GINGIVITIS: Prevention & Treatment
Gingivitis can be treated as soon as it has been diagnosed. The aim of the dentist would be to remove plaque and tartar. Visiting the dentist periodically helps in removing the plaque and calculus and hence preventing it from becoming severe. Treatments like scaling & root planning, curettage, doing mouthwash rinses which contain antibacterial agents, and flossing help in removing plaque. Even essential oils help in curing gingivitis. Following the treatment, dentists provide information about importance of oral hygiene and how to brush in order to prevent re-formation of plaque. Patients would be advised to brush twice a day and use mouthwash and gum astringents frequently. Strictly following these advices can help you recover soon from gingivitis.
Apart from professional treatments, there are certain home treatments that can help you in recovering from gingivitis. Natural remedy is always the best remedy to avoid side-effects. Apart from brushing your teeth twice and cleaning your mouth often, there are other ways to treat gingivitis. First and foremost, would be the intake of healthy food.
- Vitamin C - All of us know that Vitamin C is related to strengthening of bones and teeth. Frequent intake of Vitamin C helps in preventing Gingivitis and also acts as a remedy for the disease. People who suffer from deficiency of vitamin C are more prone to gingivitis. At least 90mg of vitamin C for men and 75mg for women are required on a daily basis to avoid gum diseases. Vitamin C is commonly found in fruits like amla, lemons, oranges, watermelon, mangoes, papaya, pineapple, spinach, broccoli, berries, red peppers, etc.
- Vitamin D - Vitamin D is also a natural home remedy since it has the capacity to reduce inflammation, swelling and bleeding of gums. Vitamin D along with parathyroid hormone helps in controlling the calcium level in the body. To obtain Vitamin D all you need to do is, expose your body to the sunlight at least 10 to 15 minutes a day. It can also be found in drumsticks, fish, milk and eggs.
- Clove and clove oil - Clove plays a major role in treating gingivitis. Cloves are disinfectants and they can protect your teeth from bacteria. Chewing a clove after every meal reduces the risk of gingivitis. Clove oil also helps in curing Gingivitis as it acts as an antiseptic and painkiller. Rub a little of clove oil over the gums for relief. People with kidney and liver problems or sensitivity to clove oil should control the usage of clove.
- Baking Soda - Brushing regularly by adding little baking soda to your toothpaste can reduce gingivitis. You can also mix little water or Hydrogen Peroxide to baking soda and massage your gums. It kills bacteria and hence reduces plaque.
- Salt and warm water – Gargle rinse your mouth with some salt and warm water. Salt in warm water kills bacteria and softens tightens your gums.
- Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera is an active anti-inflammatory agent since it contains anthraquinones. It can reduce swelling and redness caused due to gingivitis. Aloe Vera is more soothing to the teeth due to its softness.
- Green Tea - Green tea contains poly-phenols that increase your immunity system and fights against bacteria that cause plaque. Fluoride rich green tea strengthens your tooth enamel and protects you from gingivitis and tooth decay.