At Home Tips To Prevent Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, gum disease, is a severe inflammatory condition that can threaten the health of gums, bone, and teeth. Periodontitis causes the formation of pockets and or spaces in-between the gums and the individual tooth. If not corrected and prevented this disease can lead to the loosening or loss of teeth. It is known that an individual can have rapid deterioration in a short period as well as a long period of remission. Periodontitis and its progression are influenced by genetic predisposition and oral hygiene. It can progress unnoticed for an extended period. Early signs can be bleeding gums during toothbrushing than no further signs may be noticed until the teeth start to loosen. Periodontal disease can respond to treatment; however, the damage is mostly irreversible, but the good news is that the progression can be stopped.

Although it is always recommended to visit a dentist, below we would like to share a few natural techniques to take that may help. They are not a cure; however, these preventative measures may help to prevent it or to slow down the periodontal damage that this disease can cause to your gums, bone, and teeth. We list a few natural steps that you can do in-between dental visits to maintain optimal oral health.

Brushing

Brush both morning and night as well as after meals. Rinse thoroughly with mouthwash.

Water Flossing

The pulsating water reaches deep in-between teeth and under the gum line. It helps to clean to out plaque which can lead to the development of bacteria.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used to help maintain oral health. It helps to restore the acid balance inside your mouth which is essential. You can dissolve ½ teaspoon into 6 oz of water and use as a mouth rinse. (do not swallow). Or you can wet your toothbrush and sprinkle the baking soda on it.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent antibacterial oral mouthwash rinse. It is commonly used in many over the counter mouthwashes. It must be diluted with lukewarm water.

Vitamins

Vitamin C, Flavinoids, Coenzyme Q10, Calcium and Zinc supplements are known to help treat gum disease.

Green Tea

This is well known as the great healer and contains large amounts of antibacterial agents that cleanse the oral cavity.

Herbs

Echinacea, sage oil, peppermint, bloodroot, caraway, and menthol are good for the treatment of periodontal disease

Mouthwash

A great natural mouthwash can be made by mixing equal parts of peppermint, sage and mint oils with a glass of lukewarm water.

Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil

This technique is becoming increasingly popular. Put a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for approx. 20 minutes. By swishing around the oil, the bacteria gets swept away and dissolves into the liquid oil.

Diet

Certain foods high in calcium such as cheese are known to give your teeth the nutrients they need. Foods with high water content such as apples, celery, and watermelon produce saliva. This is one of the best natural ways to rinse away harmful bacteria.

These are the best natural ways to help you to prevent or slow down the periodontal disease. However, the best option is always to visit your dentist regularly. With the right cleanings and exams, a good dentist will be able to check your gums, bone, and teeth to see what stages of periodontal disease you may be at. With a combination of routine dental exams and proper at-home oral hygiene, you can stop and prevent periodontal disease.

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