Finding Your Personal Gingivitis Cure, Reversing Gingivitis for Good

Knowing everything about gingivitis home treatment won’t tell everything you need to know about how to get rid of gum disease for good. You can’t find all the pockets in your gums where gum disease can hide, and you can’t scrape plaques off your teeth-at least on the backs and sides of your teeth-sufficiently to prevent gingivitis. But you can make sure that all the dental care you need is a simple cleaning on a regular basis by following these five simple rules.

1. Brush after every meal and snack.

The place you neelectric-toothbrushed to focus your attention while brushing your teeth is on the tooth at the gum line. This is the place gum disease-causing bacteria get their food. You don’t need to brush your gums, at least not to remove food particles. You need to brush your teeth to loosen food particles that you then rinse out of your mouth with a sip of water. Use your toothbrush to imitate the action of an electric toothbrush, with quick but light motions. Don’t use a hard bristle brush. It can scratch the enamel on your teeth.

2. Floss every day.

Flossing is done with a side to side motion around a tooth, not with an up and down motion between teeth. The objective of flossing is to get food particles off your teeth, not off your gums. If a piece of food gets stuck between your teeth, don’t try to remove it floss. Use an orangewood or triangular plastic toothpick.

3. Treat nasal congestion.

Especially in children, breathing through the mouth dries out the gums and leaves tiny cracks where gingivitis germs can get inside. Treating stuffy nose goes a long way in maintaining oral health.

4. If you have to eat sweets, eat honey.

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Bees have to keep their hives free from every kind of infection that any bee can bring inside. That’s why honey is loaded with anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral compounds that can be healing inside in the mouth. Manuka honey chews are a sweet snack that is actually good for your gums.

But if you can’t eat honey, at least avoid sticky sweet foods, such as jelly beans, Tootsie rolls, toffee, and caramel. Sweets that stick to your teeth provide the greatest nourishment to gingivitis bacteria. If you do eat these candies, be sure to brush your teeth as soon as possible.

5. Drink coffee.

In the North American diet, the single food that provides the most antioxidants and the most gingivitis-fighting plant chemicals is, to most people’s surprise, coffee. A study at the Universita di Verona in Italy even found that, over a two-year period, people who drank the most coffee and red wine had the lowest levels of plaque bacteria inside and outside the gums. The tannins in coffee and red wine keep bacteria from being able to attach to the teeth.

One word of caution if you use a prescription chlorhexidine mouthwash (such as Periguard or Periodex): Using the mouthwash within two hours of drinking coffee, tea, or red wine can stain your teeth. The protective benefit of either the beverage or the mouthwash is unaffected, however.