In our busy lives, oral health can get chucked aside for seemingly more important things, but when we neglect our oral hygiene, we can develop a variety of problems, one of which being gingivitis, also known as gum disease.
If you have sensitive gums that bleed a lot, you might have gum disease. Gum disease is a result of poor oral health.
Maybe you forgot to brush your teeth before you went to bed. Maybe you don’t floss as often as you should. Maybe your toothbrush bristles aren’t getting in all the corners and crevices of your teeth. Whatever the reason your gums are bleeding and you need to fix them, fast.
When remnants of your last meal mix with the saliva in your mouth, bacteria grows, forming plaque that sticks on the surface of your teeth. If you haven’t brushed your teeth recently, you could probably feel this beginning to happen when you rub your tongue along your teeth. If you brush your teeth twice a day, this build up is not a problem.
If the plaque is not taken care of you will develop gum disease. Gum disease isn’t limited to your mouth. It starts there, but it can eventually get right to your bone and infects it, causing periodontitis, a more severe disease.
With periodontitis, the infected bone recedes away from the teeth and forms deep gum pockets. These pockets then collect plaque and bacteria because they are harder to clean.
You’ve heard of the standard methods of oral care: brushing and flossing twice a day. There are other methods that play a big role in oral care too. These methods will kill bacteria in your gums and reverse gum disease before it gets out of hand.
Green Tea Extract
A 2009 study revealed that one to two glasses of green tea extract a day can help reduce periodontal disease.
As a rinse, hydrogen peroxide is great at killing germs. Hydrogen peroxide can also whiten your teeth. Just make sure you don’t swallow it! It tastes terrible, but it really works.
Rubbing clove oil is another option for gum disease. Simply rub the oil on the affected area. A lot of gum treatments contain clove oil.
Another great substance to rub on gums is Aloe Vera. Rub it on every day until the problem goes away.
Make a mixture of fresh lemon juice and salt to heal infected gums. Lemon juice has anti-inflammatory properties your gums will benefit from. Leave the mixture on for several minutes then rinse with water.
Tea Tree Oil
Rub this antiseptic on the affected area daily. Tea tree oil is also good for treating bad breath.
This oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants.Take half a teaspoon of pure mustard oil and rub it over the gums in a gentle, circular motion.
Whenever you rub any of these useful substances on your gums, make sure to use clean fingers.