Gingivitis is a gum disease that affects millions of people around the world. It is often mild and without any signs of pain and discomfort, hence you may not be aware that there is a problem. So, every time you brush your teeth, make it a point to check your gums for swelling, puffiness or redness. Other signs include bad breath as well as soft and bleeding gums.
When left unchecked and untreated, gingivitis can lead to receding gums and cause permanent dental damage. That is why if you dread the idea of a dentist poking and peering inside your mouth, remember these three effective home remedies for gingivitis.
Salt Water Rinse
Salt is a natural disinfectant and anti-inflammatory agent. For years, people have been using it as mouth rinse due to its effective anti-bacterial property. It draws abscess out of the swelling gum tissues and kills harmful bacteria, therefore alleviating pain associated with gingivitis.
To prepare the rinse, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Use this rinse in the morning and before bedtime, every day until the swelling disappears.
Ginger can help minimize the internal and external gingival infection by neutralizing the acid in the mouth formed by bacteria. Its active compound gingerols are effective in killing gingivitis-causing bacteria and inhibit their growth, according to a test tube study published in the Physiotherapy Research in September 2008.
To prepare the mouth rinse, peel and cut a thumb-size ginger into thin slices. Boil this in a cup of water, let cool, and then use as a mouthwash before and after bedtime or every after brushing your teeth.
Coconut Oil Pulling
This awesome tropical concoction is the best solution against the bad breath caused by gingivitis. It is also very effective in killing the bacteria that are plaguing your gums. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that when you swish oil in your mouth, the bacteria get stuck in the oil and are dissolved in it.
To use as a remedy for gingivitis, put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and then swish it around for 15-20 minutes, ensuring that the oil pass through all corners and crevices of your teeth, gums and mouth.