Last Modified on May 23, 2015
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!
[YEA] 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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