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How to Treat Gum Infections At Home


Posted on 10/24/2022 by Summit Dental Group
How to Treat Gum Infections At HomeGum infection can damage the soft tissues, and if left untreated, it can interfere with the bone supporting your teeth. This can lead to serious issues such as teeth loosening or tooth loss. Considering professional care is the best way to treat gum infection. However, there are simple ways you can add to your oral routine to control gum infection and keep your teeth healthy.

Saltwater


Saltwater is an effective gum abscess remedy. It helps to heal inflamed gums caused by gingivitis. It can also ease pain, remove food particles, and reduce bacteria in the mouth. Besides, salty water is a natural disinfectant. However, rinsing too often can affect your teeth' enamel. It can also erode your teeth because of its acidic properties.

Using salt water to rinse your mouth at least 2-3 times a day is enough to help your mouth heal on its own. It is good to note that salt water only helps to lessen the symptoms but not to cure them. Hence, it is good to contact a dentist as soon as you notice the symptoms of gum infection. The professional may prescribe some antibiotics to clear the infection and prevent further damage to the gums.

MouthWash


If salt water does not lessen gum infection symptoms, you can try an advanced mouthwash. However, not all mouthwashes are effective. Some have a high amount of alcohol, which can lead to dry mouth. A dry mouth can contribute to more bacterial plaque, resulting in gum infection. Some effective mouthwash options for treating gum infection include lemongrass oil mouthwash, aloe Vera mouthwash, tea tree oil mouthwash, and sage mouthwash.

Daily Brushing and Flossing


Plaque is the primary cause of gum infection. An easy and cost-effective way to remove plaque is by brushing and flossing. It is good to note that bacteria reproduce quickly in the mouth. Hence, it is best to floss and brush daily to disrupt them.

If you notice severe symptoms such as teeth sensitivity or constant pain, it is good to seek professional help. Besides, if the gum infection does not improve with the above home remedies, consulting a dentist can help. When left untreated, gum infection can lead to serious health issues.

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