Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the periodontium, or supporting structures of the teeth. It is caused by excessive accumulation of dental plaque between the gums and teeth, leading initially to swollen, red gums and later to mobile teeth which may eventually fall out due to gum recession, bone destruction and loss of tooth attachment.
Treating periodontal disease at home
Following are some tips for treating periodontal disease at home:
- Brushing: brush with the proper method and spend more than 2 minutes brushing to adequately remove all signs of plaque.
- Floss regularly: flossing is a major part of maintaining good oral hygiene as it reaches areas that a tooth brush cannot. So remove plaque from between the teeth as best as you can with the help of floss daily.
- Brushing Technique: a proper method of brushing is necessary to ensure that both, the teeth and the gums are cleaned. Holding the brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth allows the bristles of the brush to reach surfaces of the teeth as well the gum line, where the plaque first begins to accumulate. This is thus an excellent way to help prevent and treat gum disease from progression.
- Quit smoking: smoking promotes bacterial growth and calculus build up and slows healing due its action of decreasing the amount of blood flow to the gums. Thus, quitting smoking is crucial to help treat your periodontal problems.
- Gum Massage: massaging the gums to increase their amount of blood flow is a great way to improve periodontal health. Hold the gums between the index finger and thumb and gently rub them to stimulate blood flow.
- Salt Water Rinses: warm salt water has anti-septic properties along with a soothing effect on the infected or diseased gums. Swishing some warm salty water in mouth does wonders to help treating periodontal disease.
- Vitamin C: This is one of the best home remedies for periodontal disease. Vitamin C does not help to cure gingivitis but it does help to reduce the bleeding from gums. Vitamin C also possesses antioxidants which help to repair damaged connective tissue and promote bone regrowth. Thus, eating foods high in the amount of vitamin C is great in dealing with periodontal problems. If there is a severe deficiency of vitamin C, supplements may also be taken on a daily basis.
- Vitamin D: vitamin D is essential in maintaining the health of the bones and having sufficient amounts of vitamin can aid in fighting the bone resorption caused by periodontal disease.
- Stress reduction: Reducing the amount of stress is clinically proven to help treat all sorts of health problems including periodontal disease.
- Baking Soda: using baking soda mixed in water to rinse the mouth also helps to treat gum disease and prevent tooth decay.
- Tea: tea bags in hot water can greatly reduce the infection present in gums. This is because tea contains tannic acid, that reduces swelling and inflammation, which thus also reduces pain associated with periodontal disease.
- Calendula tincture: this can be used to treat periodontal diseases. Use this tincture to clean your teeth and massage your gums. The calendula helps to revitalize and heal your diseased gums.
- Cloves and Clove oil: helps to numb sore, painful gums and greatly aids in the process of treating pain and discomfort associated with periodontal disease.
- Aloe Vera gel: this helps to increase the salivary content thus moisture levels in your mouth to help wash away the bacteria present on the surfaces of teeth and gums, while also reducing bad breath associated with periodontal disease. Aloe Vera too possesses a numbing effect on the soft tissues in the mouth and helps in healing.
Herbal dental products: herbal ingredients in dental care products such as rosemary, tea tree oil, calendula and Echinacea are very helpful in treating periodontal tissues.