Healthy gums are an essential part of a healthy smile and a sign of good health. Your gums help protect the roots of your teeth and the bones in your jaw. If you notice that your gums are swollen, bleed easily or are inflamed, it may be a sign that you have gingivitis.
What is Gingivitis ?
Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that occurs when plaque builds up on teeth and causes inflammation around the gums. It can even lead to more serious issues like tooth loss. Statistics show that three out of four Americans will experience gingivitis at some point in their lives.
Still, the good news is that gingivitis is treatable and preventable by incorporating good oral hygiene practices. In today’s video, we will tell you everything about gingivitis, from its symptoms, causes to treatment and more.
Red, swollen gums: That’s one of the first signs your gums need attention. Gingivitis typically starts with inflammation along the gum line. They may also feel tender or painful and bleed easily when you floss or brush.
Bad breath: Your mouth is a nice, warm, and wet home for millions of bacteria. They feed on plaque, so the more of that you have, the bigger the buffet. Bacteria release toxins that can irritate the gums and teeth and have a foul smell. It is an important symptom of gingivitis.
Receding Gums: Take a look in the mirror and see if you can spot any receding gums. This is when the gum begins to draw back from your teeth, which exposes the root beneath. You might be able to spot that your teeth look a bit longer or feel a notch where the gum meets the tooth. Receding gums are relatively common.
If you spot them, it’s time to find out the cause and what you can do to stop them getting worse. Did you know that pain is often the way your body alerts you to a problem but, typically, gingivitis isn’t painful?
This can mean it can be overlooked. Usually, painful, sore gums are caused by something else, maybe poor brushing technique or a dental abscess. If you do have tender, sore gums speak to your dentist to find out what’s causing the problem.
Sensitive teeth: If a sip of a cold drink makes you wince, your teeth may be telling you something.
Gum disease is the main cause, and it can even change the way your teeth fit together when you bite. Finally, here are a few home remedies for gingivitis:
Regularly sipping on this herbal brew may help. Research has shown that green tea—which is high in antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. It can also counteract the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria in the mouth.
Green tea also eases the swelling and bleeding from gingivitis. The polyphenols in green tea may also help inhibit the growth of bacteria that can lead to gingivitis. Not just for your teeth, green tea is a boon for your whole body. Learn more about its benefits for you by watching “Drinking Tea Every Day Will Do This To Your Body”
Symptoms and Remedies Lemongrass oil mouthwash
In one study, lemongrass oil was found to be more effective than traditional chlorhexidine mouthwash at reducing plaque and gingivitis levels. To use a lemongrass mouthwash, dilute two to three drops of lemongrass essential oil in a cup of water.
Swish the solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds. Spit out the solution. Repeat two to three times per day. Food-grade lemongrass oil is generally safe to use, but it’s very potent. Always start with a highly diluted mixture so that it doesn’t cause further irritation.
Oil pulling can reduce bacteria and the buildup of plaque that leads to gingivitis. Take two tablespoons of oil in your mouth, swish it for 20 to 30 minutes. After spitting out the oil, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and brush your teeth.
This spice, typically used in curry dishes, is becoming increasingly recognized for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. Plus, one study found that applying a paste made of one teaspoon of turmeric, a half teaspoon of salt, and a half teaspoon of mustard oil provides relief from gingivitis when rubbed onto gums and teeth twice daily. Salt Water: Salt water is one of the oldest and truest “old wives tale” remedies for gingivitis. Hospitals and dentists use it in the form of saline.
It’s easy to prepare safely at home, and may help to draw infection out from your gums. To make a sterile saline solution at home, boil 2 cups of water in a clean pot. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, and mix well until the salt dissolves.
Allow the mixture to cool. You can pour the mixture into a clean container once cool; just be sure to use it or throw it out within 24 hours. The best way to use salt water to your advantage is to use it as a mouthwash. Rinse well, holding the salt water in your mouth for between 30 seconds and a full minute, and then spit. For gingivitis, try to rinse with the mixture between five and six times a day.
Aloe vera has a long history of treating scrapes and burns on the skin, but it’s proven to be useful in the mouth, too. Research has shown that aloe vera is just as effective as commercial toothpastes at reducing disease-causing bacteria. Aloe vera has also been shown to help healing after gum surgery. Application with gel may result in better initial healing and reduce discomfort. If your gums are sore or swollen, you may notice relief with aloe vera. There are over 300 species of the plant, but only a few of them are used medicinally. It’s important to use the right type and make sure it’s 100% pure. If you’re using a rinse, swish for 30 seconds, brush, and spit. You may also directly apply a gel and gently massage around the gums.
Sodium bicarbonate, better known as baking soda can be an effective ingredient to use on your teeth and gums. It works against harmful mouth bacteria, and also neutralizes acids that cause inflammation and damage of tooth surfaces. As an added bonus, it breaks down stains and can brighten teeth. You can make a paste by mixing a small amount of baking soda with water and gently brushing on your teeth. This slurry provides one method of cleaning, but it’s important to include other antibacterial compounds as well.
Daily brushing and flossing
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing is still one of the best home remedies for good oral health. Removing plaque and disrupting bacteria that colonize the teeth and gums removes the primary cause of gum disease. Bacteria quickly reproduce in the mouth, so it’s important to make morning and night cleaning a consistent effort. Gingivitis can be prevented if you take good care of your teeth.