Gum disease or periodontitis is a gum infection that breaks down the tissue of the gums that support the teeth, and can result in tooth loss. Periodontitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits, and risk can be greatly reduced by daily brushing and flossing. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which is composed of bacteria, starch, and sugar. When plaque builds up it can harden into tartar, usually requiring a professional to remove, which makes it easier for more plaque to build up and cause inflammation and damage to the gums. Damaged gums will cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums that get filled with more plaque; this is the earliest form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Gum disease is also associated with greater risk of heart attack and stroke!
Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, bright red or purple gums that can feel sensitive to touch, bad breath, spaces or gaps between teeth and gums, loose teeth, and sometimes a bad taste in the mouth.
Home Remedies for Gum Disease
On this page you can find a number of user-submitted natural cures for gum disease. Some of our more popular treatments for gum disease include hydrogen peroxide, oil pulling, turmeric, baking soda, bee propolis, and a whole lot more.
Hydrogen Peroxide For Gum Disease – Caution
While many people have reported good results using Hydrogen Peroxide for gum disease, others have reported that they encountered problems when using H202. Because of this, we feel that anyone should either exercise caution when using Hydrogen Peroxide for gum disease or use another remedy suggested by readers, such as oil pulling.
Tried one of the below home remedies for your gum disease? Please let us know if it worked! If you have used a remedy or supplement that is not listed below, please share your story with us too!