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How to Cure Gum Disease With Easy Home Remedies

Updated on August 1, 2012

You might not realize you have gum disease until it’s damaged your teeth and tissues. Gum disease, or periodontitis, has very few symptoms in the early stages, and if you’re not observant, you can easily miss them. Gum disease occurs when plaque – that sticky white stuff – forms on your teeth along the gum line. Plaque irritates the gum tissue, making it red and slightly swollen. As the tissue swells, it pulls away from the tooth a little bit, which allows new plaque to accumulate a little bit deeper this time. This is the start of a destructive cycle with plaque forming deeper and deeper between the gums and the teeth.

You still might not notice the problem, but at this point the plaque begins to harden into tartar if it isn’t brushed away Tartar is a lot like hard water deposits – and it can’t be brushed off the teeth at this point. If you’re serious about returning your mouth to its former healthy state, you can do so with some home remedies. But first – you really must see a dentist to have the tartar removed. After that, there’s no reason why you can’t treat your gums at home. Without treatment, more tartar will build up beneath the gum line, causing the teeth to loosen and eventually, you’ll lose the affected teeth. So, let’s get started. Time to bite the bullet (figuratively, of course) and fix those gums.

Tartar Removal

This is the part for the dentist, or, actually, it will probably be a dental hygienist. Many people are frightened of dental care and some just don’t have the cash to pay for it. But this is the one thing you really must do first. If you’re near a school of dentistry, you might be able to cut a good deal on tartar removal. Otherwise, just call around the different dentist offices in your community and ask if they have payment plans.

Let’s Get Going With the Home Remedies

Vitamin C is a known nutrient for good gum health. On long passages over the ocean centuries ago, many sailors and passengers lost their teeth to scurvy, a gum disease that strikes those with vitamin C deficiency. There’s no need to take megadoses of Vitamin C, although experts say it won’t hurt you. Your body does not store Vitamin C, so anything you take in an amount more than you need will pass out of your body in your urine.

Take 500mg of Vitamin C, three times a day, for a total of 1500mg per day. Morning, noon and evening are best. Take the supplements with meals. If you experience stomach irritation, usually in the form of loose stools or diarrhea, take Ester C, a milder form of Vitamin C that won’t upset your stomach.

Gum Massage

The least expensive home remedy for gum disease is also one of the simplest. Gum massage. You can do it virtually anywhere. Use your thumb and forefinger to massage your gums firmly but gently in a circular motion on the entire bottom and upper jaw. You can massage while you’re watching television, when you’re driving, while soaking in a luxurious bathtub or even while reading a book. Make it a habit to massage your gums every time you think of it. The massaging action stimulates circulation, speeding healing time. After brushing, massage your gums. If desired, you can use an herbal gum massage solution for even better results.

Heal those gums at home.
Heal those gums at home.

Healing Herbs and Products for Brushing

Baking soda combined with an equal amount of salt makes an inexpensive but powerful tooth brushing product. The baking soda gently cleans plaque from the teeth, dislodging even stuck-on plaque at the gum line and the salt tones gum tissues. You can use regular toothpaste once a day, and use the salt/soda combination to brush your teeth before bedtime or you can use the powder every time you brush. If you dislike the salty taste, add a few drops of spearmint essential oil to your salt/soda mixture and stir or shake to distribute.

Apple cider vinegar is another powerful healer in the war against gum disease. Add one tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and use it as a rinse after brushing with baking soda. Drink the rest of the water to build up your system and fight gum disease from the inside. For the best results, use only apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it.

Chew on a fresh rosemary leaf or crush a few leaves to use as a poultice when you have gum flare-up. You can purchase fresh rosemary in the fresh herb section of your supermarket, but it’s cheaper to grow rosemary in a pot in a sunny spot in your home or outdoors.

Add a drop of pure tea tree oil to your toothbrush every time you brush. Tea tree oil not only heals the gums, it’s antiseptic and antibiotic, so it fights bacteria where it starts. Just one drop is all you need. For a stronger treatment, massage a drop of tea tree oil into your gums just before bedtime and don’t rinse your mouth. The oil works overnight to protect your gums from the ravages of plaque.

Soothe Those Gums

A dry mouth can lead to irritated gums and gum disease. If you breathe through your mouth at night, consider using anti-snoring strips that open your nasal passages and help you breathe through your nose.

Alternately, smooth a few drops of 100% pure aloe vera gel over your gums at night or during the day after brushing to soothe irritated tissue and form a protective seal that keeps your gums moist and healthy.

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, both of which reduce circulation and can worsen gum disease. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush at a 45 degree angle at the gum line where plaque forms. Brush your teeth for a full three minutes but don’t brush too hard. A vibrating or rotating toothbrush it the best option since it scrubs away plaque without abusing tender gums.Although it's not the cheapest, I've had great results with the Phillips SonicCare Toothbrush. Another brand might work just as well.

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      Josh 2 years ago

      I am in Canada and I just had a consultation for gincivegtomy and they're quoting me $3400.00!! I cannot believe it. Where is your dental office that you work at? Even with our health care coverage maybe its easier to just come to the US and pay outright. Please let me know! Thanks

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      c.elangovan 3 years ago

      Excellent information

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Great advice. Gum massage has made a big difference for me.

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      HowardBThiname 5 years ago from Midwest

      Misty - yes, try the tea tree oil and thanks for the tip about using it for fleas on cats. Great!

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      mistylight 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this article. Great advise. I was raised brushing teeth with baking soda if we ran out of paste. I am going to try using tea tree oil, (that I normally use to keep fleas away from my cats), and apple cider vinagar, who knew?

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      HowardBThiname 5 years ago from Midwest

      Good points, lambservant and drsobel. A regular care routine is essential to stay on top of gum health. There is also talk about reducing acid-forming foods and increasing alkaline-forming foods, to reduce plaque build up along the gum line. I recently read an article about a new discovery that could make cavaties obsolete. A chemical, that when added to toothpaste, could virtually wipe out decay. That would be amazing.

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      A dentist once taught me gum massage with a very soft toothbrush. This is a great article. I have dry mouth from medications and so my gums are not very healthy. I will use your ideas.

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      drsohel 5 years ago from Dhaka, BD

      Good advice. Regular brushing teeth at least twice daily, scrapping tongue at least twice daily along with a regular balanced diet can easily keep away gum disease. And you're right, electric toothbrush is good for removing plaques. But choose electric toothbrush wisely so that it can serve your purpose.