10 gingivitis home remedies that actually work
Oral diseases are the most common noncommunicable diseases globally and are estimated to affect half the world’s population, according to the World Health Organisation. While tooth decay is the most prevalent condition and is typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits, gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease which can result in tooth loss, is estimated to be the 11th most prevalent disease globally.
If your gums regularly bleed, are irritated and are swollen, there’s a good chance you have gingivitis, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. See your dentist before you try to manage this issue on your own, and be sure to tell her/him about any home treatments you may want to try.
These home remedies are backed by medical research and may help treat gingivitis.
Regularly sipping on this herbal brew may help alleviate gingivitis. Green tea is high in antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. According to research published in the Journal of International Oral Health, green tea may counteract the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria in the mouth and can help ease the swelling and bleeding from gingivitis. The polyphenols in green tea may also help inhibit the growth of bacteria that can lead to gingivitis.
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic with antibacterial properties used to prevent skin infections from minor cuts and abrasions. Swishing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide may also help relieve minor mouth irritations and kill bacteria that could lead to gum disease, according to cosmetic dentist Jennifer Jablow. “You can dilute the 3% hydrogen peroxide you get at the chemist, mixing it 50/50 with water,” says Jablow. “I tell my patients to put some in their water flosser to really help kill the bacteria under their gums.”