Receding gums can be very worrying, especially if it’s the first time you’ve noticed it. Fortunately, there are natural ways to get rid of gum disease, especially if you have mild receding gums.
In this article, we’ve put together five ways to help you improve your oral health.
5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Gums
Here are five natural ways to get rid of gum that you can try in the comfort of your own home.
- Rinse with salt water
Salt water is a great natural mouthwash. It is anti-bacterial and helps soothe inflamed and sore gums. Rinsing with salt water keeps the bacteria that contribute to gum recession under control.
This can be done by mixing warm water with a teaspoon or two of salt. Rinse your mouth with this solution for about a minute, swish the liquid around your teeth and swish it around. Finally, spit out the salt water. You can repeat this three times a day for best results.
- Drink green tea
Green tea may contain compounds that control the number of bacteria in your mouth. This will help improve the health of your teeth and gums. Try drinking two cups of green tea a day. Be careful not to add anything to the tea, such as sugar or flavorings, that will negate its benefits or feed the bacteria.
- Try fat pulling exercises
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that is believed to help reduce plaque build-up, control bacteria, and reduce the symptoms of gum disease. To do this, use refined coconut oil that is formulated for human consumption or labeled as food grade. We chose coconut oil because of its natural antiseptic properties.
Start by putting a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth. You can firmly “pull” the oil between your teeth with your tongue. Then, after doing this for 15 minutes, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with salt water. Finally, brush your teeth.
- Rinse with hydrogen peroxide solution
Dilute a quarter cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a quarter cup of water as a natural treatment for inflamed or swollen gums.
Rinse your mouth with this mixture for about 30 seconds and then spit it out. Be careful not to swallow any liquid or use it frequently. Repeat three times a week for best results.
- Careful oral hygiene
Many preventable gum diseases are caused by neglect. Regular brushing and flossing is enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brush each tooth for at least two minutes and brush your teeth and tongue. For best results, wash the floss before brushing.
Conclusion: Your dentist can help
You can treat gum disease to some extent at home, but a qualified dentist can provide an expert opinion on treatment options that may be right for you. This is especially true if the gums are painful and bleeding.
Champions Dental specializes in providing the highest quality dental care to every patient in the Greater Houston area. In addition, we are certified by the American Dental Association and offer many restorative solutions to patients. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call (281) 866-0442. We will be happy to meet you!