A large number of adults in the US have various types and severity of gum diseases. These diseases could be as simple as a gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, which could degenerate into severe gum inflammations, called periodontitis, and other severe gum diseases that could lead to teeth removal.
The major cause of gum diseases, gum pains and gum aches is poor oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene could lead to bacteria and plaque build up in the margins of the teeth and gums.
Furthermore, other factors could increase your likelihood of having gum diseases and gum aches. These factors include; diabetes, poor nutrition, hormonal changes, medication, genetic dispositions, stress and certain illnesses.
Common symptoms of gum diseases include; bad breath (halitosis), receding gum, inflamed gum, loose teeth, painful chewing, and tender gum.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider when dealing with gum diseases and gum pains;
- Ensure you brush and floss regularly. Brush twice a day.
- Drink water frequently to keep your mouth and gum hydrated.
- Avoid smoking.
- Stay away from stressful situations.
- Ensure you use toothpaste containing fluoride.
- Ensure you visit your dentist at least twice a year.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Stay away from sugary beverages as they could cause dental caries.
- Make consumption of herbal tea a habit.
Below are 53 home remedies and natural treatments for treating gum diseases, gum pains and gum aches;
1. Sea Salt
Sea salt is one of the best natural ingredients to relieve gum problems and pains. Take a glass of water and add sea salt to it. Stir well until the salt completely dissolves in it. Swish the solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit it. Repeat it several times in a day to alleviate inflammation of the gum.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil helps in effectively reducing gum inflammation because of its powerful anti-inflammatory action. It also helps in reducing bleeding and eliminates gingivitis, although it may not be an effective remedy for plaque. Put a little tea tree oil in your regular toothpaste and use it to brush your teeth and gums. The medicinal properties of tea tree will be beneficial in maintaining a better gum health. You may also look for a toothpaste formulated with tea tree oil.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has a double action in improving your oral health. The antibacterial properties, of hydrogen peroxide, aid in killing the infection-causing bacteria in the gum while brightening your teeth in a natural way. Add a little hydrogen peroxide (3%) with an equal amount of water and use it for an oral rinse. Repeat this several times in a week to get rid of gum problems.
4. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is high in vitamin C and would greatly help in treating gum diseases. To yield a fast and effective result, drink about two tablespoons of cranberry juice every day on a regular basis. It will help in preventing the growth of bacteria in your teeth.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can be beneficial for treating sore gums. It soothes inflammation and reduces irritation and discomfort. Extract fresh aloe vera gel from its leaf and add a little clove oil to it. Mix well and apply it on your gums using a clean cotton swab. You can also use a toothpaste with aloe vera in it or apply aloe vera directly on the problem area.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda has a neutralizing action on the acids present in your oral cavity. This helps in reducing tooth decay and infection. It also kills bacteria present in the mouth and promotes healing. Take some baking soda in a bowl and make a paste by adding a little amount of warm water. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to apply it on your gums. You may also use a mixture of baking soda and salt to apply to your gums.
Honey, especially manuka honey, has a soothing action on inflamed gums. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties are great for reducing infection of the gum in a natural way. Take a little amount of raw honey and apply it to the infected area after cleaning your mouth or after brushing. Since honey causes no side effects, it can be applied without any concern, although avoid using it too much as it is high in sugar.
8. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a powerful antimicrobial agent that can heal your gums. It fights inflammation and relieves gum problems in a simple, fast and easy manner. Take 2 tbsp of coconut oil and mix it with an equal amount of baking soda. Use it to brush your teeth. Repeat this 1-2 times weekly until the problem resolves.
Flossing is a good way to remove food from the tiny gaps between your teeth. Such accumulated food becomes the perfect ground for the bacteria to grow and thrive. This may lead to infections and gum pain. An effective way to prevent gum diseases is to floss on a regular basis. It will keep your mouth free from food particles that do not go with regular brushing.
10. Chamomile Tea
The soothing action of chamomile tea is beneficial for relieving gum problems in a natural way. All you need to do is steep some dried chamomile flowers in hot water for 8-10 minutes. Once cool, you may use this water to rinse your mouth several times a day. Being an antiseptic agent, chamomile tea effectively prevents and treats gum diseases.
If you are dealing with gum infections, lemons can alleviate the problem in an incredible way. It contains vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant and promotes faster healing. The anti-inflammatory properties, of lemon, stop further damage to the gum and relieves pain and discomfort. Mix a little lemon juice with salt and apply it directly to the problem area. Leave it for a few minutes and gargle with warm water to rinse it off.
Myrrh is an excellent remedy for sore gums. Myrrh’s antiseptic and astringent properties help in reducing gum problems in a natural manner. Add myrrh tincture (10 drops) in warm water and rinse your mouth with it. The tincture can also be added to your saltwater mouth rinse to reap its benefits. Do this twice every day on a regular basis.
13. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling has been used for many years to reduce gum diseases, gum pains, and gum aches. Furthermore, oil pulling also helps in strengthening the teeth and relieve bad breath. Take about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil or coconut oil and swish it around your mouth. Make sure to pass it through the gaps of your teeth. Keep doing it for 15 minutes until the oil becomes milky. Discard it and wash your mouth. Do this once daily for a month.
14. Clove Oil
Clove oil is analgesic and would help in dealing with gum issues, especially gum pains, in an effective way. Clove oil relieves gum pain almost instantly. Being an antiseptic, clove oil kills the germs that cause gum diseases. Put a little clove oil in a cotton swab and apply it to the affected area. You can also place a clove in the problem area for a similar healing effect.
15. Burdock Root
Burdock root is another great easily available natural remedy for gum diseases that work. Its anti-inflammatory action stimulates healing of the gums and eliminates pain and discomfort. It also has powerful antibacterial properties that can reduce and prevent infection and promote a good gum health. Put some dried burdock roots in water and boil it. Let it cool, strain the liquid and use it to rinse your mouth.
16. Green Tea
Green tea has numerous health benefits, but did you know that it is helpful in alleviating gum diseases? The tannins and catechins, present in green tea, promote healing and reduce gum inflammations in a natural way. All you have to do is prepare a cup of green tea and sip it slowly a few times during the day.
17. Tongue Cleaning
Tongue cleaning is as much important as brushing your teeth regularly. It will help in preventing bacterial growth and plague. You must clean your tongue after every meal in a gentle way to remove deposits that may increase the chances of gum diseases. Use a good quality tongue cleaner and move it from back to front in a mild way to scrape away any bacteria growing on the tongue.
18. Tea Bags
Tea Bags are an effective remedy for eliminating gum diseases and associated discomfort. The tannic acids present in tea reduces inflammation from the affected area and provides relief from pain. Since tea is high in antioxidants, it speeds up recovery from gum infections. Place a used tea bag in the affected area for 5 minutes. Make sure you cool the tea bag after steeping it in hot water.
19. Calcium-Rich Foods
Maintaining your calcium levels is another great way to get rid of gum diseases and prevent them altogether. Include foods that are naturally high in calcium such as green leafy vegetables, almonds, and salmon to heal your gums faster.
20. Herbal Rinsing
To reduce gum pain and aches, you may use a homemade herbal rinse that will instantly bring relief. All you have to do is take some fresh herbs and crush or grind them to make a paste. Using warm water rinse your mouth with this paste. Make sure the warm water cools to room temperature before using it. Repeat this twice every day to get rid of gum diseases.
21. Avoid Tobacco
Tobacco is dangerous for your oral health. Chewing tobacco can irritate the gums leading to gum diseases and even cancer. Therefore, it is important to stay away from tobacco to maintain a better gum health. Also, avoid smoking as it can have an adverse effect on your gums and teeth besides being injurious to your overall health.
22. Vitamin D Intake
Vitamin D helps in faster healing of your gum problems and alleviate pains and aches. You must include foods such a fish, eggs and salmon to increase your vitamin D levels. It can also be obtained by exposing your skin to early morning sun for 15 minutes every day. Vitamin D will protect your gums and keep them healthy.
Listerine is readily available and would help in keeping your oral cavity free from problems. Use it to gargle and rinse your mouth at least twice every week to keep gum infections at a bay. A regular use will foster beneficial results in a simple and easy way.
24. Co-Enzyme Q 10
If you are frequently dealing with gum problems, you should consider taking Co-enzyme Q 10. It is nothing but a vitamin that assists in releasing energy from sugars and fats. This enzyme is found to be extremely helpful in reducing gum diseases and keeping you free from pain and discomfort.
25. Fresh Fruit Juices
Fruit juices not only foster an overall good health but also keeps gum diseases at a bay. Since they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, consuming juices promote healing in a natural way. Include freshly extracted juices of oranges, pineapples, and grapes in your diet on a regular basis to reduce oral problems. However, avoid factory-produced fruit juice as the high sugar levels in them could lead to dental caries.
26. Turmeric Powder
Curcumin, in turmeric, has a natural anti-inflammatory action in the body. In addition to that, turmeric also contains a huge amount of antioxidants which helps in curing the gum from infections in a fast and effective way. Make a tooth powder by mixing Ayurvedic powders such as black pepper, alum, salt and turmeric powder to eliminate bacterial infections from your gums.
Neem is one of the best natural ingredients for better gums and teeth. Due to its protective and healing properties, it is extensively used in herbal toothpaste and powders. Being antimicrobial in nature, it fights harmful oral bacteria and alleviates pain and aches. You may use toothpaste with neem in it to brush your teeth and gums on a regular basis. Powdered dried neem leaves can be used to brush your teeth. If you do not like the taste of neem, consider adding a little baking soda to it.
28. Gum Massage
Massaging your gums after brushing your teeth and cleaning your mouth will soothe the irritated area and improve the blood circulation around your gum. Massaging your gums would also strengthen the gums and promote better healing.
Asafoetida helps in reducing inflammation and harmful bacteria activities in the gum. It can be easily used as a remedy by heating a little amount of asafoetida and mixing it with lemon juice. Apply it on the affected area to reduce pain and aches in a fast and effective manner.
30. Castor Oil
Castor oil has a fast healing action on the gums. It can alleviate gum diseases in a simple and natural way. Put a few drops of castor oil on your toothpaste and brush using it on a regular basis. Always use a soft bristle brush to be gentle on the inflamed gums. You may also make a mixture by adding castor oil (200ml) with honey (100ml). Also, add camphor (5gm) to it and rub it gently on the affected area to relieve the symptoms.
Ginger’s active constituents, such as gingerols, shogaol, and paradols, help in protecting the gums against infection and alleviate pains and aches. If you have swollen gums, a ginger tea may significantly help in providing relief. You may also use a paste of fresh ginger root mixed with salt to eliminate infection and reduce gum diseases.
32. Oregano Oil
Oregano is an excellent herb for maintaining a good gum health. It reduces pains associated with gum diseases and infection. Take oregano oil and dilute it with 3 parts of olive oil. Mix well and apply it on your sore gums with the help of a cotton swab. Avoid using undiluted oregano oil if you have sensitive teeth.
Apples not only keeps you in a good health but also aids in boosting your gum health. The huge amount of nutrients present in apples has a healing effect on the gum. Eating an apple every day will strengthen your gums and keep diseases at a bay.
34. Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon is another natural ingredient that helps in alleviating gum diseases. All you have to do is dilute 1 part of the cinnamon oil with 20 parts of jojoba oil and apply it on the inflamed gums with the help of a cotton swab. Alternatively, you can mix a little cinnamon powder with coconut oil and add it to your regular toothpaste for an effective cure for gum diseases, gum pains, and gum aches.
35. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has many medicinal properties which help to heal the gum faster. All you have to do is dilute lavender oil with a carrier oil and apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball.
Onions have an anti-inflammatory action which makes it a great natural ingredient to cure gum inflammation and pain. Simply crush an onion to extract its juice and apply it to the affected area with the help of a cotton ball. You may also chew raw onion to heal your gums in a fast way.
37. Urine Therapy
Surprisingly, your urine can be a formidable cure for your gum problems. Since urine has a therapeutic ability, it can relieve gum disease, pains, and aches in an inexpensive and easy way. Collect morning uring in a clean container and fill your mouth with it. Make sure you use fresh urine. Let it stay for 10-15 minutes and spit it. The healing substances in the urine are helpful in curing gum disorders.
Fenugreek has high medicinal value and is used as a natural remedy for many ailments. Fenugreek can effectively relieve gum inflammations and diseases. Take powdered fenugreek and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply this paste to your gums.
39. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver can effectively reduce gum pains. You may apply some colloidal silver directly into the inflamed gums. You may also use it as a mouth rinse. Simply swirl it for 10 minutes in your mouth so that the inflammation is reduced. Do this several times to reduce gum diseases and promote healing.
40. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is known for its detoxifying effects and is widely used for many purposes. Take a teaspoon of activated charcoal and mix it with water to make a paste. Secure it in a gauze. Now place this gauze on the affected area of the gum and leave it for a few minutes. Remove it and rinse your mouth with water.
Camphor is useful in alleviating gum pains as well as in reducing gum inflammations. SImply add a little camphor in castor oil and mix well. Then, apply this mixture to the gum two times a day for a few days to completely eliminate the problem.
42. Cashew Oil
Cashew contains anacardic acids which detoxify the gums and clears infection in a natural way. Cashew oil also kills the disease-causing bacteria and speeds up healing. Take a little cashew oil and apply it on your gums using a cotton swab.
43. Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass juice is another detoxifying ingredient that prevents bacterial growth in the oral cavity. Extract some fresh wheatgrass juice and use it to rinse your mouth. Make sure to allow the juice to sit on the painful areas for a few seconds.
Echinacea flowers are anti-inflammatory and would help in reducing gum problems in an easy manner. Take echinacea tincture in a bowl and dip a cotton swab in it. Apply it to the inflamed and painful gum for an instant relief.
45. Acacia Nilotica
Acacia nilotica has been used for many years to get rid of gum problems. The bark of the tree has a high medicinal value that promotes better gum health. If it is readily available in your area, you could use it by chewing on it on a daily basis to get rid of bacterial growth in your mouth.
46. Wintergreen Oil
Besides being an effective antiseptic, wintergreen oil significantly reduces gum pains and aches. It speeds up the healing process and alleviates gum diseases fast. It can be applied topically to the affected area to relieve pain. If the oil is not readily available, you may chew chewing gums containing it.
47. Holy Basil
Basil is an excellent herb for curing many ailments including gum disease. It kills bacteria, speeds up recovery and reduces inflammation and pain of the gum. Simply add some holy basil leaves in a cup or two of hot water to make a tea. Sip the tea on a regular basis to prevent gum disorders.
48. Plantain Leaves
A herbal paste made of plantain leaves can relieve gum diseases in an inexpensive and easy way. Just take 3-4 leaves of plantain and crush them. Add water to make a paste and put it on the affected area. You may also add a little salt to the paste to increase its effectiveness.
Eucalyptus is widely used to alleviate pains. It can be useful in reducing gum pains and aches too. Take a few eucalyptus leaves and rub them on the affected area of your gums. You may also crush the leaves to make a paste that can be applied directly to the inflamed gums.
If there is bleeding from your gums, alum would help stop it effectively. It also relieves pain and provides a great relief from the discomfort. Crush a small piece of alum and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply this paste, using a cotton swab, to the bleeding gums. Alternatively, put a little alum in a bowl of lukewarm water and let it get dissolved completely. Use it as a mouthwash or gargle it.
51. Apple Cider Vinegar
The malic acid, present in apple cider vinegar, effectively kills the harmful bacteria present in the mouth. Dilute 1 teaspoon of the vinegar in a glass of water and use it to rinse your mouth on a regular basis.
52. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is used to instantly reduce gum pains and aches. It also has a protective action against the germs that cause gum disorders. Peppermint oil is especially important if your gum issue causes increased incidence of halitosis (bad breath). Dilute peppermint oil with water and use it to wash your mouth. Do it a few times in a day to relieve your gum pain and aches.
A deficiency of L-lysine in the body may lead to gum disorders. Since this amino acid is not produced by our body, it is extremely important to consume foods having a high amount of L-lysine to maintain its level naturally. Include foods such as tomatoes, melons, broccoli, red peppers and strawberries in your regular diet to maintain L-lysine’s level. You may also consume citrus foods as they are high in L-lysine.
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