Gum disease and periodontal disease are serious issues especially when it gets to its advanced stages, as it creates inflammation and destruction of the tissues that are responsible for supporting the teeth with the most common symptoms of severe gum disease being pain, infection and loosening of the teeth. If the gum disease is left untreated, it could lead to the loss of the tooth or infections within the tooth and jaw and as gum disease and heart disease, stroke diabetes and even cancer could have related symptoms it makes sense to deal with any potential mouth issues. The effects of the gum disease are long-term and can even spread to different parts of the body through the blood stream.
Dentists are the best people to treat gum disease, but to prevent the problem from happening there are a few things you could do at home, so that the gums are kept healthy and free from infections. Of course these home remedies need to followed along with the general steps of oral hygiene maintenance, but they add more strength to the gums and thus help in longevity of the teeth and gum health.
Healthy Gums can be maintained by many natural ways but if serious problems are seen, it’s better to visit the Dentist for the additional treatment and advice.
Maintain Vitamin C Intake
Vitamin C intake is very necessary to maintain the health and integrity of the gums, and there is a strong link between deficiency of Vitamin C and the gum troubles. The recommended amount of Vitamin C for daily intake is 60 mg (which is a maintenance dose for a healthy individual), and this can be increased up to 2000mg for those who are already suffering from gum disease or gum problems. Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, and many fruits and vegetables such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, chili peppers, fresh herbs and strawberries.
When taking vitamin C supplements it is best to take a buffered or ascorbate version rather than ascorbic acid as the high acid content can erode your enamel and cause acid stress to the body.
Toothpastes with CoEnzyme Q10 or A CoQ10 Supplememt
One of the other proven ways to keep the gums healthy and free from infections is the usage of either a supplement or toothpastes which contain the natural CoEnzyme Q10, which allows damaged or diseased gum tissues repair. CoQ10 like vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. CoQ10 is found in meat and fish, fruit and vegetables and some oils.
Natural Cranberry Juice without sugar
This is an easily available product just make sure to purchase one which doesn’t have any added sugar. Cranberry juice works by removing bacteria that adhere to the surface of the teeth or gums, and prevents further bacteria to attach and attack your oral tissues.
Tea tree Oil
This is a gel rather than oil, which is available directly in the form of tubes at stores and pharmacies and this is one of the proven ways to reduce the symptoms of gum disease. There have been several tests done with patients with gingivitis/periodontitis who used this gel while toothbrushing, after a number of days people reported that the bleeding of gums while brushing the teeth had reduced and that their symptoms of gum disease lessened. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and works by reducing the amount of bacteria on the gum surfaces.
Vitamin D is one of the ways to reduce the inflammation and the inflammatory effects caused by the bacteria on the gums. Studies and research suggest that there is a link between low Vitamin D and gingivitis, and it was found that people with higher blood levels of Vitamin D were less likely to have problems like bleeding gums.
Sun light during the early mornings or late afternoon during summer and at noon during winter is one of the sources of Vitamin D, as skin exposure triggers the synthesis of Vitamin D in the skin and then the liver.
Lifestyle and overall wellbeing also impact on our oral health so there are other ways to keep the gums healthy and free from infections. One is to keep yourself free from any mental stress and get quality sleep. In times when people are under mental stress the incidence of mouth ulcers and gingival symptoms also increase.
Apart from the above remedies, the maintenance of good oral hygiene through regularly brushing and flossing is a must for healthy gums.