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Natural Cures for Gingivitis

Updated on June 15, 2010
 

Many people suffer from an inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. The most common reason that people know that they have gingivitis is because they suffer from gums that are swollen, in pain and / or bleeding. A foul odor from the mouth can also be a major sign of gingivitis and a reason that people will seek out a cure for this problem. There are many methods of treating gingivitis including both natural cures and medical cures. This article explores what gingivitis is and how to cure it using natural methods.

Basic Information about Gingivitis

Before you need to know how to treat gingivitis, you need to know what this disease is. At its simplest, this is a disease of the gums. It is primarily seen in the form of inflammation and bleeding from the gums. However, there are other symptoms of gingivitis which include mouth sores, discoloration of the gums (ranging from too-dark red to purple), and even puss oozing from the gums. The odor that comes from the mouth when you have gingivitis is the most common reason that people will seek out treatment. Most people go to a dentist to find out for sure if what they have is gingivitis or something else.

Natural Treatment for Gingivitis

The following treatment options are non-medical options that can be used to treat gingivitis. They will likely have varying degrees of success depending on the individual.

  • Good oral hygiene. The most important thing that you can do to prevent and treat gingivitis is to make sure that you are paying attention to the care of your teeth and gums. This means that you always brush and floss twice daily and that you make sure to wash with a good mouth rinse whenever you have eaten something that is bad for the teeth and gums (such as sugary foods). Taking care of the health of your mouth is the single best way to deal with gingivitis on an ongoing basis.
  • Calcium. There has been proven to be a correlation between lack of calcium and the development of gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, you should consider getting your calcium levels checked out. If they are low, adding to your calcium intake could reduce the problem that you are having with gingivitis.
  • Vitamin C. Likewise, Vitamin C deficiency can exacerbate problems related to gingivitis so it is important to eat foods rich in Vitamin C or to take a Vitamin C supplement when you are trying to prevent or treat this gum disease.
  • Tea tree oil. It is believed by many that tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic which can offer great treatment for gingivitis. You don't rinse with this but instead drop a little on to your toothbrush each time that you brush your teeth.
  • Bloodroot. There are many natural toothpastes that include this herbal ingredient and it's something that you should look for because it's capable of preventing plaque build-up which helps in the treatment of gingivitis.
  • Baking soda solution. It is recommended that individuals with gingivitis make a paste out of baking soda and water and rub it on the gums daily to reduce the inflammation caused by the disease.

The most important thing that you can do to treat gingivitis is to prevent it with good oral hygiene and good nutrition but there are additional natural cures that you can use to treat the problem when it's at its worst.

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    gina 

    6 years ago

    has anyone heard of a topical gel system with the coenzyme q10 to help gums or gingivitis?

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    Chris Hugh 

    6 years ago

    Wow, that's a nasty picture! I think flossing regularly and getting your teeth cleaned more often than every six months makes a big difference.

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    James 

    7 years ago

    Herbal Dentist Tooth & Gum Oil cured my gingivitis fast! Check it out on Ebay, or at www.herbaldentist.net

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    rajeshvijayasekar 

    7 years ago from Chennai, India

    Thanks for the informative hub. Contains almost all the information about gingivitis.

    https://hubpages.com/health/how-to-reduce-pain-in-

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    drsohel 

    7 years ago from Dhaka, BD

    Thanks for a nice, informative and really a helpful hub. It's better to prevent than to cure. For prevention, education and it's implementation is must.

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    readabook 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Good hub. I am a big fan of tea tree and add a few drops to my water pik.

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    DentalSolutionsEU 

    8 years ago from Southern Portugal

    That's a photo of gingivitis AND periodontal disease. A photo of just gingivitis would not be as dramatic.

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    Katelyn Weel 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I can't help but wonder who's nasty teeth are posted all over the web, and how much that person must hate themselves for allowing their mouth to be photographed.

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    belief713 

    10 years ago from NJ

    Thank you. I've never heard of bloodroot - will have to check that out.

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