Gum disease is not a severe kind of dental condition. However, if you don’t treat it right away, it can turn into something terrible that will leave your mouth with loose teeth.
Causes of Gum Disease
If you haven’t heard of gum disease, then you might have heard of its other name – gingivitis. Gingivitis is a condition where your gums are weak due to bacteria found in tartar (or hardened plaque). You will know if your gums are weak if they easily bleed when you brush your teeth.
Sometimes, you will notice that your gums become more susceptible to canker sores. A slight nudge on your gums might cause a swell or bleeding. These things are symptoms that you have gum disease.
The main reason why you get gum disease is that your teeth already have a lot of hardened plaque on it. When plaque is not removed right away, it can affect your gums by pushing down on it. That is why the gums that are connected to your teeth easily bleed when you brush. To add to that, plaque contains bacteria that can infect your gums. These bacteria can also damage your teeth.
It’s important to know that gum disease is not only caused by plaque. It can also be an effect of smoking and medicine that is too strong for your gums. Sometimes, it is a sign that you are deficient in some vitamins and nutrients.
Reversing Gum Disease
When your dentist tells you that you have gum disease, you needn’t panic because there are ways on how to reverse gum disease. Depending on the damage done to your gums, you can either get surgery or just prepare a home remedy.
If it’s the latter, then you can definitely do some home remedies in order to reverse gum disease. Here are 4 home remedies you can try.
Brush your teeth regularly and properly.
One of the simplest things you can do to reverse gum disease is to brush your teeth regularly and properly. This means that you shouldn’t rush when brushing. You should also pay attention to the kind of brush you are using. Ideally, it should have soft and fine bristles so that it isn’t rough on your gums. The fine bristles will also help clean the spaces between your teeth.
Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal. This will prevent food from staying in your mouth to get converted into plaque or acid.
Floss every day.
To further clean your teeth, you should accompany it with flossing. Dental floss isn’t popular among a lot of people because there is a misconception that brushing is enough. However, brushing doesn’t remove already formed plaque on the teeth. If you floss daily, there’s a better chance that you remove almost all the dirt that sticks in your gums and teeth.
Use an antibacterial mouthwash.
Since one of the reasons why you have gum disease is bacteria, then you should be combatting the bacteria. Or better yet, make sure that your mouth is ready to take on bacteria. The best way to do this is to gargle with an antibacterial mouthwash.
There are many kinds of mouthwash sold over the counter, but there are also home remedies for your gums. One solution is the famous salt-and-water solution. By mixing half a teaspoon of salt with lukewarm water, you can now have a mouthwash that can rinse off the bacteria in your mouth. This is also a good natural solution for when you have canker sores. However, too much use of this mouthwash can erode the enamel on your teeth so just use this sparingly for a week.
Try oil pulling.
Oil pulling is another way to remove the bacteria in your mouth. It has been used in Asian cultures even before mouthwash was invented. All you have to do is to use coconut oil and swish it inside your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Don’t try to gargle it because it’s hard not to swallow. This technique not only removes bacteria but it also helps improve your overall dental health.
With these four remedies, there is a high chance that you can get your gums to perfect health again. Just remember to practice healthy dental habits so that your gums won’t get severely damaged in the long run.