How To Get Rid of Gingivitis

6 Ways How To Get Rid of Gingivitis At Home

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1. Give up smoking/tobacco use

Smoking and tobacco use is one of the worst things you can do for the health of your teeth and gums.

Smokers are more than twice as likely to develop gingivitis and gum problems compared to non smokers and existing treatments of gum problems are a lot less likely to work in smokers

If giving up smoking isn’t an option for you, consider ‘Vaping’ (e-cigarettes) as a better alternative for your oral health (these contain no tar and 28 less harmful chemicals)

E-cigarettes are probably still not great though if you have gum/tooth problems but they are definitely a step in the right direction on how to get rid of gingivitis

2. Take Vitamin C and D

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain the connective gum tissue and health of your teeth and bones

Vitamin D has been found in recent studies to have a direct relationship to the risk of developing Gingivitis, studies indicate that low levels of Vitamin D indicate a greater risk of tooth loss and gum problems

Look for a high strength Vitamin D3 supplement (D3 has been shown to absorb much better and is better utilized by the body)

3. Brush with Baking Soda (bicarbonate of Soda)

Baking soda works as a great natural and gentle abrasive (unlike whitening toothpaste which can strip your teeth of enamel) to help whiten teeth and remove stains, it also helps naturalise the plaque acids that can attack your teeth and gums

4. Gargle with Salt water

Salt is a great natural antibacterial and is fantastic at drawing out infections/toxins in the mouth

If you have sore/inflamed/bleeding gums, abscesses or infections in your mouth, this is the MUST HAVE ingredient in your cupboard

How to use:

Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in hot/warm water and swish it around the mouth, try and hold it in your mouth for a few minutes to allow it draw out the toxins before spitting it out

5. Avoid toothpaste with SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the foaming agent in commercial toothpaste (which it does great) but it is also a harsh irritant that can cause damage to the soft tissue inside your mouth (not so great), SLS is so harsh it’s also the active ingredient inside ‘engine degreaser’ and industrial floor cleaner

Recent studies have shown that SLS can increase the risk of gum irritation, canker sores (month ulcers) and cause a shedding/peeling effect to the soft tissue inside your mouth

Avoid at all costs if you already have inflamed, red, sore or receding gums because it will probably only make matters a lot worse

6. Avoid alcohol based Mouthwash

Mouthwash containing alcohol dries the mouth out and recent studies suggest it may increase your risk of oral cancer

If the risk of cancer isn’t bad enough already, the problem with alcohol drying your mouth up is that you need your saliva to protect your teeth, gums and to lubricate your entire mouth

Your saliva has it’s own antibacterial properties that fight the germs that attack the gum tissue and it contains important proteins and minerals that remineralize your tooth enamel

If you take away this natural protection, you leave your mouth in a very vulnerable state, a dry mouth leads to a very unhealthy mouth

 

 

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