Treatment for gingivitis
Gingivitis is an infection of the gums, where there is bleeding of the gums when brushing and after brushing of the teeth and the gums are red and swelling. Gingivitis happens when the teeth are not properly taken care of, like having a good oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing of the teeth are important ways of preventing gingivitis.
Some signs of gingivitis
- An unseen film that forms on the teeth that is made up of bacteria is called plaque. When sugar and starch that a person consumes will mix with bacteria, a plaque will occur.
- If the plaque stays in the teeth for 2-3 days, the plaque will harden and becomes tartar. Bacteria grow well in tartar and they begin to irritate the gums called the gingiva which is found at the base of the teeth.
- The bacteria in the tartar makes the gums bleed easily when brushing the teeth, then the gums will swell and feel soft.
Causes of gingivitis
- A deficiency of Vitamin C
- Leukemia which is a blood disorder
- Viral and fungal infections
- Sometimes it is due to tumors caused by gum infections
Gingivitis can cause some complications such as the following:
An untreated gingivitis can result to a gum disease which can cause tooth decay. Women with gum disease and unhealthy gums are susceptible in producing premature babies and babies with low birth weight. People with periodontitis are also at high risk of acquiring lung diseases and having heart attacks.
Treatment and home remedies-
- Mix a pinch of salt to a glass of lukewarm water to make a homemade saline solution. Rinse the mouth with this solution once in the morning and in the evening in order to increase circulation and minimize the swelling of the gums.
- Choose any oil such as canola, sunflower and sesame. Combine one ounce of the chosen oil with 10 drops or tea tree oil, 6 drops of myrrh oil, 3 drops of lemon oil and a drop of peppermint oil. Blend these oils together and massage into the gums after brushing the teeth. This mixture can also be used as mouth rinse but avoid swallowing it.
- Rub the gums with sesame or coconut oil or drink diluted lemon juice in order to relax bleeding and receding gums caused by gingivitis. Eating raw apples, pears and melons can also help with the bleeding.
- Drink chamomile tea between meals or use it as a mouthwash, it can reduce inflammation and bacteria caused by gingivitis.
- Apply hot and cold compress alternately to the face in order to reduce inflammation of the gums. Do it several times a day. You can learn more about the usefulness of cold therapy by enrolling in a first aid class
- Brush the teeth twice every day and replace old toothbrush every two to three months. The individual should floss the teeth every day and make sure to reach in between the back part that is difficult to reach.
- Eat foods that are rich in calcium content in order to help build healthy teeth.
- Stay hydrated is helpful in good oral health.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco in order to minimize developing tooth decay, gingivitis and even mouth cancer.