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Home Remedies To Treat Gingivitis. 

Inflammation of the gums is known as gingivitis, and it can be caused due to bacterial or fungal infections. Gingivitis can lead to loss of tooth or tooth decay. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that you manage to get rid of plaque and tartar causing gingivitis. 

A dentist in Buffalo Grove, IL, advises their patients to opt for home remedies before seeking professional treatment to get rid of gingivitis. This is because home remedies are cheaper and do not have side effects, while a professional treatment may have several side effects, and a patient may not be able to pay for the treatment. 

Home remedies used for treating gingivitis. 

Before opting for home remedies, ensure that you do not have allergies to any products. Also, ask your dentist before opting for home remedies. The treatment should be cross-checked by a dentist, especially in cases where a patient is pregnant, breastfeeding, or has other severe medical conditions. 

  • Saltwater treatment. 

Rinsing the mouth using lukewarm water mixed with salt is highly beneficial when dealing with gingivitis. This is because salt behaves like a natural disinfectant and can:

Soothe inflamed gums. 

Reduce pain. 

Reduce bacteria. 

Remove food particles. 

Improve bad breath. 

  • Lemongrass oil mouthwash. 

It has been reported that lemongrass oil mouthwash is much more effective in reducing plaque and treating gingivitis when compared to the traditionally used chlorhexidine mouthwash. Lemongrass oil is highly potent. To start with, a patient should dilute it before using it. 

  • Aloe vera mouthwash. 

Aloe vera has been proven to provide as much effectiveness as chlorhexidine mouthwash. Moreover, there is no requirement to dilute the aloe vera mouthwash before using it. However, patients having allergies to aloe vera mouthwash must not use it. 

  • Use of turmeric. 

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. Applying turmeric paste or gel can effectively reduce gingivitis and plaque formation. Turmeric also has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, so it can also help reduce the reddening of the gums or infections. 

  • Clove application. 

Studies have shown that clove has a high potential for reducing inflammation and plaque build-up. This is because clove has antiviral and antioxidant properties. 

  • Coconut oil pulling. 

Lauric acid is a compound contained in coconut oil with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been reported that coconut oil can significantly reduce plaque build-up and gingivitis. 

  • Arimedadi oil pulling. 

Administration of Arimedadi oil has been shown to reduce symptoms of gingivitis and reduce the growth of plaque.