If you're in the beginning stages of gingivitis, you're probably dealing with red, swollen gums. During this early stage, there are steps you can take to get things under control and prevent a more serious case of gum disease from taking hold. The most important thing you can do is maintain proper dental care, including your semi-annual dentist visits and brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. In addition, there are some natural steps you should take to treat swollen gums and restore your gums to good health. Here are some steps to get you started.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel
If you've got aloe vera gel on hand, you've got the perfect ingredient to battle gum disease and inflamed gums. Apply the aloe vera gel directly to your gums several times a day. Allow the gel to remain on your gums for several minutes before rinsing your mouth with fresh water. Be sure to continue applying the gel several times a day until the inflammation subsides. After that, apply the gel once day to keep the inflammation away.
Reach for the Salt
If you haven't been using salt to treat your swollen gums, you need to start. Rinsing your mouth with salt water at least twice a day will relieve the swelling and inflammation, as well as alleviate any pain you might be experiencing. If you're noticing a significant amount of swelling, you can also rub the salt directly onto your gums.
Pour a small amount of salt into the palm of your hand, and add a drop or two of water to form a paste. Rub the salt paste directly onto your gums. Repeat several times a day until the pain and inflammation subsides.
Use a Hydrogen Peroxide Paste
If you've developed an infection along with your swollen gums, you'll need to battle both problems. The best way to do that is with a hydrogen peroxide paste. Place 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a small bowl and add enough hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. Apply the paste to your gums and allow it to remain there for a minute or two. Rinse your mouth with clear water to remove the paste. You can also mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and tap water, and swish the solution around in your mouth twice a day.
Take Your Daily Vitamin
If you're not taking vitamin C on a daily basis, you should be. Not only will taking vitamin C on a daily basis help keep colds away, it will also help reduce swollen gums, and reduce the effects of gum disease.
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