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Natural Treatments for Gingivitis


Often the first thing someone notices about you is your smile. But, what if your smile isn’t as beautiful as you’d like it to be because of gingivitis (aka: gum disease)? Aside from the pain of this dental condition, there are the cosmetic effects that may put a damper on your first impressions. And while surgery is recommended for some cases, you may be able to improve your gingivitis with natural methods before taking such a drastic measure.

What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a painful infection in the gums.  The main cause for gingivitis is poor dental hygiene, but a poor diet and poor elimination can also cause the condition as can hormonal changes and certain medications. It’s estimated that over 80 million Americans suffer from some version of gum disease.

What are the symptoms?
Pain (especially while brushing), bleeding and swelling of the gums are the initial symptoms of gingivitis.  When the case is severe, the gums begin to recede and the teeth become loose.  Also, unexplained bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be an indication of gingivitis. 

Prevention Tips
Your best bet when it comes to battling gingivitis is to prevent it in the first place.  Here are some ways to help ward off this painful gum disease:

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Visit the dentist every six months for a check-up
  • Use an antiseptic mouth rinse to avoid the build-up of bacteria from sugary foods and drinks.

Natural Treatment Options
If you suffer from gingivitis, your dentist may tell you there is nothing he or she can do except surgery.  But there are some natural methods you can try before you get to that point.

  • Get plenty of alkaline foods, such as fruits and vegetables, in your diet.  Doing so may help you overcome an acidic condition in your body (an acidic body is thought to be more prone to infection and sickness).

  • Rinse, gargle and brush gums thoroughly with goldenseal and myrrh powder (or a teaspoon of each), boiled.  Goldenseal helps overcome gingivitis by killing and neutralizing poisons.  Myrrh is an antiseptic and is very healing. It also acts as a great as mouthwash or toothpaste.

  • Rub your gums with clove oil, or keep a whole clove in your mouth to ease pain.

  • Use mouthwash containing sage oil, peppermint oil, menthol, chamomile tincture or use toothpaste containing these same elements.

  • Make sure your diet is rich in both Vitamin C and fiber.

  • Myrrh, goldenseal, White oak bark, prickly wash, bayberry bark, horsetail, and slippery elm bark are other herbal remedies you can try to ease the discomfort of gingivitis.

There are also natural products emerging that not only help you have optimal oral health, but help whiten your smile!

Don’t let the pain and potential embarrassment of gingivitis affect your smile.  Follow the simple prevention tips to prevent gingivitis in the future. If you’re already suffering from gingivitis, try the natural methods before you resort to surgery.

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