Gingivitis is a condition which affects the gums. If identified and diagnosed early, it is easily curable. However, if left untreated it could cause your gums and teeth to get separated! Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that a) you take all possible steps to prevent gingivitis and b)take immediate action once you suspect that something is amiss. If your gums have an inflammation, that should set the alarm bells ringing. Before getting to ways to get rid of gingivitis, let us look at what causes gingivitis and how best to prevent it.
The most common cause of gingivitis is improper dental hygiene. Make it a point to brush twice a day and floss regularly. Schedule an appointment with your dentist at least once in every 6 months. A lot of sugar consumption could also cause gingivitis. Other causes could include a weakened immune system, cigarettes or side effects of certain medications. This is not an exhaustive list, but it covers most of the common causes.
As far as prevention is concerned, the most important thing is to ensure that you maintain proper dental hygiene as stated above. Floss and brush regularly and do not put off visits to the dentist. Reduce your consumption of sugar and stop smoking immediately if you do. If you suspect it is because of certain medications then address your concerns by talking to your physician. Now with that out of the way, let us look at 5 ways to get rid of gingivitis:
Lemon Juice is one of those “magical” things that seem to help with a number of problems. It is the high vitamin C content which makes it such a potent weapon against many kinds of inflammation. Add one lemon to a glass of lukewarm water and rinse. Do not add sugar to the lemon juice! For best results, do this as soon as you finish brushing.
Gargling with salt water has known benefits when it comes to oral hygiene (when done in moderation). Add up to 3/4th of a teaspoon full of salt to lukewarm water and gargle for about half a minute.
Aloe Vera gel seems to work like a charm against gingivitis. All you need to do is apply a little bit directly on the affected area. Leave it for a while and wash it off. Alternatively, you could use Aloe Vera leaves and use them to extract the gel yourself; but it is more convenient to just get the gel. On a related note, mouthwashes which contain Aloe Vera are said to be beneficial for oral health.
Just like lemon, guava is also rich in vitamin C. All you need to do is get a few guava leaves, wash them well and add them to about 400 ml of boiling water. Wait till the water starts to simmer and let it cool down. Use this to rinse a couple of times a day.
At some point in your life you must have been told to have a clove as a home remedy for toothache or some such problem. It turns out that clove oil works great too. Soak cotton balls in clove oil and apply it to the affected areas.
Please note that these remedies may or may not work for everyone. In some cases, medication may be necessary and in rarer cases, surgery may also be needed.