Herbal remedies for gum disease may help slow the progression of both periodontal disease and gingivitis and improve overall dental health. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are a result of bacteria and plaque build-up that progresses to the point where the gum tissues are unable to support teeth and extraction is often considered the only method to stop these conditions.
More Than Good Brushing
Good oral hygiene can prevent gum diseases and should include a minimum of at least four minutes of brushing and daily flossing. Also beneficial is gum massage that can be easily done using a finger to stimulate gum tissues
Bacteria thrive in the mouth and are a common cause of bad breath and these microscopic creatures love to hide in plaque that forms on teeth. Using baking soda and alum along with your choice of toothpaste will alter the pH levels in your mouth limiting bacterial growth. Rinsing with warm salt water can also alter the pH levels in the mouth and destroy bacteria that may have been missed when brushing.
Changing pH Levels
Baking soda, vinegar and alum can be mixed with water to create mouthwashes that will soothe irritated gum tissues while altering the pH levels in the mouth. Bacteria can only grow in an environment that is pH friendly and by altering the pH levels in the mouth limits bacterial growth. Dabbing a toothbrush in baking soda, alum or Calendula powder before applying toothpaste is another way to improve gum health as these substances work in tandem with your regular toothpaste.
Cloves is well known for its healing properties and was once found in most medicine cabinets as the oil can numb painful gums and aching teeth. The primary chemical compound found in Clove oil is eugenol, which has been scientifically found to act as an antiseptic and analgesic. Clove oil is very potent and may cause irritation but mixing a drop of Vitamin E, another natural substance used to sooth irritated gum tissues and a drop of Clove oil will provide pain relief and help clear up infected gum tissues.
Licorice root is a widely used to promote good oral health and placing a pinch of Licorice root powder on the affected gum plus it helps to combat bad breath.
Sap from a fresh Aloe Vera leave can also be placed directly onto irritated, swollen gums helping to reduce discomfort and swollen inflamed tissues plus pure Aloe Vera gel can be purchased at many health food stores.
Calendula, Sage and Tea Tree essential oils can be used on gum tissues to promote healing and all of these herbal remedies for gum disease can be diluted with Vitamin E or blended with baking soda to form a paste.
Healthy teeth and gums requires a diet high in Vitamin C and D and many minor gum diseases can be avoided by eating foods that are high in these vitamins. Powdered Vitamin C can be used directly on the gums as can Vitamin E, Folic Acid found in many citrus fruits including grapefruits, pineapples and oranges is also essential for good oral health. Unsweetened juices are best plus in addition to having a high Vitamin C content Cranberry and Strawberry juices are very beneficial in fighting gum diseases.
Echinacea is also one of the herbal remedies for gum disease and is most often taken for a few days when gum tissues are inflamed and painful. Echinacea is an immune system stimulator that encourages the body to fight off infectious agents and when combined with other herbal or alternate treatments for gum disease boosts the body’s natural defenses.
There are many herbal remedies for gum disease that are easily found and inexpensive, plus the nutritional benefits of some of these alternative treatments can improve overall health.