Natural Remedies for Healthy Gums

In this article, we will explore the causes of gum disease and discuss a range of natural remedies and lifestyle strategies that can help you maintain healthy gums.

While these approaches can be beneficial, it’s important to note that they should not replace standard oral care practices, and consistency is key as no remedy can instantly strengthen your gums.


① Causes of Gum Disease

Inside your mouth, bacteria continuously form a sticky substance known as plaque on your teeth. Although regular brushing and flossing can help remove plaque, it can harden and turn into tartar. The accumulation of plaque and tartar often leads to gingivitis, which is characterized by gum inflammation.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a condition associated with tooth loss and even heart disease.

② Fundamental Practices to Prevent Gingivitis

To maintain gum health, it is essential to follow these basic practices:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after each meal.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush to enhance your cleaning potential.
  • Opt for a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups at least once a year.
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, as they contribute to gum disease.
  • Limit your sugar intake, as it promotes plaque formation.


③ Natural Remedies to Treat Gingivitis

Natural remedies provide a cost-effective and effective approach to treating gingivitis, especially when initiated during the early stages. It is crucial to address plaque formation before it turns into tartar, which may require increasing the frequency and duration of brushing and flossing.

While the home remedies discussed below are generally safe, it’s recommended to seek medical advice if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any underlying medical conditions. If severe symptoms persist or natural remedies do not improve your condition, it is advisable to consult your doctor or dentist to prevent further complications.

A. Salt Water Treatments for Gingivitis

A 2016 study has shown that using a salt water rinse can effectively promote healing of inflamed gums caused by gingivitis. Salt possesses natural disinfectant properties that aid in the body’s self-healing process.

Additionally, salt water rinses can soothe gum inflammation, alleviate pain, reduce bacteria, remove food particles, and freshen breath. It’s important to use the salt water rinse as directed, as excessive or prolonged use may negatively affect tooth enamel due to its acidic properties.


B. Natural Mouthwash to Treat Gingivitis

If the salt water rinse doesn’t provide sufficient relief, you may consider trying a homemade mouthwash. Although over-the-counter and prescription mouthwashes are available for gingivitis, exploring natural alternatives can be a valuable first step.

Lemongrass oil mouthwash:

In a 2015 study, lemongrass oil was found to be more effective than traditional chlorhexidine mouthwash in reducing plaque and gingivitis levels. To use lemongrass oil mouthwash, dilute two to three drops of lemongrass essential oil in a cup of water, swish the solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds, and spit it out. It’s important to note that lemongrass oil is potent, so always start with a highly diluted mixture to avoid irritation.

Aloe vera mouthwash:

Research from 2016 indicates that aloe vera is as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing plaque and gingivitis. Aloe vera juice can be used directly as a mouthwash. Simply swish the juice in your mouth for 30 seconds.


④ When to Seek Professional Dental Care

Early treatment of gingivitis greatly improves the chances of a quick and complete recovery. If you experience severe tooth pain, persistent bad breath, excessive gum bleeding, or extremely swollen and inflamed gums, it is important to schedule a visit with your doctor or dentist without delay. Neglecting these symptoms can lead to serious damage to your teeth and may even contribute to other health issues.

Depending on your condition, your dentist may perform a thorough teeth cleaning or refer you to a periodontist, who specializes in gum health. In some cases, your dentist may recommend medicated mouthwash or prescribe antibiotics.

Dental hygienists can also provide valuable guidance on using dental tools and products to maintain healthy gums. In rare cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to aid in gum healing.

⑤ Timeframe for Resolving Gingivitis

After initiating treatment, you can expect to see improvements in just a few days. However, complete resolution of symptoms may take some time. In most cases, gingivitis clears up within 10 to 14 days. If your condition is more severe, it might require a longer duration of treatment.

Taking charge of your dental health is crucial to prevent gingivitis from recurring. If you have underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of gingivitis, it’s important to stay in close contact with your dentist, allowing them to monitor any changes in symptoms and provide appropriate care.


⑥ Preventing Gingivitis from Returning

Maintaining good dental hygiene is key to preventing gingivitis and ensuring overall oral health. It is recommended to visit your dentist at least once a year for regular check-ups. If you have specific health concerns that make you more susceptible to gingivitis, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.

In your daily routine, make sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Flossing should be done at least once a day to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. Incorporating a natural mouthwash into your routine can also be beneficial, ideally used once or twice a day.

Additionally, a healthy diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals plays a vital role in preventing gum disease and maintaining optimal oral health.

By following these preventive measures and maintaining regular dental visits, you can effectively protect yourself against gingivitis and other oral conditions.


Keeping Our Patients Safe:

Under the guidance of the BC Provincial Health, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and the BC Dental Association, we have implemented strict new clinic standards and safety measures in order to help protect our patients and staff, which include:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to accepting in-person appointments.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and following strict hand hygiene protocols.
  • Increasing the frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic at one time and practicing physical distancing protocols.

The health & safety of our patients has always been our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay safe and to follow the directions of Health Canada and your local health authorities.

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