Do you have bleeding and inflamed gums that are making life difficult? Every time you chew, it becomes all the more painful, and your gums feel sore all the time? You probably do not need us to tell you that you have periodontitis… What is periodontitis? – Well that’s a question we’ve answered at length elsewhere.
But now that the problem has already happened, after the event there really is just one avenue left to you – and that is finding out the right periodontitis treatment for you!
And to that end, we’ve compiled the full list here – home remedies and gum care tips – try them out to see what suits you best!
First up – proper gum and teeth care
If you do not show any love towards your gums and your teeth, they will surely not be in any shape to care for you. So if you’ve not been doing your job right, it’s no surprise that you have periodontitis now! But incorporate these dental care best practices into your schedule now and you’ll notice results within days!
At least 2 times, if not thrice. That’s right. When you eat, or even when you don’t eat for a long time, your mouth is actually a hotbed for bacteria and allergens to grow. And it is these that cause infection of the gums. So brushing – after every meal – is imperative.
Brushing alone will clean the surface of the teeth – but what about the areas between adjoining teeth. They are too small for your brush, but definitely not so for the bacteria! So to clean these areas, floss at least once a day or every time you brush!
|3. Mouth wash
This is the third precaution – another way to root out bacteria and reduce infection. Use an antiseptic one for best results.
|4. Regular Dentist Appointments
In spite of all your efforts, bacteria can still find hidden spots to grow in and infect. And to avoid these from getting out of hand, you need to schedule regular appointments with your dentist! After all he’s the best person to advise you about your teeth!
|5. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is anti-inflammatory and has healing properties. Mix some fresh lemon juice with salt and apply to your gums and teeth. Leave it on for a bit before gargling.
|6. Tea tree oil
Pure tea tree oil is a natural anti-septic and a very potent one. Mix in with your toothpaste or apply as it is to your gums and leave on for a bit.
|7. Clove oil
Clove oil is commonly used to treat dental issues. You can apply it directly, but be prepared for it to burn.
|8. Aloe Vera
Unlike the clove oil, this one will not burn. And this is because Aloe Vera cools and soothes and in the process, encourages healing. Apply Aloe Vera juice or gel to the affected gum areas and leave it for a bit.
|9. Baking Soda
This is another anti-bacterial agent. Make a paste with some water and apply to the gums. Rinse after 5 minutes.
|10. Medicated Mouthwash
When the mouthwash is medicated, it can contain antibiotics or antimicrobial substances. They are more potent at killing the germs.
If the infection is bad enough, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics to deal with the infection.
|12. Topical Antibiotics
Topical antibiotics for periodontitis come in the form of gels or chips. These you must apply to the affected area. Being topical they work faster than the pills. But then you should only use these if advised by the dentist.
|13. Flap surgery
Finally you have flap surgery. Here the dentist actually performs an incisional operation. He creates ‘flaps’ by making incisions along the surface of the gums in the affected areas. Thereafter the plaque (which contains the bacterial growth) is removed from underneath.
But then this is a procedure that your dentist will advise you about – it isn’t up to you.
Periodontitis is actually treatable – the pain and the discomfort will go away. You can actually stop being ashamed of your bleeding gums. Just make the most of these periodontitis treatments and visit your dentist. And together they’ll work their magic!