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Gingivitis is a disease that involves the inflammation of the gums. Your local dentist in Fort Collins can usually tell pretty easily if you are exhibiting the signs of gingivitis. It usually happens as a result of poor oral hygiene, and having a poor diet can affect it as well. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to tooth decay, loss of teeth, and other serious conditions. The symptoms of gingivitis include gums that are puffy or swollen, receding, tender, or that bleed easily. Ouch!

Fortunately, it’s easy to treat gingivitis on your own, and there exist a number of useful home remedies that may be helpful in stopping or preventing the disease. It’s also treated by going to the dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups, so don’t forget to schedule your appointment with your Top Rated Local® dentist today!

Here are some of the best ways you can treat gingivitis at home:

Use Aloe Vera Mouthwash

Research completed in 2016 indicated that aloe vera was as effective of a mouthwash as chlorhexidine, the conventional mouthwash generally recommended, in reducing plaque and gingivitis. And unlike other mouthwashes, aloe vera juice doesn’t have to be diluted (just make sure it is 100% aloe vera juice) to use it as a mouthwash. You can swish it in your mouth for about 20 seconds and then just spit it out and you’re done! Repeat 2-3 times per day for best results.

Coconut Oil Pulling May Help

Oil pulling is a practice that has roots in ancient ayurvedic medicine. It’s the same thing that we do with mouthwash, basically, but with oil instead, and for a longer period of time. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, and this has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. A study conducted in 2015 showed that using coconut oil for pulling significantly reduced plaque and signs of gingivitis. 

To try coconut oil pulling, place 2 tablespoons of liquid fractionated coconut oil into your mouth. Fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature. Swish it around for 20-30 minutes, and don’t let the oil touch the back of your throat! Then spit it out & rinse with water, followed by brushing your teeth. Nothing to it!

Try Guava Leaf Mouthwash

Guava leaves have a long historical tradition of being used to effectively manage oral hygiene. Multiple studies have shown that the guava leaf’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties help control plaque. 

You can make your own guava leaf mouthwash by grinding five to six guava leaves with a mortar and pestle, and then adding them to 1 cup of boiling water. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and then cool. Once cooled, swish it as you would any other mouthwash and spit it out. For best results, do this two to three times each day. 

Consider Applying Turmeric Gel

Turmeric has long been prized in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties, and studies in Western medicine have shown that it does indeed possess properties that soothe inflammation. To use turmeric gel to treat gingivitis, apply the gel after brushing your teeth, let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it thoroughly and spit it out. Repeat twice a day.

Clove Application May Help

More specific research is underway, but dentists have long known that cloves help to knock out dental inflammation because of their antiviral and antioxidant properties. Clove actually may help relieve dental pain as well. 

To use cloves on your gums, mince about a teaspoon of cloves and dip a damp cotton ball into them, then rub the cloves onto your gums. Let them sit about a minute, and then swish water to spit them out thoroughly. Be careful not to use cloves in large quantities or for long periods of time.

Arimedadi Oil Pulling Could Work

Arimedadi oil has been shown to help inhibit the growth of plaque and improve symptoms of gingivitis. As with the coconut oil pulling method, this is the same: put one to two teaspoons of oil into your mouth, swish around and be careful to avoid the back of your throat, and then spit it out after 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Anyone suffering from sinusitis shouldn’t use arimedadi oil. 

You May Benefit From Sage Mouthwash

Sage mouthwash was proven effective in a 2015 study to lower the number of bacteria that cause dental plaque in participants. While sage might seem a bit strong for mouthwash, the participants in the study were able to rinse with it for up to a minute without experiencing any irritation.

You can use sage mouthwash like this: boil 1-2 cups of water, add 2 tablespoons of fresh or 1 tablespoon of dried sage to the water, let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Then strain the water and allow it to cool. You can use the solution — swishing for up to 60 seconds, then spitting out and rinsing — two to three times per day.

Your local dentist in Fort Collins wants to give you a clean bill of oral health from gingivitis. After that, maintaining good oral hygiene is the number one way to ensure you don’t have any further issues with it. You can do this by:

  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day
  • Flossing at least once every day
  • Using a mouthwash once or twice a day
  • Keeping up with regular cleanings with your dentist at _____ in Fort Collins.

Eating a healthy diet is also important to keep your body and your teeth strong. A vegetable-based diet rich in vitamins and minerals will provide your healthy smile with plenty of internal support as well. Contact (add business name), your local dentist in Fort Collins today to schedule your appointment!