Dental Care

Self Treatment of Gum Disease

Before beginning any sort of conversation about the self treatment of gum disease, it is essential to first understand just exactly what the term “gum disease” actually means.

The technical name for it is periodontal disease, and it is basically something caused by the buildup of bacteria and food residue, along with the material known as “tartar”, in the spaces between the gum and the lower region of the tooth’s “crown”.

When it is left alone to do its dirty work, gum disease can spread. This can lead to a breakdown in the connective tissues between the tooth and the “socket” that holds it in the jaw (a condition commonly known as gingivitis), or it can spread into the entire tooth and the adjoining bone of the jaw.

When this happens it causes the jaw to shrink and the teeth to be disconnected from all of the surrounding tissue. This is known as periodontitis.

Best Defense Tactics

So, is it at all possible to administer some sort of self treatment of gum disease? As you may have already guessed, the best form of self treatment is preventative treatment. This all begins with top-notch oral hygiene. The basic tips include:

  • Getting a new toothbrush every 90 days – this prevents bacteria from remaining on the brush and being continually re-introduced into the mouth. Try using only a soft bristle brush to prevent scraping, irritation or damage to the gums;
  • Brushing and flossing at least twice each day – brushing takes away all of the plaque that can coat the outer surfaces of the tooth, and flossing can usually scrape away the rest;
  • Getting a professional cleaning at least once each year – a dental hygienist will be one of your best methods for preventing any sort of gum disease since they have all of the specialized gear designed to remove buildup in places that brushing and flossing don’t reach;
  • Eat a good diet with adequate fiber and water – by eating fibrous foods, you are actually helping to keep teeth free of debris (remember the old “apple a day” adage? Well, it works here too!), and by drinking water you are ensuring optimal conditions for the interior of the mouth. Plus, you should be avoiding sugar that also speeds up the decay of tooth enamel; and
  • Know which types of oral products to use such as all natural toothpaste containing no chemical irritants – although mouthwashes and toothpastes are often sold as preventative treatments for gum and tooth decay, some can actually hasten the pace of gingivitis and periodontitis by continually irritating and inflaming tissue.

Other Approaches to Self Treatment of Gum Disease

So, you know the best preventative measures, and now you are ready to understand how to do some self treatment of gum disease. The first thing to know is that natural remedies are among the most effective.

For example, the substance known as “tea tree oil” has been proven to be an incredible tool for those administering self treatment of gum disease. It can be used as a direct application to the teeth in the form of oil or gel, or a consumer can easily find toothpaste using tea tree oil instead.

Why is it a good choice for the self treatment of gum disease? It is an all natural antibiotic and it is absorbed by the gum tissue and begins attacking the various types of bacteria known to cause gingivitis.

The thing to know about it is that it doesn’t really address plaque buildup on the surfaces of the teeth. This means that it may be a good idea to incorporate a tea tree oil toothpaste, and a tea tree oil gel to get the best effects.

Another good choice for a custom toothpaste is the use of standard baking soda along with hydrogen peroxide.

If you pick up a tube of commercial toothpaste, you might see that the manufacturer is already touting their own use of these ingredients in the formulation, but this diluted concentration will not be an effective self treatment of gum disease to the same degree that your own mixture will.

If you have decided to do this as a form of self treatment of gum disease you can know that the peroxide is going to be a major bacteria destroyer, and that the baking soda will help to strengthen your gums and will also contribute in the battle against bacteria as well.

How do you mix them? A common recipe is:

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of household hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 drop peppermint oil (you can opt for the tea tree oil here instead as well)
  • Natural food coloring (optional, but kids really love to choose the color of their toothpaste)
  • 3 tsp. Stevia or Glycerin (optional, for those who want a sweet toothpaste)

Mix the ingredients carefully together in the order listed, and store in a covered container. Remember that the peroxide can cause the soda to foam up, so be careful when combining.

The Other Effects of Gum Disease

By now you might wonder why it is such a big deal to work so hard to keep teeth healthy and to administer a regular self treatment of gum disease. The answer is that there are many other health issues actually related directly to the appearance of gum disease.

For example, the bacteria that cause periodontitis are quite numerous, and almost any of them can easily enter the blood stream once they have moved from the tooth into the jaw.

The bacteria can then damage blood vessels, cause clotting, and even be the underlying cause for a stroke. There are also many direct links to the bacteria from gum disease leading to heart problems, bad breath, and a host of other issues.

All of this means that a good plan for self treatment of gum disease is just a healthy and intelligent idea.

It doesn’t cost much to make homemade treatments and toothpastes, and the results are proven to be reliable and potent.

As stated in the beginning of this discussion, however, one of the best approaches to treatment of the condition is to work hard to avoid it.

This means that oral hygiene and natural treatments are your two best weapons against gum disease.


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