Has plaque built up over your tooth? Do you have swollen gums which bleed while brushing? Are you exasperated with persistent bad breath and pain while chewing food? If answer to any of these questions is yes, then there are chances that you have gingivitis. The other symptoms of this disease are receding gum lines, redness and irritation in the gums, and deep pocket between gums and teeth. If left untreated, this may lead to the development of periodontitis (gum disease), which will cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. This will gradually result in loosening and falling of your teeth. The probable reasons of gingivitis are dry mouth, genetics, certain medications, excessive smoking, poor diet, broken fillings, crooked teeth, diabetes, etc. Read on this article, it explains various home remedies to get rid of gingivitis.
Home Remedies for Gingivitis
1. Sea Salt
Mix ½ cup of sea salt in 1 cup of water and gargle with this solution. This must be done several times a day and specially after meals. This remedy effectively helps treat gingivitis.
Note – Do not swallow this solution.
2. Tea Bag Compress
You can re-use the tea bag after making tea. Place it over your gums and remove after 15-20 minutes. This is a very natural and effective home treatment for gingivitis.
Rub some honey over the infected gums after you brush your teeth in the morning. This is one of the tested home remedies which facilitate in curing gingivitis sooner at home.
4. Cranberry Juice
Consume at least 4 glasses of cranberry juice every day. It will eliminate the plaque causing bacteria, and act as a mouth freshener and cleanser.
5. Salt and Lemon Paste
Mix ½ tbsp of salt and juice of 1 lemon to make a fine paste. This paste must be applied over gums and teeth. Then, wash off after a few minutes. The vitamin C content in lemon juice helps break down plaque and the malic acid removes stain.
6. Baking Powder
A paste of baking powder with warm water helps remove the plaque and acts as natural toothpaste for gingivitis.
7. Coconut and Sesame Oil
Massage your teeth and gums with a mixture of coconut and sesame oil to reduce the loss of blood from gums during the brushing of teeth.
- Another option is to swish your mouth with sesame and coconut oil mixture and then spit it out. Rinse your mouth with warm water. This must be done before brushing your teeth, for a month. This remedy reduces the tenderness and pain due to bleeding gums.
8. Clove Oil
Massage some clove oil over the gums to reduce swelling and bleeding.
- Alternatively, chew 2-3 cloves daily for a few weeks to get rid of pain resulted due to gingivitis.
- Or else, add a few drops of clove oil to warm water and use this water to rinse your mouth. This helps relieve pain and inflammation.
9. Mustard Oil and Salt
Mix ½ tbsp of salt in 2 tbsp of mustard oil; and massage it over your gums in circular motion. Leave it for some time and then rinse off with warm water. This remedy eases inflammation and strengthens the gums.
10. Cayenne Powder
Mix some cayenne powder in your regular toothpaste and brush your teeth twice a day. The anti-microbial properties of cayenne will kill all the microorganisms present in the mouth and prevent the onset of periodontal disease.
11. Hydrogen Peroxide
Take ½ cup of water and mix ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide into it. Rinse your mouth with this solution, but do not consume it. This acts as a natural cleanser which effectively cleanses the teeth by removing old plaque.
Dissolve some alum in 1 glass of water. Rinse your mouth with this solution at least 3 times a day. It will kill the germs present in the mouth, keeping the plaque under control.
Take a ripe guava. Roast it. Sprinkle some salt over it and eat it as a salad.
- Alternatively, chew some guava leaves. The leaves are a rich source of calcium, vitamin C, lycopene, lutein and cryptoxanthin enzymes. All these help fight off free radicals and removal of plaque.
14. Lemon Juice
Squeeze juice of 1 lemon in a glass of warm water and use this water to rinse your mouth. Alternatively, make use of lime juice in your daily food.
15. Cosmetic Clay
Mix ¼ cup of cosmetic clay, ¼ tbsp of baking soda, a few drops of tea tree oil, 1½ cups of glycerin, 1/8 cup of sea salt, and myrrh solution. Blend these ingredients to form a smooth paste. Use it as toothpaste to treat gingivitis.
Mix 50 grams of turmeric with 2 tbsp of alum powder, 100 grams of azadirachta indica powder and 1 tbsp of salt. Rub this powder over your gums and teeth. You can also add some water to the powder to make a smooth paste. Rub your gums and teeth with this paste, and rinse your mouth with water after some time. The anti-bacterial properties of turmeric and azadirachta indica ward off germs and gum infections.
- Alternatively, mix 1 tbsp of turmeric, ½ tbsp each of salt and mustard oil. Massage your teeth and gums with this paste twice a day.
- Or, mix ½ tbsp of turmeric powder with some water and vitamin E oil. Apply the resultant paste and keep it for at least 10 minutes. Repeat it once daily for a few weeks to observe positive results.
- Simply add water to the turmeric powder. Brush your teeth with this paste for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth with water. This must be done twice daily for a few weeks.
17. Unsweetened Yogurt
Probiotics like yogurt are considered excellent for healthy gums. Eat plain yogurt every day. You can also apply small amount of yogurt on your gums.
18. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix a tablespoon of organic ACV in a cup of water. Use this solution as mouthwash.
Note- Don’t use undiluted ACV as it may harm the tooth enamel.
The acidic nature of strawberries prevents the build-up of tartar on the teeth. Blend some strawberries with lemon juice. With the help of a toothbrush, rub this pulpy mixture on gums. Rinse off well after a few minutes.
The anti-fungal and antibiotic properties of garlic keep gums infection at bay. Just put a crushed garlic clove on the affected gums for a few minutes.
Herbal Remedies for Gingivitis
21. Aloe Vera
Apply some aloe vera gel over the affected area and let it sit there for 10 minutes. Finally, wash off with warm water.
22. Peppermint Leaves
Soak some peppermint leaves in water for 30 minutes and then strain the mixture. Use it to rinse your mouth. Practice it at least 2-3 times a day.
- Alternatively, you can prepare peppermint tea and drink it between meals.
- Another option is to use peppermint flavored toothpaste.
23. Kava Root and Myrrh Gum Powder
Mix kava root powder with myrrh gum powder. Add 5-8 drops of any essential oil and 1 tbsp of white oak bark solution to form a paste. This paste must be used to brush your teeth regularly until the bacterial infection goes away.
24. Tea Tree Oil
Apply a few drops of tea tree oil over your gums in circular motion. This serves as an excellent treatment for the gingivitis infection. Alternatively, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular toothpaste and use it to brush your teeth twice daily.
25. Acacia Catechu
Apply paste of this herb evenly on your bleeding and swollen gums. Rinse your mouth with water after 5 minutes. This herb has healing properties which effectively heals bleeding gums.
26. Herbal Powder
Mix ¾ tbsp of peppermint leaf powder, 1/8 tbsp of clove powder, and 2 tbsp of white oak powder. Massage your gums with this herbal powder. The fresh smell of peppermint will dump the bad breath; and the analgesic effect of clove will reduce the pain caused due to weakening of tooth.
27. Sage Powder
Add 1 tbsp of sage powder to a cup of water and allow it to boil. Add some salt to this solution. Allow it to cool and sip it once daily after brushing your teeth. This helps soothe the inflamed gums.
28. Echinacea Extract
Add 1½ tbsp of Echinacea extract to a glass of warm water. Use this water to rinse your mouth. Echinacea improves immunity and lessens inflammation.
- Rub your gums with your finger every morning to relieve the pain that occurs due to loosening of tooth.
- Brush your teeth daily for 2 minutes.
- Utilize tongue cleaner after brushing your teeth. And get a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth
- Make it a daily practice to rinse your mouth with mouthwash after every meal.
- Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
- Ensure that your toothpaste has antibacterial properties.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
- Add up calcium in your diet.
- Intake vitamin C supplements as it promotes oral health.
- Shun smoking and drinking.
- Cut down on artificial sugar, fruit juices and junk foods having excess salt.
- Do not take stress.
- Avoid tobacco.