Gingivitis is considered a minor dental condition that causes the gums to become inflamed. This is caused by the accumulation of plaque and bacteria. Most of the time, gingivitis goes unnoticed as there are barely any symptoms or is just a minor inconvenience. In fact, it is considered a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. The problem with minor dental conditions like this one is it can lead to more serious problems. Gingivitis if left untreated can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is an infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment this will lead to, you’ve guessed it, tooth loss.
The best cure is prevention. Practicing proper dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help in preventing gingivitis. If you suspect that you already have this seemingly harmless dental condition, try these home treatments to slow down or stop the progress of this disease until you can get proper care from your dentist.
For a long time now, saltwater has been known to have disinfectant and healing properties. That is why it is one of the most recommended home remedies for gingivitis. It also helps that it is one of the easiest to make. Just dissolve 3/4 tsp of salt in lukewarm water and use it to rinse your mouth. Do this 3 times a day to soothe your inflamed gums. A heed of warning though. Using this treatment too often and for too long will erode the enamel on your teeth. Saltwater rinse is just a quick and temporary remedy. Going to the dentist is still your best option.
Lemongrass oil mouthwash has been found to be more effective at reducing gingivitis than regular commercial mouthwash. 3 drops of lemongrass oil in a glass of water and you now have an effective mouthwash to treat gingivitis. Use this solution 3 times a day for quick relief from inflamed gums.
Great for the skin and hair and now for dental care. Aloe vera juice is as effective as traditional mouthwash in treating gingivitis. Unlike the other remedies previously mentioned, there is no need to dilute it in water. You just need to make sure that it is 100% pure aloe vera juice, swish it around your mouth just like any mouthwash and spit it out. Do this 3 times a day just like the other treatments mentioned in this article.