Do you feel irritation, redness, swelling or puffiness in your gums? Do you often suffer from bad breath and do your gums feel tender and bleed, especially while brushing or flossing? If yes, you have gingivitis. Don’t be scared, though. Gingivitis is a mild infection of gums and is very common occurrence. Several people have it but very few are aware of it.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene which results in formation of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is an invisible, sticky film composed of bacteria that can irritate the gums as well as the teeth.
Other causes of gingivitis might be:
Ill-fitting dental restorations
In addition, pregnancy and certain medicines also cause gingivitis.
Gingivitis in itself is not a serious condition nevertheless it has to be treated at the onset. If left untreated, it can lead to serious infection and even weaken the tooth badly, leading to its fall.
Home remedies to treat gingivitis
Salt is very good for both teeth and gums. During our grandparents’ times, salt was widely used to clean teeth. For gingivitis, you may either use salt solution in water or a paste of salt in mustard oil.
For salt solution, mix half a teaspoon of salt in one glass of lukewarm water. Use this solution to rinse your mouth at least twice a day, more if required. It gives big relief to gums.
Similarly, a paste of salt and mustard oil, when rubbed on swollen gums, provides the much-needed relief.
You can make a paste of turmeric, salt and mustard oil and rub it on gums twice a day.
Or make a turmeric gum pack by mixing turmeric in water and apply it on gums. Keep it on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties due to presence of anti-oxidants in it. It can help reduce plazue, pain, swelling and infection.
Put a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil in your mouth and swish it everywhere around inside the mouth. Then rinse your mouth with warm water. Both these oils not only strengthen gums, but also reduce plaque.
Make a paste of baking soda with water and apply it on gums. Leave it for about one-two minutes and then rinse your mouth. Doing this three-four times in a week is enough to relieve you of the pain in gums.
You may either use lemon juice-water solution as mouthwash or make a paste of lemon juice and salt and apply it on gums. Do it as many times as you feel. It’s perfectly natural and has no side-effects.
This one is an excellent remedy. Just pluck a leaf, break it open and extract the pulp. Apply the pulp on gums and rub it gently for some time. Then leave it for 10 minutes and wash with cold water. Aloe vera has a host of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and is very effective against gingivitis.