The Guide to Gingivitis: What It Is and How to Treat It
Gingivitis is a quite common oral problem, but it can be quite annoying as well.
Many people discover it almost unintentionally, by brushing their teeth or biting on a harder food like an apple, when they notice that their gums are swollen and even bleeding.
Understanding the Problem: What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the medical term for inflammation of the gums.
The main cause of gingivitis is the formation of plaque, a layer of bacteria that develop around, above, and between your teeth continuously, especially in areas that are difficult to clean. These bacteria harm the gums and cause inflammation of the gum tissue.
Smokers’ gums are more likely to suffer infections since tobacco reduces the flow of blood and nutrients in the gum tissue.
Symptoms of gingivitis include reddish, swollen, and sensitive gums that can bleed while brushing. Another symptom of the disease is the recoil or retraction of the gums, giving the teeth a weird appearance. Some people frequently have foul breath or feel a bad taste in their mouths, even if gingivitis is not at an advanced stage.
How to Avoid Gingivitis?
Good oral hygiene is essential. Professional cleaning is also important since once the plaque builds up and hardens (or becomes tartar), only a dentist can remove it.
You can prevent gingivitis by:
- Brushing and flossing the teeth properly to remove plaque and to control the appearance of tartar.
- Make sure to follow a nutrient-rich diet, to ensure proper nutrition for jaw and teeth health.
- Avoid cigarettes and tobacco-based products.
- Do check-ups regularly with your dentist.
Do I Need to See a Doctor First?
In this article, we will teach you four options of homemade treatments to help you with gingivitis. However, it is good to say that these treatments are worth in the case of less severe gingivitis.
If you are suffering from symptoms such as particularly strong tooth pain, extremely foul breath, severe bleeding, swollen or inflamed gums, we strongly recommend you see your doctor as soon as possible to make a precise diagnostic.
Severe cases sometimes require even the use of antibiotics. Surgeries to help heal gums affected severely by gingivitis are rare.
Homemade Alternatives to Treat Gingivitis:
Here we have three alternatives of natural herb-based mouthwashes and a recipe for a homemade gum treatment gel. We recommend you try all of them and see which one works best for your specific case.
You will be able to see noticeable improvements, especially in the gums, after just a few days using these homemade treatments. However, do not think the problem is over until you see a real change in your gum health, which usually takes around two weeks, considering you are using the remedies daily.
We remember you, one more time: if symptoms continue to persist, seek professional approach.
Lemongrass Essential Oil:
First, you can use a mouthwash made of Lemongrass oil. Essential oils are interesting for use in mouth care products because they are both antibacterial and non-toxic, which is remarkable.
It is easy to do. Just pick a cup of water and dilute three drops of lemongrass essential oil into it. After that, you just need to swish the solution in your mouth for 30-40 seconds and spit it out.
Repeat this same process 2 or 3 times a day until you see the symptoms are under control. Remember to use a highly diluted lemongrass oil, to prevent possible side effects associated with its’ concentrated use.
Aloe Vera Juice:
Aloe Vera became quite a trend nowadays due to its’ several health-boosting properties. The juice of Aloe Vera is considered by many a type of elixir with curative and tonic properties.
As it already comes in the form of juice, there is no need to dilute that. Just swish a cup of Aloe Vera juice inside your mouth for 30-40 seconds and spit out. Keep repeating this process for 2 or 3 times per day, until you see definitive results.
Before trying this homemade solution, check if you are allergic or intolerant to Aloe Vera.
Sage was always a well-known herb for its’ properties when it comes to oral health. It has remarkable antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, being able to lower the number of bacteria within the mouth (which prevents dental plaque).
It is the safest solution of all, with no side effects whatsoever.
First, start by making a concentrated sage “tea” (more like solution), by boiling two cups of filtrated water and adding 3 tablespoons of fresh sage to simmer.
Let it sit on the fire for 5 to 10 minutes. After it is done, strain and let it cool down a bit. Use it as a mouth rinse, swishing it 3 times a day and spitting out.
Use it daily for two weeks or until the symptoms start to disappear.
Turmeric is well-known for being a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. Its’ properties are backed both by folk wisdom as well as scientific studies, which proves the effectiveness of such remedy.
Besides being anti-inflammatory (helping to heal gums), Turmeric also has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, which are valuable to combat plaque within the mouth.
At The Smile Bar we do recommend you check first if you are not allergic or intolerant to Curcumin, the active ingredient behind the properties of Turmeric.
To use it as a gel, start brushing your teeth properly and rinsing thoroughly it. Apply the curcumin gel and let it release its’ healing properties for up to 10 minutes.
After the process is concluded, swish water in your mouth to remove it properly and spit out. You can repeat this process two times a day until the symptoms are gone.
In this article, we have shown you what gingivitis is, how to avoid it, when to seek professional help, and how to use efficient homemade treatments to help you overcome this unpleasant problem by yourself.
Usually, most cases of gingivitis are not severe, and these particular herb-based treatments can make the symptoms disappear and prevent the disease over time.
Remember that to prevent it is better than try to solve the problem, so take care of your teeth and gums properly to avoid being affected by gingivitis again.
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