How To Get Rid of Gingivitis? 30 Effective Home Remedies and Tips
Gingivitis. It is not very pleasant, right? Nobody wants to have sore gums, and nobody wants to bleed from their gums. But, hey, it happens.
The thing is – it really is unpleasant when gingivitis strikes. And the thing is that it doesn’t have to keep on being this way. In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at 30 effective home remedies and tips that can help clear your gingivitis right up.
What Is Gingivitis?
Put simply, gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It’s a type of periodontal disease that isn’t too bad, but if left untreated it can lead to periodontitis, which is much, much worse.
It’s caused by the build-up of plaque in and around your teeth. This plaque causes your immune system to respond, and it can lead to the death of your gum tissue. In two words – not cool.
It can even get worse and cause loss of teeth.
But what even is plaque? It’s a biofilm that builds up around your teeth naturally. Most often, it’s formed by bacteria that has “colonised” the area and that’s attempting to stick to the smooth surface of your tooth.
Sometimes, the bacteria might actually be good for you. It might try to save your mouth from micro-organisms that are intent on causing as much damage as possible. The problem is that plaque is able to cause tooth decay too – as well as gingivitis.
If you fail to remove plaque properly, it hardens. Then, it turns into tartar. If you’ve ever noticed a rock hard layer at the base of your teeth, this is tartar. It’s yellow and very hard to remove. In most cases, it requires a dentists drill to remove (IKR).
Over time, the tartar irritates your gums and this is what causes that nasty inflammation. Worse still, you might find that your gums start to bleed really easily. Chomping on an apple or a banana is known to cause bleeding, as is there mere act of cleaning our teeth.
What Else Causes Gingivitis?
- Age – sometimes it’s purely down to age. As you get older, you’re more at risk of many things, including gingivitis.
- Smoking – Smokers put themselves at risk of a lot of things, and this includes gum disease.
- Poor diet – If you don’t get enough vitamins via your diet, you could end up with gingivitis.
- Changes in hormones – Changes in hormones are responsible for so many things.
- Genetics – If gingivitis runs in the family, there’s a chance you could get it too.
Signs of Gingivitis
Gingivitis isn’t always easy to spot if you have a mild case because it doesn’t always cause noticeable symptoms. But if the disease has progressed, you might notice one or more – or even all – of the following symptoms:
1) Bad breath
2) Soft gums that feel tender of painful to touch
3) Gums that bleed easily and sometimes for no apparent reason
3) Receding gums
4) Swollen gums
5) Bright red gums. In some instances, they might be purple
What Can Happen Next?
If left untreated, things can get really messy in your mouth.
Gingivitis is a form of disease, but thankfully it’s the first stage. In other words, things haven’t gotten so bad yet. If you can catch gingivitis early and nip it in the bud, you’ll be fine.
If you don’t, it will advance to the second stage, which is periodontitis. This is where the fibres and bone that support your teeth become badly and irreversibly damaged.
After that comes the third stage – advanced periodontitis. The fibres and bone are so badly destroyed that your teeth effectively move.
That’s really just the tip of the iceberg, though. Without wishing to scare anyone, the truth of the matter is that, if you don’t treat gum disease and instead just let it fester and hope that it goes away, it can turn into gum cancer.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to cure gingivitis. And because you can treat it in the comfort of your own home, there’s no excuse for letting things progress to stage 2.
Let’s take a look at what your best remedies are.
30 Effective Home Remedies and Tips on How To Get Rid of Gingivitis
Salt water rinse is effective for treating a sore throat, and it’s just as effective at treating gingivitis. It removes bacteria, eases pain, soothes inflamed gums and also eliminates particles of food that are trapped in otherwise unreachable areas.
To perform a salt water rinse, take half a teaspoon of salt and add it to a warm glass of water. Mix.
Then swirl the salt water in your mouth for around thirty seconds. Spit out into the sink and repeat twice a day.
Don’t keep using this method if it isn’t working, though, because it can damage your tooth enamel over the long term.
Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash
Tea tree oil is a great way to treat any bleeding associated with gingivitis.
All you need to do is add two drops of tea tree oil to a glass of water.
Swirl the water in your mouth for around thirty seconds and then spit out.
Do this twice a day for best results. If you want, you can also add a dab to your toothbrush when cleaning your tea.
Be careful however you use it; tea tree oil is strong and needs to be highly diluted.
Lemongrass Oil Mouthwash
Lemongrass oil is an effective way of removing plaque and treating gingivitis.
All you need to do is add two drops of lemongrass essential oil to a glass of warm water.
Swirl the water in your mouth for around thirty seconds and then spit out.
Do this three times per day at the most but never use more than 2 drops of lemongrass oil per time in your glass of water. It’s safe but it can irritate your mouth if you use too much of it.
Aloe Vera Mouthwash
Aloe vera helps to reduce the symptoms associated with gingivitis, and it can also clear up a few other issues, too.
It’s no where near as potent as lemongrass oil, and therefore you don’t need to dilute it. That said, the aloe vera juice you use must be 100% pure.
Swirl the juice around your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit out into the sink. Do this three times a day.
Buy your juice from a reputable health food store and alway read the label. Some people are allergic to aloe vera.
Aloe Vera Gel
As an alternative to aloe vera mouthwash, you can also prepare your own aloe vera gel to combat gingivitis and its effects.
All you need is an aloe leaf.
Then, you need to cut it sideways before extracting and transferring its gel to a container.
Apply some of the gel onto your affected gums. Leave it you wish, or gargle it after a few minutes with some water.
Store the gel away and apply it twice a day from now on.
This method really works, and once you’ve made the gel, it’s easy to apply again and again.
Listerine is one of the most common mouthwashes there is and you buy it from your local pharmacy. It helps with most kinds of oral infections and because it contains the right blend of antiseptics and antimicrobial essential oils, it gives your mouth a proper cleaning.
If you use Listerine often, you can even prevent oral problems from returning again.
All you need is a bottle of Listerine mouthwash. Then, follow the instructions listed on the bottle.
Do it twice a day – usually after you’ve brushed your teeth in the morning and at night.
Gargling a sage mouthwash can help to ease the inflammation associated with gingivitis thanks to the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties.
To make a sage mouthwash, add two tbsp of sage to a cup of boiling water. Simmer for around 15 minutes, strain, cool – and then gargle and swirl around your mouth.
Repeat this twice and a day and – where possible – start adding more sage to your meals.
Grandma was right – baking soda pretty much cures everything.
For gingivitis, take a tsp of baking soda and add to enough water so that it forms a paste.
Once you’ve got the paste, apply some of it with your (freshly washed) fingers onto your affected gums. Leave for up to 15 minutes before rinsing with water.
Do this twice a day for best results but just once can suffice.
It works because baking soda neutralises all pH that it comes across and soothes your sore gums. However, you need to be careful not to apply soda to your teeth by mistake because, over time, it can erode your tooth enamel.
Alum water is a really effective way of reducing redness and swelling caused by gingivitis. It destroys the bacteria.
All you need to do is dissolve a half teaspoon of alum powder in a glass of warm water.
Then, gargle it.
Rinse your mouth afterwards with plain water and repeat two more times each day (three times in total).
Clove is awesome for treating gingivitis and its related symptoms because it’s rich in analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agents.
All you need to do is simply chew a few cloves over the course of a day. We probably wouldn’t recommend that you chew on more than 3 at a time.
Another option is to rub a dab of clove oil onto your gum before leaving for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water and repeat two to three times a day.
A third option is to drop a smidgen of clove oil into a glass of water before rinsing your mouth out with it.
We’ve never been sure why grandma is so obsessed with apple cider vinegar when coconut oil can remedy just as many things!
Coconut oil is a great way to soothe gingivitis and all its horrible symptoms because it does all the dirty work – it absorbs the food debris that’s swimming around in your mouth (IKR!).
Coconut oil also kills bacterial growth and reduces swelling. It comes with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents.
All you need to do is mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with water.
Then, swirl it around your mouth for a good few minutes (at least five).
Spit the mix out into your sink and rinse with plain water.
Do this once each day for best results.
If you fancy something fresher than baking soda, how about some cranberry juice?
All you have to go is drink up to three glasses of cranberry juice each day. It’s simple!
Sometimes, the juice might be too acidic for your teeth. If it is, just heavily dilute it with water.
It works because cranberry juice is very good at eliminating bacteria and preventing it from spreading in your mouth. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents.
Make sure to only buy sugar-free juice, though!
Peppermint is just fabulous and can cure many of life’s niggling woes. It contains a good few antiseptic and antibacterial agents and is often used to combat gingivitis. It eliminates the bacteria that can cause bad breath, and it also eases inflammation.
All you need to do is crush a handful of peppermint leaves and soak them in water for half an hour. Then, rinse your mouth with this solution three times a day.
A second option is to drink a cup of peppermint tea a few times a day.
A third option is to purchase a peppermint-flavoured toothpaste.
Lemon juice is awesome because lemons are awesome! They’re rich in ascorbic and citric acid that come with antimicrobial agents that combat oral bacteria.
Making lemon juice is easy. All you need to do is mix a tbsp of lemon juice with water. Et voila!
Then, swirl it around your mouth for 2 minutes before spitting out into the sink.
Rinse with water afterwards and do this once in the morning and once before bed.
Oil pulling sounds painful, right?!
It’s actually a common Ayurvedic practice that clears bacteria from your mouth and thus can alleviate gingivitis and its related symptoms.
To oil pull, simply drop a dap of coconut or sesame oil into your mouth.
Then, swirl it around your mouth for – wait for it – fifteen minutes.
Spit it into the sink and rinse your mouth with warm water. Do this in the morning before you even clean your teeth, but do NOT swallow the oil.
Guava leaves are a great way to treat gingivitis because of their analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. They can also soothe a really bad toothache. They’re ace!
All you need to do is buy some guava leaves from a health food shop, rinse them and clean them.
Then, just chew them as you go about your day. Make sure to spit them out when you’re done, though – don’t swallow them.
Alternatively, you could grind some guava leaves and turn them into a pretty cool toothpaste that heals your gingivitis.
A third option is to buy a mouth rinse that has guava leaf extract on the label.
Mustard Oil and Salt
At first, mustard oil sounds like it wouldn’t work for treating inflamed gums.
“Won’t it burn and make them worse?” you might well ask.
The answer? Nope! Mustard oil when mixed with salt is twice as effective for reducing gingivitis because they both come with antimicrobial agents. Therefore, they can soothe inflamed gums.
All you need to do is take a teaspoon of mustard oil and mix it with a quarter teaspoon of salt.
Then, rub the mix onto your gums and massage for as much as 3 minute.
Rinse afterwards with water, making sure you’ve got rid of all the oil. Do this two times a day for best results.
If you love green tea, here is an excuse to drink more of it!
Green tea flushes toxins out of your body, and it also gives your metabolism a boost. It works wonders for your oral health too, ensuring that your gums and teeth stay in shape.
All you need is a tablespoon of green tea leaves steeped in a cup of hot water. Steep for 3 minutes.
Strain and – if you don’t really like the taste of green tea – add a pinch of honey.
Enjoy at least two cups per day. If you love green tea, enjoy more!
Turmeric is very effective for eliminating gingivitis and its symptoms because it contains a compound called curcumin. This compound comes with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents and reduces inflammation, swelling, pain and dental plaque. It also helps to eradicate bacteria from your mouth, which in turn reduces your risk of infection.
All you need to do is take a teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix it with half a teaspoon of mustard oil and half a teaspoon of salt to make a paste. Then, apply the paste on your gums and teeth before massaging. Do this twice a day for best results.
Another way to use turmeric is to mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a pinch of vitamin E and water. Doing this makes what you can call a “gum pack.” Just apply it to your sore gums twice a day for ten minutes at a time and rinse with water.
Finally, you can also brush your teeth with a turmeric and water paste. Mix some turmeric with a dab of water until you’ve got your paste, and then add it to your toothbrush on top of your normal toothpaste. Then, get scrubbing!
More tips on how to get rid of gingivitis
These were 30 effective home remedies and tips on how to get rid of gingivitis. As well as implementing these remedies, you should also keep brushing your teeth at least twice a day (three is more effective) and floss at least once per day, too.
But it might not be enough that you stick to your normal tooth brushing strategy. Are you brushing your teeth effectively? If you aren’t, it might not have any impact on your gingivitis.
From now on, take your time when cleaning your teeth. Brush for at least two minutes and give each section plenty of attention.
Also, start from a different section. Many of us, follow the same pattern when brushing our teeth, and this means that there are some sections – the ones we always get to last – that aren’t getting as much attention (or as much toothpaste!) as they need.
Try brushing in small circles from now on, too and tilt your brush up for your top teeth and down for your bottom ones. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too, as bacteria lives and thrives here. It can contribute to oral infections and it can cause bad breath.
When flossing, start with around 18” of floss. Wrap it around both your index fingers and work it gently between your teeth and gum line. The aim of flossing is to disrupt the bacteria.
Scrape your floss down each side of your tooth and rewrap it to a clean spot before starting again.
If you don’t have an electric toothbrush, consider buying one. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash, too.
It’s also important that you change your diet to prevent gingivitis from forming again. This includes cutting down on sugar and consuming more vitamin C. Changes in lifestyle will help as well. If you smoke, consider drastically cutting down.
Eliminating gingivitis won’t happen overnight, and it can take as long as 14 days to clear up once you start working on it with some of these remedies. Good luck and hope you feel better soon!