Gum disease is the result of inflammation of the gums and bones that support teeth. There are three stages of gum disease. In the earliest stage, called gingivitis, the gums are red and bleed. The second and third stages are periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, which is when gums pull away from the teeth and small pockets are formed. In the advanced stage, the pockets are no longer able to keep the teeth secured.
Gum disease is one of the biggest dental health threats. In fact, 47.2% of adults who are 30 years of age and older have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, there are natural ways to reverse gum disease using essential oils. Here's what you need to know before using essential oils to reverse gum disease.
Essential Oils with Antibacterial Properties
Essential oils have many different types of properties. For purposes of reversing gum disease and improving oral health, you'll want to use oils that have antibacterial properties, such as spearmint and peppermint. However, since essentials oils are strong and could cause irritation, you'll need to be careful on the strength of the oil that is applied directly to your teeth and gums. Place a few drops of each essential oil into a almond oil or coconut oil to reduce the potency. Then, use the solution in place of your regular toothpaste. Alternatively, look for prepackaged essential oil treatments that are designed specifically for gum disease.
The use of essential oils will likely increase saliva production in your mouth, as the salivary flow is stimulated by essential oils. This extra saliva production adds to the fight to reverse gum disease by washing away bacteria and food particles from the teeth and gums. Washing away the bacteria and food particles can also help prevent tooth decay. An additional benefit of increased saliva production is that it helps to combat the effects some medications have in developing dry mouth syndrome.
If your dentist has informed you that pockets have developed along your gum line, you should irrigate your gums prior to brushing your teeth. Gum irrigation will effectively wash away food particles and bacteria that may be trapped inside or alongside the pockets. Your dentist can instruct you on how to do gum irrigation in your home and provide you with a dental syringe to be used to safely do the irrigation technique.
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