It is estimated that gum disease affects around 20 percent of adults in Australia. This painful condition is caused by a build up of plaque below the gum line. The plaque irritates the gums, causing swelling, bleeding and pain. If left untreated it can lead to tooth loss. Getting to a dentist isn't always easy, so below are 5 home treatments to help combat gum disease.
Brushing with baking soda will help to neutralise acids in your mouth; this helps to reduce the severity of gum disease. You should mix a small amount of baking soda with warm water before applying the paste to the teeth and gums with a toothbrush. Brush for one minute before rinsing your mouth with water and brushing again with regular toothpaste.
Oil pulling is an effective means of treating gum disease. You should take one spoonful of organic vegetable oil and swill it around your mouth for 15 minutes. After this time, spit the oil out and rinse the mouth with water. The oil helps to kill bacteria within the mouth, which reduces the formation of plaque and lessens irritation to the gums.
Honey has long been known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, meaning that it helps to both soothe gums and to fight off possible infections. Prepare your mouth by brushing your teeth and gums with regular toothpaste. Apply a small amount of honey to the affected gum. Due to its high sugar content, honey can damage tooth enamel, so you should take care to avoid contact with your teeth.
Tea contains large amounts of tannic acid. Tannic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which will help to heal sore gums. You should steep one tea bag in hot water for a couple of minutes before removing the teabag and allowing it to cool. Once cool, place the teabag against the affected gum for 5 minutes before rinsing the mouth with water.
Lemon juice has an anti-inflammatory action on the gums. It also contains large amounts of vitamin C which can further help to combat gum disease. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl, adding a pinch of salt. Mix these together until a paste is formed. Then, apply the paste to the infected gum and wait for 5 minutes for the paste to take effect before rinsing your mouth with water.
While home treatments can help to soothe the pain and discomfort of gum disease while also preventing its reoccurrence, you should also visit a dental professional, such as those found at DC Dental, for regular check ups.