Gingivitis Treatment – The Kinder, Gentler, Holistic Approach to Gum Disease

It is impossible to get gingivitis under control without having your teeth cleaned. Once you do go to the dentist, however, there are lots of things you can do to keep the inflammation of your gums from coming back. Here are five kinder, gentler approaches to gingivitis treatment that will help your gums heal after your dental hygienist scrapes away the plaque.

  1. Gently massage your gums with your toothbrush.

    One of the big problems with gingivitis is loosening of the gums from your teeth, leaving a gap between the gums and your teeth. This gives bacteria more places to cling to your teeth, pushing the gums even further away and eventually making your teeth come loose from the bone beneath them. Massaging the gums encourages the growth of the fibers that connect them to your teeth, reconnecting them, and closing the gap. But stop massaging if your gums bleed.

  2. Rinse your mouth with warm baking soda water or herbal mouth washes.

    dried-baking-sodaThe gums heal faster when the environment of the mouth is alkaline. Stirring a teaspoon (4 grams) of baking soda in a cup (240 ml) of warm water and then swishing the solution around your mouth before spitting it out helps relieve residual pain and inflammation, and it also neutralizes any acid released by the bacteria on your teeth. This is the acid that otherwise would eat away at the fibers connecting your gums to your teeth.

    Herbal mouthwashes kill the Streptococcus mutans bacteria that cause gum inflammation and tooth decay. You can buy bottled herbal mouthwashes, or you can put 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil in warm water to swish around in your mouth and gargle to kill a wide range of infections.

  3. Use the healing power of honey to keep infections in check.

    Although it seems counterintuitive, there are actually times sugar can reduce gum inflammation and tooth decay, if the sugar is from honey. Manuka “honey leather” chews a few times a day release propolis and antioxidants that are powerful antiseptics, powerful enough that, in their liquid form, they are even used to prepare skin for surgery by many American cosmetic surgeons.

  4. Cover your vitamin ABC’s.

    Vitamin A helps all kinds of connective tissues grow normally. You don’t need a lot, and, in fact, much more than about 5,000 IU a day can have side effects. But getting 1,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin A from your multivitamin or as a separate vitamin supplement helps gum tissue grow back. A complete B vitamin and at least 100 milligrams of vitamin C a day ensure that vitamin deficiencies are not slowing down your recovery.

  5. Floss gently.

    You never floss your gums. You always floss your teeth. Wrap floss in a U shape around a tooth and remove food particles off your tooth, but never use the string to cut into your gums. If you have a piece of food stuck between your tooth and gum, use a triangle-shaped toothpick made of orangewood to make sure you don’t damage fragile teeth.