Gingivitis. Do you know what it is? It’s the first stage of gum disease, and it develops when bacteria infect your gums and causes them to turn red and feel irritated. Do you know that you may have it and not know it? According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of adult Americans over the age of 30 have gingivitis. Did you know that gingivitis is treatable and can sometimes be reversed with dental interventions? If you think you have gingivitis or suspect that you have any form of gum disease, give Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Texas, a call today to find out how we can help.
But, there are a few natural remedies that have been shown to help eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease. Here are a few suggestions you can try – in addition to seeing a dentist for treatment:
Neem. Neem is a plant often used in Ayurvedic medicine because of its antibacterial properties. In a 2014 study, researchers found that neem was effective in reducing the sticky dental plaque that contributes to bacterial growth. In turn, the risk of developing gingivitis was also lowered.
Tea Tree Oil. A 2006 report published in the journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews showed the benefits of tea tree oil for oral health. We suggest that you use a toothpaste that contains the oil as an ingredient, as ingesting this essential undiluted tea tree oil is toxic and dangerous for your health.
Cranberry. Cranberries are full of vitamins and antioxidants that can help defend the mouth against gum disease-causing bacteria. Additionally, a study published in 2013 in the Journal of Periodontal Research suggests that compounds found in cranberries can reduce inflammation associated with gum disease.
Vitamin C. Some dental researchers believe that vitamin C can help protect gum health. Get your vitamin C through foods such as grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, mango, strawberry, red bell pepper, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cantaloupe.
Practice good oral hygiene. Another way you can help reduce the risk of gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene habits. We suggest that you brush at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. Also, be sure to schedule your regular cleanings with our office – and keep your appointments!
Call Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Texas, now at 972-987-4899 to schedule your appointment or to talk to us about gum health.