Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused when plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and along the lines of the gums, advances below the gum line. This bacterial infection can cause symptoms like bleeding, pain while chewing, swollen gums, loose teeth and persistent bad breath. Here are reasons to take bleeding gums seriously.
Once you’re diagnosed with gingivitis, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics, mouth washes, thorough and deep cleaning of the teeth, and in some cases, even surgery. Living with gingivitis can significantly affect your day-to-day life and self-confidence. Along with conventional treatment, you can also use these five home remedies to improve your oral health and keep the bacterial infection at bay during remission.
Studies have found that pomegranate has anti-bacterial properties that can help in fighting against dental plaque and maintaining oral health. A study published in the journal Ancient Science of Life in 2013 found that by simply rinsing your mouth with 30 ml of pomegranate juice for a few minutes every day, you can fight dental plaque and reduce bacterial infection in your mouth. Make pomegranate juice at home and don’t add any sugar.
2. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic procedure where you swirl oil around in your mouth. Studies have found that using coconut oil can help in preventing and, to an extent, even fighting against the symptoms of gingivitis. You could also fight against plaque and bad breath with this lemongrass oil mouthwash.
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is one of the most popular home remedies because of its cooling and soothing effects. It’s a known fact that aloe vera is good for your hair and skin, but studies have found that it can also help in fighting against gingivitis. By rinsing your mouth with aloe vera mouthwash twice a day, you can naturally keep your gums healthier. Use half a cup of distilled water, two teaspoons of baking soda and aloe vera to make the mouthwash. You could also add two drops of peppermint oil for fresher breath.
If you recently completed your orthodontic treatment for gingivitis, one way to get further relief and prevent a relapse is to apply honey on the affected areas. Honey has strong anti-bacterial properties because of which it is a popular home remedy.
A study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology says that a neem mouth rinse (made at home using the same ingredients as the aloe vera mouthwash and replacing aloe vera with neem oil) is an effective natural remedy in treating gingivitis. The best part about using a neem mouthwash which you can easily make at home is that it also has far fewer side-effects than an over the counter mouthwash.
A warm saltwater solution can also help in reducing symptoms like bleeding gums and tooth pain. Swish the saltwater solution in your mouth continuously for 30 seconds without spitting or swallowing it and then repeat this at least twice or thrice a day for some relief.
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