Minor gum infections (i.e., gingivitis) may not require medical attention, but instead can be treated with simple home remedies.
Read on to learn how.
What Can You Do?
Regular dental care can lessen your chances of developing problems with your teeth and gums. However, keep in mind that you also play a part. You must brush (2 or 3 times a day, especially after meals) and floss (at least once a day) regularly. You can also try some herbal concoctions to keep your teeth and gums healthy. When in doubt or if problems persist, you should definitely see your dentist.
Your dentist will likely prescribe a short round of antibiotics to get rid of the infection, because only the worst cases require surgery. Go au natural if you prefer using the remedies below, and save a visit to the dentist for routine checkups or more severe issues.
Sesame – This herb’s essential oil can be used as a mouth rinse on a daily basis to treat minor gum infection. One of the reasons sesame oil is effective is because it contains lots of vitamin E and calcium (as well as some other trace minerals), which are soothing and healing to the entire mouth. Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties help it to regenerate cells, heal wounds and defend against infection and disease. Calcium is also known to preserve and strengthen the teeth (and bones).
Vitamin E – For those who dislike or are somehow allergic to sesame oil, just applying vitamin E oil topically works just as good. Just massage it into your gums and between the teeth, wherever there is inflammation or signs of disease. As mentioned, vitamin E heals damaged cells and repairs the gums. If your gums bleed often (especially when brushing), vitamin E may be just the solution you need.
Goldenseal and Echinacea – Gum disease, like any other infection, responds well to antibiotics – but it doesn’t have to come from pharmaceutical sources. You can use the all-natural herbs, goldenseal and Echinacea instead. Both of these herbs give the immune system a boost against any type of bacterial infections, so that the body can repair itself. To treat your gum infection, mix a glass of your favorite juice (or water if you don’t mind the taste when mixed) with a teaspoonful of goldenseal two times a day. In addition, take 3 echinacea pills at the initial onset of symptoms. Then let your body do its work.
Peach Pit Tea – This fruity drink also serves as an infection-alleviating mouthwash. By no means is it a cure, but it does provide some relief. Peach pit tea is easy on your already-inflamed gums, so it can be used multiple times during the day to lessen your symptoms. Peach pit tea can apparently also stop your gum disease from spreading and getting worse.