How to Get Rid of Gingivitis


Aria enjoys eating sweets. One day when she had a bite of her favourite sweet, she noticed some red colour on the sweet. She got frightened and walked to the mirror immediately to observe what had happened to her teeth.

She found that her gums were swollen and were bleeding a bit. And when she touched them, it also pained a little. She panicked and took an appointment with a dentist immediately.

After few minutes, she got a call from her close friend Kaarle and while talking to him, Aria told him about the problem. Kaarle said that he had also suffered from this problem and it is called gingivitis.

Kaarle also said that he did not consult any dentist but used some home remedies to get rid of gingivitis and it really works for him. He also shared them with Aria.

Do you want to know how to get rid of gingivitis with the use of those home remedies? Read on to know more.

What is Gingivitis?

To say simply, gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. It results in redness and swelling in the gums. Sometimes you can also observe bleeding from the gums.

Gingivitis is a very mild condition and does not always create pain, so many people are not aware even though they have it. But care should be taken in the initial stage before it turns worst, which is called periodontitis.

Causes of Gingivitis

Generally gingivitis is caused due to poor dental and gum car, which leads to plaque formation on the teeth. This plaque is made of bacteria, mucus and small particles of food.

You have to brush daily otherwise a rock-hard layer named tartar will be formed on the teeth. Tartar causes irritation on the gums around the base of the tooth, which is called gingiva.

Gingivitis is a common problem, which affects almost everyone at some point in their life, but some are more prone to gingivitis, particularly the people who have diabetes, AIDS or Leukaemia.

Some other causes of gingivitis are:

  • Improper dental hygiene
  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Mouth breathing
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Vitamin C and B3 deficiency
  • Intake of certain medicines
  • Drug use
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Age
  • Dental restorations

Symptoms of Gingivitis

In normal conditions, the gums look firm and pink, but when you have gingivitis, your gums will be red and puffy. Here are some of the common symptoms of gingivitis:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Tenderness on the gum
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus between the teeth and the gums
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain while chewing (not always)

The next stage of gingivitis is ANUG (Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis). Maintain a good dental care to avoid gingivitis in the initial stage.

Top 10 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Gingivitis

Home remedies have the ability to treat any kind of illness. Fruits, vegetables, herbs as well as spices help us a lot to cure various health concerns. Unlike medicines, home remedies are cost- effective and at the same time, do not cause any side effects.

1. Salt

Salt is an effective and natural remedy for gingivitis as it contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Stopping the growth of bacteria in the mouth, salt helps in treating the swollen and inflamed gums.

Yes, it is true that a mouthwash is a little bit more pH neutral than the salt water, but it contains  about 20%  alcohol in them, which can increase  the risk of causing  mouth ulcers.

Method 1: Saline Solution

Gather it:

  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Lukewarm water – 1 glass

Prepare it:

  1. Take a glass of lukewarm water and add ½ tsp of salt to it, and stir well.
  2. Use it twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening to rinse your mouth.
  3. This works to get rid of gingivitis.
  4. Follow this remedy every day till the swelling of the gums is reduced considerably.

Method 2: Salt and Mustard Oil

Gather it:

  • Mustard oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Small bowl- 1

Prepare it:

  1. Take 1 tbsp of mustard oil in a small bowl and add ½ tsp of salt to it.
  2. Mix both the ingredients well to make a smooth paste.
  3. Massage your gums by this paste with circular motions for 2 minutes.
  4. Now gargle with warm water and repeat this daily for 2 or 3 times till the swelling reduces completely.

2. Turmeric

TurmericTurmeric is loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The use of turmeric can reduce plaques, gingivitis and other bacterial activities on the teeth and the gum.

One can use turmeric mouthwash to prevent plaque and gingivitis. Read on to know how to get rid of gingivitis by using turmeric.

Method 1: Mustard and Salt Massage

Gather it:

  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Mustard oil – ½ tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Small bowl – 1

Prepare it:

  1. Take 1 tsp of turmeric powder in a small bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp each of salt and mustard oil to it.
  3. Mix all the ingredients well to make a paste.
  4. Apply it on your swollen teeth and gums.
  5. Massage your gum and teeth with this paste daily once or twice for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Wash your mouth with normal water.
  7. Follow this remedy regularly to get rid of gingivitis.

Method 2: Turmeric and Vitamin E Oil

Gather it:

  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Vitamin E oil – 1 tsp
  • Warm water – 2 tsp
  • Small bowl – 1

Prepare it:

  1. You can get Vitamin E oil from any online store or the supermarket.
  2. Take ½ tsp of turmeric powder in a small bowl and add 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil to it to make a paste.
  3. Put the paste on the affected gum and leave it for 10 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Do this daily twice for a month to treat as well as prevent of gingivitis.

Method 3: Brush up with Turmeric

Gather it:

  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Water – 2 tsp
  • Small bowl – 1

Prepare it:

  1. Take 1 tsp of turmeric powder in a small bowl and add 2 tsp of water to it.
  2. Mix the ingredients well to make a smooth paste.
  3. Brush your teeth daily with this paste.
  4. Repeat this remedy twice daily for a few weeks to get rid of gingivitis.

[Also Read:The 13 Easiest and Simplest Home Remedies for Tooth Abscess]

3. Oil Pulling

Coconut OilOil pulling helps in reducing the bacteria that cause gingivitis. It has the ability to reduce plaque, gum diseases. It also helps to maintain good oral health. You can use coconut oil for oil pulling.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is antimicrobial in nature. This oil also has the capacity to prevent tooth decay.

Gather it:

  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Lukewarm water – 1 glass

Prepare it:

  1. Take 1 tbsp of coconut oil and put it in your mouth.
  2. Swish, push and suck the oil through the teeth.
  3. Spit the oil out and rinse the mouth with lukewarm water.
  4. Do this oil pulling in every morning before brushing your teeth.
  5. Repeat this remedy daily for a month to get rid of gingivitis.

Note: Start this with just 5 minutes a day. Gradually increase it to 10, 15 and 20 minutes. Twenty minutes is the maximum time for swishing. Remember, the longer you pull, the more bacteria you can remove. If your jaws are aching, then slow down the process.

4. Baking Soda

Baking SodaBaking soda neutralizes the acidity in the mouth and prevents the sugars from causing any kind of damage to the enamel. Baking soda also cures the bleeding gum.

Baking soda works as a natural antiseptic to prevent infections, so we can also use it to cure gingivitis.

Gather it:

  • Baking soda – ¼ tsp
  • Warm water – ½ tsp
  • Small bowl -1

Prepare it:

  1. Take ¼ tsp of baking soda in a bowl and add warm water to it.
  2. Mix the ingredients well to make a paste.
  3. Apply the paste on your gums and leave for 2 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Use this method for 2 to 3 times in a week to get rid of gingivitis.

5. Lemon

Hot LemonadeLemon contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also rich in Vitamin C and fights many infections.

Lemon kills the bacteria that cause the gingivitis. The acid content in it dissolves the plaque and strengthens the gums.

Method 1: Lemon Mouthwash

Gather it:

  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • Warm water – 1 glass

Prepare it:

  1. Add 2 tbsp of lemon juice to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Use this solution as a mouthwash after brushing your teeth.
  3. Repeat this remedy to cure the bleeding gums.

Method 2: Lemon Juice and Salt

Gather it:

  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp

Prepare it:

  1. Take a little salt and mix it with 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
  2. Make it into a paste and apply it on your gums.
  3. Leave it for 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
  4. Follow this remedy 4 to 5 times a day to get rid of gingivitis.

[Also Read:How To Whiten Teeth With Baking Soda At Home]

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe VeraAloe vera kills the bacteria that cause gingivitis and also prevents plaque. It also helps your digestive system to absorb more nutrients and assist in the assimilation of those nutrients. This process in turn gives healthy teeth and gum.

Aloe vera also cures bad breath and gingivitis, which is caused due to the harmful bacteria and fungus.

Gather it:

  • Aloe vera leaf – 1
  • A peeler
  • A spoon

Prepare it:

  1. Take an aloe vera leaf and clean it with water.
  2. Peel one side of the leaf with the help of a peeler.
  3. Now, take out the pulp with a spoon.
  4. Rub the affected gums with the aloe vera pulp.
  5. Leave it for 10 minutes and gargle with normal water.
  6. Follow this process until the condition seems better.

7. Guava Leaves

The unripe guava contains a good amount of tannic, malic, oxalic, phosphoric acids, calcium and manganese. Chewing guava leaves is very healthy for teeth and gums. It helps to stop bleeding from the gums. It also helps to treats bad breath.

Method 1: Chewing Guava Leaves

Gather it:

  • Tender guava leaves – 4 to 5

Prepare it:

  1. Take 4 to 5 tender guava leaves and clean them with fresh water.
  2. Chew the leaves and then spit out.
  3. Follow this remedy twice a day for 3 weeks to cure as well as prevent gingivitis.

Method 2: Brush with Guava Leaves

Gather it:

  • Tender guava leaves – 5 to 6
  • Water – ½ glass

Prepare it:

  1. Take 5 to 6 tender guava leaves and wash them with water.
  2. Rub the guava leaves on your teeth to brush them.
  3. Use this method daily to get rid of gingivitis.

8. Clove

ClovesGetting cloves is not at all a big deal as they are easily available in your kitchen. Cloves and clove oil help you to reduce gingivitis.

Clove oil is a rich source of antioxidants and it is also anaesthetic and antiseptic in nature. Clove oil cures toothache and other dental infections.

Note: While buying clove essential oil, check whether it is made from real cloves or not. 

Method 1: Intake of Cloves

Gather it:

  • Cloves – 2 to 3

Prepare it:

  1. Chew 2 to 3 cloves 3 times a day.
  2. It will give you relief from the pain of gingivitis.

Method 2: Clove Oil

Gather it:

  • Clove oil – 1 tsp
  • Warm water – 1 glass

Prepare it:

  1. Take a 1 tsp of clove oil in your hand.
  2. Rub it on the gums with your finger and leave it for 5 minutes.
  3. Then rinse with warm water.
  4. Follow this process 2 times a day to get rid of gingivitis.

Method 3: Gargle with Clove Oil

Gather it:

  • Clove oil – 1 tsp
  • Warm water – 1 glass

Prepare it:

  1. Add 1 tsp of clove oil to a glass of warm water and gargle.
  2. Repeat this process daily to get relief from gingivitis

Note: Pregnant women and kids who are using blood thinning medicine should avoid cloves or its oil.

9. Peppermint

Nettle and Peppermint TeaPeppermint is used in the preparation of many capsules and tinctures. Peppermint oil is well known to be an effective herbal medicine for gingivitis.

Peppermint Mouthwash

Gather it:

  • Peppermint leaves – 5 to 6

Prepare it:

  1. Take 5 to 6 peppermint leaves and soak them in water.
  2. After 30 minutes, take out the leaves and use the water as a mouthwash to get rid of gingivitis.

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10. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that kill fungus, virus and bacteria. Tea tree oil reduces the bleeding and inflammation of the gums.  It works best on gingivitis.

Brush with Tea Tree Oil

Gather it:

  • Tea tree oil – 1 drop
  • Toothpaste of your preference

Prepare it:

  1. Add a drop of tea tree oil to your toothpaste before brushing your teeth.
  2. Follow this remedy daily to get rid of gingivitis. You can also use tree tea oil which contains the gel.

Note: Do not swallow the tree tea oil as it leads to irritation in the stomach and may also cause diarrhea. It is better to consult a dentist before using tea tree oil because many pieces of research delivered mixed results and more studies are required to know the effectiveness of the oil.

Tips to Prevent Gingivitis

It is very easy to treat as well as prevent gingivitis by the use of the simple tips that are mentioned below. Follow them and protect your teeth from further damages.

  • Visit the dentist to do the dental check up regularly.
  • Use a soft toothbrush for cleaning your teeth.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily.
  • Use toothpaste with antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
  • Floss your teeth and scrape your tongue regularly.
  • Avoid tobacco as it damages your teeth and gums.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to avoid dental problems like bleeding and pain.
  • Consume the food which contains enough amount of calcium.
  • Consume the foods rich in Vitamin C to promote oral health. You can also take the supplements.
  • Drink up to 4 ounces of cranberry juice daily as it helps in preventing bacteria from sticking your teeth.
  • Drink peppermint tea at least once in a day to get rid of gingivitis.
  • Use peppermint or tea tree oil toothpaste to prevent gingivitis.
  • Intake of Vitamin D will also help in reducing gum diseases.
  • If you like sweets, then limit its consumption as bacteria will grow on sweets.
  • Eating cheese and yogurt control the bacteria generation in the mouth.
  • Consuming fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, radishes will help to stimulate saliva and keep your mouth clean.
  • When you eat or drink something except water, then wash your mouth with fresh water.

All these home remedies are very effective and work best on gingivitis and plaque.  As you know now how to get rid of gingivitis with the help of home remedies, you can definitely experience good results. Do follow these remedies and let us know which remedy worked best for you.

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