Monday, November 6, 2017

5 Best and Known Remedies To Fight Off Gum Disease (Gingivitis)


Gum disease, medically known as Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene.

Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontal disease or periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums.

There has been evidence to suggest the effectiveness of the following over-the-counter and natural treatments for gum disease.
  • Green tea has antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Hydrogen peroxide helps kill bacteria when used as a mouthwash or as a gel in a custom fitted tray, but it cannot be swallowed.
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  • Warm saltwater rinse reduces inflammation and kills bacteria, but daily use will damage the teeth.
  • Baking soda and water can be used to brush the teeth to help neutralize the acids that can cause gum disease.
  • Oil pulling (swishing or rinsing) -- there has been little evidence to prove that sesame oil or coconut oil can help reduce bacteria that cause gum disease, but this is a popular practice. On a case by case basis, people have noticed improvement with this treatment.
The prognosis is best when treatment is obtained in early stages of gingivitis. At this stage, the affected person usually just needs a professional dental cleaning and more thorough brushing and flossing to reverse disease.

Is gum disease associated with other health problems?

There have been many attempts to understand the link between gum disease and other systemic health problems. To know the possible effects of gum disease to our health, read the article The Deadly Effects of Having Gum Disease.