Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a major problem amongst adult Americans. Starting with swollen gums and some bleeding, too much bacteria and a build-up of plaque and tarter can lead to a loss of connective tissue and eventually tooth loss. There is no substitute for good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, but the following home remedies for gum disease can help by reducing the inflammation and fighting bacteria that may be aggravating the problem. Try these natural remedies at home, but be sure to also visit your dentist.
Herbal Rinses for Gum Disease
One way to help ease the symptoms of gum disease is to use herbal rinses. Simply make a strong infusion with dried herbs, strain, and then rinse the mouth several times a day. Sage makes a perfect rinse for gum disease. With great anti-inflammatory properties, rinsing with sage will reduce some of the gum swelling.
Steep about two tablespoons of the dried sage in one cup of boiling water. You can use this infusion throughout the day. Swish around the mouth for about thirty seconds. Add two teaspoons of dried thyme and increase the water to one and one-half cups of desired. Thyme acts as a natural antiseptic. It will help to fight any bacteria in the mouth.
If you do not have herbs to make into home remedies for gum disease, you can simply rinse with salt water. Do this twice a day to help protect the gums from infection.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most powerful antiseptics that nature has to offer. Rub a small amount of tea tree oil on the gums to help relieve symptoms and to prevent gum disease. You can also look for a toothpaste that contains tea tree to help fight bacteria when brushing.
Home remedies for gum disease can improve the health of your mouth, reduce symptoms and help to prevent further deterioration. Make sure you are also brushing and flossing twice a day and making routine visits with your dentist. Avoiding sugary treats and eating a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables is important as well. Gum disease can become very serious. Take care of your oral health and do not let this disease get out of control.
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National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research