tongue, too. Follow this with proper flossing and then a mouthwash that kills germs.
4. Aloe Vera. This will soothe your tender and sore gums and also kill bacteria.
5. Baking Soda. Rub some on your gums with your finger to kill bacteria.
6. Lemon juice. This is very acidic and will kill bacteria.
7 . Cayenne Pepper. Put it in your toothpaste to kill bacteria.
8. Cranberry juice. Stops the spread of bacteria.
*source: Webmd.com. “Get Serious About Sore Gums”