Last Modified on May 22, 2016
Gum disease or periodontitis is a gum infection that breaks down the tissue of the gums that support the teeth, and can result in tooth loss. Periodontitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits, and risk can be greatly reduced by daily brushing and flossing. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which is composed of bacteria, starch, and sugar. When plaque builds up it can harden into tartar, usually requiring a professional to remove, which makes it easier for more plaque to build up and cause inflammation and damage to the gums. Damaged gums will cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums that get filled with more plaque; this is the earliest form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Gum disease is also associated with greater risk of heart attack and stroke!
Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, bright red or purple gums that can feel sensitive to touch, bad breath, spaces or gaps between teeth and gums, loose teeth, and sometimes a bad taste in the mouth.
Home Remedies for Gum Disease
On this page you can find a number of user-submitted natural cures for gum disease. Some of our more popular treatments for gum disease include hydrogen peroxide, oil pulling, turmeric, baking soda, bee propolis, and a whole lot more.
Hydrogen Peroxide For Gum Disease - Caution
While many people have reported good results using Hydrogen Peroxide for gum disease, others have reported that they encountered problems when using H202. Because of this, we feel that anyone should either exercise caution when using Hydrogen Peroxide for gum disease or use another remedy suggested by readers, such as oil pulling.
Tried one of the below home remedies for your gum disease? Please let us know if it worked! If you have used a remedy or supplement that is not listed below, please share your story with us too!
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Charcoal works AMAZINGLY!!! Make sure it is activated charcoal.(not out of your fire pit).I have been using it for approximately 2 months, just came from the dentist and even they were like "WOW, your teeth look amazing and we can tell you really take good care of your mouth". Activated charcoal is able to pull out impurities... Helps with gum disease and brightens the teeth.
I use it with a natural toothpaste (Tom's from Maine). I have opened many capsules and put them in a pepper shaker (it's messy... Lay down papertowel). Wet your toothbrush, apply toothpaste, sprinkle with charcoal, and brush. (I suggest placing toothbrush fully in mouth and closing mouth before beginning to brush to make sure you don't breathe over charcoal on brush.... It will go everywhere if you breathe on it... Trust me... I speak from experience!!! )
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Posted by Yasha (Oslo, Norway) on 06/05/2008
re: gum disease, bad breath and burning mouth syndrome: I have been suffering for gum disease and bad breath for the passed few years. I brushed my teeth nearly everytime i eat to avoid bad breath, change toothbrush twice a month, used Corsodyl very often, chewed chewing gums almost every hour, used toothpicks. But all this didn't really help me quit the bad taste in my mouth. It has been so frustrating. But thanks God for charcoal powder. Now the bad breath and burning mouth is gone. I could talk properly without having to worry with my breathy. Really thankful for this remedy.
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Posted by Kay (Jax, Fl, Usa) on 11/20/2013
I have been reading all the posts for Gum disease. I am going out today to purchase Aloe Vera Gel and Juice and the Bee Propolis, assuming I can find it.
I have to admit I have not been the best dental patient. Have had Gingivitis off and on for years. However, now, it has advanced to beyond this stage and I recently visited a Peridentist who stated all the my teeth are loose and the gum disease is so advanced that I should have all of them extracted and wear dentures. I am over 60 yrs old and I guess he figures this is the least expensive way since I do not have any dental insurance. Has anyone on this forum been told this and found a remedy? I know there really isn't much to replace bone loss? The dentist asked me if I took meds for bone loss and I assured him I don't take many meds at all. I actually read somewhere that Chloresteral meds were bad for dental gums. I take a lot of vitamins including CQ10 and have never been a smoker. Any answers would be really appreciated. I really don't want to loose my teeth but this may happen.
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Posted by Joyce (Lansdowne, Pa) on 02/26/2013
I was flossing regularly, brushing with baking soda, rinsing with peroxide but two weeks ago my gum started to bleed profusely at one particular spot. I could not understand why this was happening. Someone told me about aloe vera for gum health. I had some aloe vera gel at home and I started to brush with the gel and toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I also got a mouthwash with the aloe vera as the main ingredient and started to use that since last Friday. Today is Tuesday and the bleeding is significantly less. I also did a reasearch on aloe vera and gum health and found out that it helps to keep the mouth and gums healthy. I am going to continue to use this method for my mouth care. I have also started to drink aloe vera juice as I has many health benefits.
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Posted by Dee (Arkansas, USA) on 10/23/2008
I have had lot and lots of trouble with my stomach and teeth and gums, cracked heels and alot of other things, so one day I was reading about all the healthful benifits of ACV and about a week ago I started taking it, 2tsps in an 8 oz glass of water 3x a day and I right away felt the difference and seen the difference in my complextion, and even in my gums they are not swollen and they are actually clearing up, my mouth feels much better now. I just tough it out and take it with water, it isn't really that bad after you get use to it, shoot with all the health benefits I think I can handle the taste. Anyway I am so glad I started drinking it, now my husband is drinking it to, he just started we shall see how he does with it, he has high blood pressure I am hoping it will help him with that. Anyway just wanted to put my two cents in about the amazing apple cider vinegar.
Posted by Martin (Canoga Park, California) on 04/03/2007
I'm a health writer and get a lot of good tip from docs. One of my favorite, and that I try to get my grandkids to follow, is a simple mouth cleaning with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. According to the dental experts I have interviewed, the two generate a powerful 1-2 knockout punch against many of the bad bacterial that cause caries and gum disease. Here's how to do it: brush after each meal (if possible) with baking soda. Try to gently work the baking soda into the gum tissue where it meets the teeth. Don't rinse. Baking soda is a huge killer of bacteria. Then follow up right away with a swig of apple cider vinegar. You will experience a "poof" in your mouth--the result of the acidic vinegar reacting with the alkaline baking soda. This combination has helped me keep a chronic gum disease situation under control. I wish I had known about it 40 years ago when my gum problems started. You can chuck all your toothpaste tubes. There's nothing as good as this combo, my dentist sources tell me, and they are super experts. Good luck.
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Posted by Maryann (Springfield, Ma) on 03/23/2010
I love this site!!! And I love Ted's cures!! I wanted to add something that I haven't seen mentioned...a retired dentist told me this about receding gums...something no one ever told me at the Dental Office ($$) that I go to...he said DON'T use an electric toothbrush, it is too rough on the delicate gumline, he said use a soft toothbrush and only brush down on your upper teeth and only brush up on your lower teeth. He said if you brush up and down you force food particles into your already sick gumline! DUH!! What a genius! It made perfect sense to me. I have been doing this for about 6 months and my gums are so much better. It is very hard to break the old scrubbing habit though! and then I think of all the money I wasted on the electric toothbrush that the dental office sold me! Just started oil pulling too. Did I say---I love this site!!
Posted by Renee (El Dorado, Kansas) on 05/27/2007
I've had gum disease for about 20 years even though my dental hygene is good. Nothing helped. All of my molars are now loose.
Anyway, for years the gums around several of these now loose teeth became inflamed and it felt as if my teeth were rotting from the inside out. I also had constant pain and swelling in my neck glands and ear pain on the inflamed side.
Several months ago I became aware of fluoride being a poison and ceased drinking fluroidated water and my tooth paste is now baking soda and water or peroxide.
All the pain and inflamation as went away. There have been two times I was out of baking soda and brushed my teeth with regular tooth paste and within several hours all the old symptions returned.
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Posted by Joe M (Usa) on 08/12/2015
Baking Soda is the cure all for your dental and mouth care. But you first need to understand how and why it works.
First let me mention what I used to use and what the condition of my mouth was. I am 43 years old. And I was raised as a "Crest kid". I thought my teeth looked good growing up. But it didn't keep me away from the dentist. I still got cavities. My teeth are food traps. So that made it even more difficult. But no matter how much I brushed, the problems would not stop.
I eventually suspected that toothpaste was not working at all. I began hearing about how Fluoride was toxic anyway. So I looked for alternatives. I had already been using baking soda for occasional stomach acid and washing hair. I also became aware that it helps get rid of cancer. And as it also turns out, baking soda was once a common cure for many health problems years ago. That is, until the political lobbyists worked to cover it up.
After some education, I realized that the reason baking soda is so marvelous for the human body is because it has a pH level that is very alkaline. And modern bodies are often very acidic due to the diet and water that is being supplied to the public these days. This affects hair, teeth, and every other part of the body. So baking soda basically fixes the pH for us. It helps cure cancer by making the body more alkaline, which will kill acid loving cancer. It helps hair by making it alkaline. So. When you wash it afterwards, using acidic shampoo, your hair will be more alkaline than it otherwise would be. And your hair will be more thicker and alive than ever. Baking soda helps your mouth by making it alkaline. Acid is what ruins your teeth.
I actually began using baking soda to brush my teeth more than two years ago. Every one of my mouth problems went away and never returned. Furthermore. Cavities that were starting came to a halt. They never worsened. The amazing thing here is that I only brush once a day. I still eat sweets more than ever. I basically wet my brush, stick it down into the baking soda, caking it on. I drip water drops on it until its full wet. Then spread it all around my teeth and then brush everything all through my mouth. I then take water into my mouth and swish and gargle well. Then spit. I do it once more to fully get out the baking soda. My mouth is then very alkaline. It then becomes IMPOSSIBLE for bacteria or any other monster to live in there ruining my teeth.
Now let me add. Do not fall for the gingivitis LIE. The dental industry is a big scam. They want your money. Its the same ole corporate/political scam to swindle the public. To keep us dumb. If everyone brushed with baking soda every day, most dentists would be out of business. Tooth decay cannot occur when your mouth is alkaline.
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Posted by Lkforster (Olympia, Wa) on 02/25/2013
Until a few years ago, I never had a single problem with my teeth or gums... Then, after a particularly nasty sinus infection, I began experiencing swelling and soreness in my upper right gumline. According to my dentist, I just needed to brush well and floss regularly-both things I was already doing, and my gums have only gotten worse. For example, I used to have to work floss up into my gumline in order to clean them properly-now, I can easily fit a gum pick into the spaces between my teeth, yet they don't feel as clean. Maybe I overdo it? Anyway, I have had success with other remedies from Earth Clinic, so decided to try Baking Soda for my gums after an especially sore week... Big difference! Instead of the throbbing at the end of the day, which I had become accustomed to, my gums feel like they used to. They also seem to feel a bit more "filled in", for lack of a better term... Not as roomy between my teeth at the gumline, and they don't seem as sensitive when I use floss now. I am following a simple plan that another reviewer suggested-a heaping tablespoon of baking soda, diluted with a small amount of water, swishing in the mouth for a minute, and not rinsing afterward. I am doing this after my morning brush and before bed. Very easy remedy, so I will be curious to see what my dentist thinks when I see him next. Thank you Earth Clinic!
Posted by Iris (London, Canada) on 11/06/2007
I have braces which means food gets trapped really easily but it is difficult to floss. As a result I have inflammed gums, which often bleed, despite brushing after every meal. ' Now I use a HUGE scoop of baking soda in a sip of water (so its like a runny paste) and swished it around in my mouth for a couple of minutes. My swollen gums went back to normal imediatly after and have stopped bleeding. It leaves a salty taste in my mouth but I avoid rinsing after the baking soda.
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Posted by Tammie (Prairieville, Louisiana) on 03/31/2007
My gums had started receding so bad that I could see a space between my two front teeth at the gum line, then I read that bee propolis can actually help the gum tissue to grow back, and it really works. No more space between my teeth.
Bee propolis also reduces fever, helps sore throat, canker sores, fever blisters and heals stomach ulcers and just about anything else you use it on.
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Posted by Rich (Springfield, MA) on 06/02/2012
I was very worried that I had gum disease so I began to research and I came across this site. I read all the reviews and settled on the remedies of BEE PROPOLIS, CoQ10, and Oil Pulling. A week later and my teeth/gums/mouth have never felt better. I really didn't think it was going to work at first and figured I would have to tell my family and go to the doctor/dentist. The first thing I do when I wake up is swish around a teaspoon of sesame oil for 20 min in my mouth. I then brush my teeth, floss, and rinse my mouth with mouthwash. I take the CoQ10 on an empty stomach before I eat breakfast. I try to drink a lot of water and chew sugar free gum as much as I can during the day. At night I repeat the brush, floss, and rinse. And when I am done I apply the bee propolis. After a week I have noticed the difference. The space between my teeth and gum are becoming tighter. My gums are changing from a dark red/purple to a regular red/pink. My teeth no longer feel like they are going to fall out. And most importantly I have no sores or cuts around my mouth. I think this remedy saved my mouth from gum disease and saved me from the embarassment. If you are worried or just want something different try these 3 things.