Gum infections are always nasty. And a mild gum infection can quickly turn into a serious infection if left untreated. If the infection progresses from Gingivitis to Periodontal Disease it becomes incurable, and we are stuck with the infection the rest of our life, always treating it but never completely free from the problem.
Gingivitis is a relatively mild gum infection. We can usually prevent it brushing and flossing. And if we do contract gingivitis we can usually cure it with diligent dental care and some home treatments.
If the infection progresses to periodontitis, a serious gum infection, we will need to have professional dental treatment. Left untreated the periodontal infection will cause the loss of teeth and bone. It has also been linked to health problems in old age, such as dementia and heart conditions.
Dundas Dentist – Home Treatment Mouthwashes.
There are commercial mouthwashes that are designed to treat gum infections. These are basically safe disinfectants, and are actually quite effective. But some home treatments can also be very effective when used on a daily basis for a few weeks. These should be combined with twice daily brushing and flossing.
Salt in warm water is an old trick, but such a simple trick is also effective. The salt kills a lot of bad bacteria in the gums and mouth, and also helps with ulcers and inflammation.
If you have a gum infection then gargle salt water twice daily. But wait 30 minutes and then rinse with plain water before brushing, as the salt can weaken tooth enamel.
A few drops of lemongrass oil (2-3 drops maximum) in a glass of water makes a strong mouthwash. This is more potent that salt or most other treatments.
Always use food grade lemongrass, and never swallow the mixture. Use this 2 or 3 times per day, and continue for 2 weeks after the infection has cleared up.
This is sold as a heath drink. If it is pure it makes an effective mouthwash. The only precaution is that many people are allergic to Aloe Vera
Tea Tree Oil
This is a little like lemongrass oil. We can add 3 drops to warm water and have an effective mouthwash.
As a precaution, Tea Tree Oil can interfere with some medications. And some people are allergic to Tea Tree Oil.
Sage leaves boiled in water make a mild mouthwash. This is not a potent as other treatments, but it is also less irritating.
Dental Dundas – Diet Changes for Gum Disease.
Of course we know that sugary items and junk food are very bad for teeth and gums. We should also realise that some foods can benefit the mouth, and fight infections.
This fights inflammation and some types of infection. We can add it to many types of food, or even make a turmeric paste and apply it to our teeth and gums.
This fights bad bacteria and gives us fresh breath. a few cups of green tea every day is healthy. The decaffeinated types are fine.
Raw onions will fight bacteria and other infections. We can chew onions daily or add them to food. The downside is that they cause bad breath and watering eyes.
Garlic will also fight bacteria and gum infections. It also tends to be generally healthy. But it does give bad breath.
These fight some types of bad bacteria. There is no side effect as long as there is no allergy to nuts.
Sugar free gum with Xylitol fights bad bacteria in the mouth. It also gives us fresh breath, so we might use it after eating onions of garlic.
Gum infections are serious, especially if they go untreated. See the dentist if you suspect an issue and prevent further troubles.
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