5 Tips on How to Get Rid of Gingivitis

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Do you spit out blood after brushing your teeth? Or suffer from bad breath?

If so, you may be suffering from gingivitis. But you’re not alone. Over 75% of American adults suffer from a form of gum disease.

If left untreated, gingivitis can even lead to tooth loss. Thankfully, it’s easy to combat at home when you first notice the signs.

Read on if you’re wondering how to get rid of gingivitis.

  1. Improve Your Oral Care

Getting into a good oral routine can often hold gingivitis at bay.

Brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. Brush after every meal if that’s possible.

An electric toothbrush cleans better than a manual brush. Replace the head every three months and choose soft bristles.

Use floss before brushing and finish off with a natural mouthwash.

If you quit smoking and limit your sugar intake, you’re also doing well. Try out these diet suggestions to improve your oral health.

For those of you with dentures, good oral routines are crucial to prolonging their lifespan.

  1. Try a Saltwater Rinse

Salt acts as a natural disinfectant. By killing germs, it gives your gums the chance to heal.

Saltwater rinses also soothe your gums and relieve the bad breath of gingivitis.

Mix 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of salt into lukewarm water.

Swirl it around your mouth for 30 seconds and spit the rinse out.

Use the rinse twice a day until the gingivitis subsides. Don’t use it too long because the salt can attack tooth enamel.

  1. Use a Natural Mouthwash

If salt water doesn’t work, try using lemongrass or tea tree oil.

Add 2-3 drops of either essential oil to water. Swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds.

Tea tree oil makes another good substitute for medicated mouthwashes. Use 2-3 drops of oil in a cup of warm water.

High concentrations of tea tree oil can also cause rashes, oral burning, or allergic reactions. Try using just one drop the first time you use it.

You can also mix a drop of oil with your regular toothpaste.

  1. Try Aloe Vera

You don’t need to dilute aloe vera juice. Buy a 100% solution. Swish it in your mouth like any other mouthwash.

You can also use aloe vera as an ointment.

Clean an aloe vera leaf with water, then peel one side and dig out the pulp with a spoon. Rub the pulp onto your gums and leave it for 10 minutes.

Rinse your mouth with clean water. Repeat as often as necessary until the gingivitis subsides.

  1. Visit the Hygienist Regularly

Most dental practices, such as The Smile Gallery in California, offer the services of a hygienist. They know exactly how to get rid of gingivitis!

Your hygienist can clean away the excess plaque that leads to gingivitis. That leaves you free to work on your oral routine to prevent gum disease.

Your hygienist will also show you the best way to use floss or brushes. Using the tools you already have will save you time and money.

If the above tips don’t help, then see your dentist. He or she can also prescribe medicated mouthwashes or, in extreme cases, antibiotics.

Now You Know How to Get Rid of Gingivitis

Armed with these easy tips, you’ll be able to get rid of gingivitis for good. Keep your own teeth for longer and enjoy a sparkling smile.

For more tips on staying healthy as you get older, follow our blog.

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