We’ve all had the nightmares where your teeth fall out and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Tooth loss is one of the most common fears known throughout the world’s many cultures but once gum disease sets in many believe that a course of medical treatment and many expensive trips to the dentist are the only option available. Thankfully for those of us that prefer a more natural or homeopathic alternative there are other methods that you can try in the comfort of your own home.
Sea salt has been long known as an effective treatment for gum disease and mouth ulcers. It is a method passed down from generation to generation of adding a little sea salt to some warm water then swishing it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. This simple salt water solution helps to draw out infections and reduce the swelling in infected gums.
Lemons contain natural anti inflammatory properties and when applied to swollen gums the relief can be almost instant. Make a paste of a little salt and the juice of one lemon that can be easily applied to your gums and teeth. You should rinse thoroughly after a few minutes as, while lemons are high in vitamin C, they are also very acidic and can damage the enamel on your teeth if the paste is left for too long.
Soaked tea bags contain tannic acid which is very effective in the treatment and pain relief of gum disease. After you soak the tea bag in hot water you can simply apply it to the affected area for about five minutes or so and you should experience immediate pain relief and a reduction in swelling.
Unsweetened cranberry juice is a great way to prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth. This in turn gives any infected or swollen guns the chance to heal properly without bacteria slowing down the process. It must be unsweetened though, as the sugars present in sweetened juices not only slow down the healing process but are a major cause of tooth decay.
It may seem a little unwise to apply something so sweet to your gums and teeth but the healing and restorative properties of 100% natural honey should dispel any concerns over tooth decay. Simply apply a small amount to the infected or swollen area after brushing. This method should only be used as a treatment of existing gum problems and not as a preventative measure.
This is a method used to prevent the onset of gum disease rather than treat swollen or infected gums. A little baking soda in a cup with some water added to form a paste is first applied to the teeth using a toothbrush before regular brushing. This helps neutralize the bacteria present in your mouth and is a well known method used in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.
While some of the above remedies may provide pain relief and in many cases effective treatment of gum disease, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible if the pain or swelling continues to cause discomfort. Alternative treatments and home remedies are an excellent way to avoid the use of drugs or surgery but consulting with your dentist when a problem persists is always advisable.
Ciaran visits his dentist regularly but believes that prevention is always better than cure.