Any kind of gum disorder is known as periodontal disease. It includes gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a common gum disease characterised by redness, irritation and swelling of your gums.
The primary cause for gingivitis is plaque, which develops due to poor oral hygiene. The plaque penetrates and separates the gum from the teeth, damaging the soft tissue and bone holding the teeth, which in turn affects the stability of teeth.
Home Remedies for Gum Disorders
You may try the following home remedies for strengthening the gums and to minimise infection:
- Dip a cotton swab in clove oil and gently rub the gums with it for a couple of minutes rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.
- Oil pulling is the best known remedy to strengthen the teeth and gums. Put 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in mouth. Swirl it around for 20 minutes. Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Add a little water to ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder to make a paste. Brush your teeth with it few times a week.
- Alternatively, prepare a paste with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon of salt and mustard oil. Massage it on your teeth and gums once daily.
- Chew a few well washed tender guava leaves thoroughly. Then spit them out.
Dental cavities are tiny openings occurring on the teeth surface due to bacterial infection, repeated munching on sweet foods, excessive consumption of sugary beverages, improper brushing and poor dental hygiene. If cavities are not treated in time, it spreads deeper and can damage the whole teeth.
Signs and Symptoms of Dental Cavities
- Teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods
- Local swelling
- Bad breath
- Visible pits on the teeth
- Black or brown discolouration
Home Remedies for Dental Cavities
You may try the following home remedies-
- Crush some neem leaves and make it into a paste. Massage the gums and teeth with this paste for 5 minutes daily at night. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse off with water.
- Boil few cloves in a glass of water and gargle, at night time daily, with it when it is lukewarm.
- Haritaki powder should be taken and lightly fried.This powder should be used for brushing. Haritaki powder should be mixed in hot water and this water should be used for gargling.
- Brushing the teeth using neem bark, strengthens your gums and teeth.
- Sesame seed paste mixed with lukewarm water can also be used for gargling.
- Application of neem seed paste on the affected tooth is also beneficial.
- Dry ginger and sesame seed paste should be mixed in lukewarm milk and this milk decoction should be used for gargling.
- A small piece of cotton dipped in clove oil can be kept on the affected tooth to relieve the pain.
- Boil some water and add a few guava leaves to it. Gargle with this when it is lukewarm.
- Chewing raw onion for 3 minutes is beneficial in case of toothache.
- Wheatgrass juice acts as an excellent mouthwash for tooth decay and toothache.
- Take 1 tbsp of mustard oil, add a pinch of rock salt and massage gently on teeth using your index finger, leave it for 5 min and rinse off with warm water.
Ayurvedic formulations like irimedadi tailam or saptachadadi kashayam can be used as gargle. It is indicated for all kinds of oral problems. Khadiradi vati and triphala guggul are also beneficial in tooth and gum disorders.
If the tooth decay is advanced and roots are infected, tooth removal is the only solution. Prevention is always better than cure. Hence, try to maintain oral hygiene by proper brushing twice a day, flossing and try to gargle the mouth after each meal. Consume Vitamin C, Vitamin D and calcium rich food for healthy gums and teeth.