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Treat Gingivitis and Gum Disease

A gum problem can create havoc on your oral health. Gingivitis can be treated with various home remedies, but in case of severe symptoms like extreme bleeding or pain, it is advisable to see your dentist. If the gingivitis treatment is not carried out on time, it can severely impact your dental bone structure and cause a host of oral health problems.

Make Sure You Establish a Daily Oral Health Routine

The most common cause of gum disease is the buildup of plaque-, which is left behind because of poor oral hygiene. This buildup leads to gingivitis that can be a serious problem if not treated well. Inadequate or inconsistent plaque removal in your oral health care routine can create serious trouble for your gums and teeth. Hence, it is vital to brush twice a day, floss, and rinse twice with an effective mouthwash. Visiting a dentist regularly for a thorough professional tooth cleaning is necessary to keep oral health problems at bay. Moreover, in severe cases, the dentists may even suggest surgery.

Home Remedies for Gingivitis

How to treat gingivitis is a commonly asked question. It can be treated professionally as well as at home with various home remedies. Home remedies are capable of healing gingivitis if it is in the early stage. However, the primary step to prevent gingivitis is to increase flossing and brushing duration and frequency as it is essential to treat the plaque before it turns into tartar.

  • Saltwater Gingivitis Treatment

Saltwater rinse is beneficial in healing gum problems. It is a natural disinfectant that helps your gums heal themselves. You can add one or two teaspoons of salt to lukewarm water and swish that solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Repeat this twice or thrice a day.

▶ Helps in easing pain
▶ Reduces bacteria
▶ Relieves bad breath
▶ Soothes inflamed gum

  • Swish with Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera is as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing the buildup of plaque and gingivitis. Unlike other homemade mouthwashes, aloe vera juice does not have to be diluted. But make sure it is 100 percent pure. You can swish it in your mouth for about 30 seconds and then spit it out.

  • Coconut Oil Pulling

Oil pulling has recently gained popularity but has been in use for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. It involves swishing oil all around in the mouth for 20-30 minutes to eliminate harmful bacteria, toxins, and overall balance your oral health.

Benefits of using this method include:

▶ Fresh breath
▶ Teeth whitening
▶ Relief from headaches
▶ Clear sinuses

How Can Dental Cleaning Help?

Regular dental visits and professional cleaning ensure a healthier mouth. You should visit the dentist at least once every six months for a routine checkup to clean the plaque buildup and check for any dental problems. Make sure to take your hygienist or dentist’s advice on improving your oral health.

A regular dental cleaning includes a typical checkup by your dentist. Tartar can only be removed by a professional who cleans and removes it from below and above the gum line. In severe cases, the dentist may suggest professional dental cleaning more than once in six months.

How Can Dental Restorations Help?

Tooth structures that may be missing due to weakening, decay, or fracture of the tooth are fixed with this method. Dental restoration is a way your dentist replaces or restores missing parts of your tooth or works on the overall structure.

Difference Between a Periodontist and Dentist

  • A periodontist diagnoses and treats gum diseases. They also help in preventing the occurrence of gum issues. They focus on bones and gums that support the teeth
  • A dentist is a general practitioner of your oral health. General gum and teeth problems can be taken care of by a dentist

Advanced Periodontal Disease Treatments

If gingivitis has progressed to periodontitis, it will be necessary to carry out extensive treatments. It includes root planing/deep cleaning and scaling.

  • Scaling removes tartar and plaque from below the gumline
  • Root planing smooths the tooth’s roots to reattach the gums to the tooth


LISTERINE® contains four essential oils - Thymol, Eucalyptol, Menthol and Methyl Salicylate, which combine to give the ADA (American Dental Association) approved mouthwash the power to help remove germs that cause plaque, bad breath, and gum problems. LISTERINE® mouthwash keeps your mouth healthy and clean while keeping the freshness alive. Swish with LISTERINE® at least two times a day for 30 seconds and take care of your oral hygiene.

This information is intended to generate awareness amongst the users of oral care hygiene products. It is always recommended to seek advice from your dentist or other qualified health care provided for any diagnosis or treatment.