5 Home Remedies for Gingivitis That You Should Try
Why spend hundreds of dollars in dental visits if you can try home remedies to treat gingivitis first? Gingivitis may not be the most serious oral problem you can encounter, but it can cause harm, nevertheless, if you allow it to progress into something more unpleasant.
These five home remedies for gingivitis can help you put an end to your misery while saving cash at the same time.
1. Turmeric paste
Who would have thought that turmeric can also be perfect for your gums, aside from your curry? In a recent study published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, scientists found out that a mixture of half teaspoon turmeric, part mustard oil and part salt can significantly improve inflamed gums because of a chemical called cur-cumin. Just apply it to your gums in the morning and evening.
Chopped leaves of sage applied to your inflamed gums can reduce swelling and improve pain. Just rub it for three minutes on your gums and let it stay there for another two minutes before rinsing. Its antibacterial property can prevent gingivitis from progressing into periodontitis.
Try mixing the chopped leaves with salt or try using dried sage instead if you cannot take the taste of fresh leaves.
3. Baking soda paste
This is the most common remedy for teeth and gum diseases. It is so common and effective that even toothpaste brands have their own baking soda variants.
Just mix baking soda and olive oil or warm water, and apply the paste on your teeth and gums thrice a week. Do not leave the paste for more than two minutes as baking soda can be abrasive when excessively used.
4. Ground guava leaves
The leaves of this tropical American shrub have been proven to possess antibacterial, analgesic, and antimicrobial properties that can prevent gingivitis from aggravating, and gum infection from affecting the blood. All you have to do is grind some leaves and use the paste as toothpaste. Chewing the leaves directly is more convenient, but it may not be a good option for people with sensitive palate.
Chew it as often as you use your favorite toothpaste.
This popular spice has strong analgesic and antiseptic properties, making it a perfect home remedy for painful and swollen gums due to gingivitis. You can chew three cloves thrice a day or extract the oil, which you will apply directly on the affected part.
An important reminder: do not use clove if you are also under blood thinning medication.