How to Treat Gum Infection (Gingivitis) Naturally

How to Treat Gum Infection (Gingivitis) Naturally

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue and is one of the most common diseases among the population. This is actually a real epidemic – about 95% adults suffer from periodontal disease of some degree during their lifetime. The source of the infection is bacteria that inhabit the oral cavity, infect the teeth (plaque), hardened and become tartar.

Gingivitis is characterized by redness and swelling in the gum tissue, bleeding while brushing the teeth, tenderness or pain in the gums, a bad taste in the mouth, bad breath, formation of pus between the teeth and gums and more.

Chronic gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is more severe gingivitis that can lead to teeth loss and receding gums.

Periodontitis – a Silent Killer

Periodontitis is a silent disease, and frequently the only visible sign is seeing blood in the sink following tooth brushing, until the disease reaches an advanced stage when teeth move position or become mobile. Other symptoms include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red or purplish gums
  • Gums that feel tender when touched
  • New spaces developing between your teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

Periodontitis is ‘kick started’ by bacterial plaque accumulating at or below the gum boundary with the teeth, which triggers inflammation both locally and in other parts of the body.

The bacteria can also enter the blood where they stimulate a protective response from the liver and also excessive release of damaging antibacterial agents from the white blood cells. Both responses aggravate the inflammation, which may damage blood vessel walls and other distant organs/tissues.

There is good evidence that periodontitis affects blood sugar levels in diabetes patients, and makes heart and kidney complications of diabetes worse.

Periodontitis is often called the silent killer as it was found that prolonged inflammation and gum infection increase the risk of:

  • Atherosclerosis – The inflammation created by periodontitis can increase the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls.
  • Diabetes – periodontitis may trigger type-2 diabetes.
  • Heart attacks and heart disease – The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in patients with periodontitis is 25–50% higher than in healthy individuals.
  • Stroke – There is evidence that periodontitis is associated with increased risk of stroke.
  • Cancer – Several studies have shown an increased risk of cancer with periodontal disease.
  • Premature births and miscarriages.

How to treat the infection?

To ensure healthy teeth and gums and to prevent gingivitis or to treat it after it appeared, it is important to get rid of the bacteria that cause the inflammation, maintain high oral hygiene level and treat gum problems as soon as you notice the first symptoms.

Natural remedies for gingivitis

Saline solution
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in ½ cup warm water, mix and rinse your mouth well with the solution for about a minute. It is recommended to repeat the treatment several times a day.

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has many healing properties. Similar to its use on skin, aloe vera is used to cleanse and soothe teeth and gums. Apply a small amount of aloe vera with your finger on the affected area. You can use natural aloe vera gel that can be purchased at any pharmacy or the aloe vera plant itself if you have it on hand. Aloe vera is a common medicinal herb and is useful for other ailments. If you want to learn more about aloe vera as well as other herbs, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

Sage is an effective anti-bacterial herb used to treat gingivitis. Brew some fresh sage leaves in a glass of boiling water for about 10 minutes, let it cool off and gurgle the infusion around your mouth 2-3 times a day. Alternatively, rub sage leaf on the gums and focus on the area of ​​the inflammation. See also here how to make sage and sea salt tooth powder.

Raw honey
Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply a little bit of natural raw honey directly on the infection. You may also be interested to read my article about 13 ways to use honey for your health.

Garlic is known to have antibiotic effects. Crush one or two cloves of garlic, and place them on the infected gums. If you have rock salt, add a little bit of it to the crushed garlic, and then place this mixture on the infected gums.

Coconut oil / Vitamin E oil / Olive oil / Neem oil
Virgin coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and can be used to treat a lot of skin infections. Vitamin E oil can do a lot of the same things. Rub some virgin coconut oil, or vitamin E oil on your gums. Neem bark and its leaves have active ingredients that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It strengthens the immune system and the body’s resistance to infections. You can also use olive oil that is anti-inflammatory due to many of its healthy components. Take one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and swish it around your mouth for a few minutes and then spit. Don’t swallow it as it contains toxins from the mouth. You may also apply it to gums and rub or massage the gums gently. For best results, repeat the process three times a day.

Clove / Tea tree essential oil
When you do the oil treatment above, you can add a drop or two of clove oil or tea tree oil to the oil you are using. Tea tree oil is highly antiseptic, and clove oil can fight infections as well. It has antibacterial properties, and is very effective in treating gum disease. If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

Chamomile / Ginger / Cinnamon tea
Ginger improves inflammatory condition, and chamomile may help soothe mouth inflammations and keep gums healthy. Cinnamon has strong anti-bacterial effects and has been known to treat infections. To relieve pain and help in the heeling process drink a lot of these teas. Make a tea, take a sip and pass on the gums. You can also gargle the tea as a mouthwash.

Apple cider vinegar + Baking soda
Add one tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and use it as a rinse after brushing with baking soda. Drink the rest of the water to build up your system and fight gum disease from the inside. Don’t drink undiluted apple cider vinegar as it can erode tooth enamel.

Strawberries + Lemon juice
Strawberries are known to remove tartar due to their acid content. Apart from making the teeth cleaner and whiter, strawberries are also responsible for maintaining good health of gums. Strawberries contain a large amount of vitamin C that helps fight diseases and treat infections. Lemon juice has been known to treat infections too. Place about 3-4 strawberries in a food processor and add to it a tablespoon of organic lemon juice. Use this strawberry and lemon juice mixture to brush on your gums, using a soft toothbrush. Then rinse well and spit. To learn more about the amazing healing properties of berries, have a look at my e-book The Healing Berry Guide. This e-book will teach you how to transform your health with berries.

Plain unsweetened yogurt
A report published in the Journal of Periodontology credits probiotics as one possible champion of gum health, so eat plain white unsweetened yogurt, and rub a little bit on the gums.

Cashew Nuts

I’ve already mentioned that cashew nut can eliminate tooth decay, acne, tuberculosis and pneumonia.


Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 Has a strong antioxidant effect and improves the oxygen supply to the tissues of the gums and helps in preventing and curing gingivitis.

I’ve already mentioned the health benefits of chlorella. This green algae helps to relieve, heal and treat gingivitis. Chlorella contains a compound that can enhance immune function and stimulates tissue repair.

Proper nutrition

Avoid consuming simple sugars and alcohol as they increase the accumulation of plaque on the teeth and weaken the immune system. Instead, consume foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. The fiber doesn’t attack the bacteria on your teeth but it helps to improve your body’s immune system so you are in a better position to fight bacteria that causes gingivitis.

Brushing your teeth and flossing

Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day. Daily brushing reduces gum infections by 60%, and although you may have bleeding gums, it is important to brush your teeth thoroughly with a soft fiber toothbrush. Brush horizontally on the border between the gums and the teeth so the bristles will penetrate the space between the teeth and gums and will remove the leftover food and plaque. In addition to brushing your teeth with a brush, it is recommended to use a dental floss to clean between the teeth to prevent food from sticking between the teeth resulting in a favorite area for bacteria.

Visit dental hygienist

Visit a dental hygienist at least once a year to remove plaque and tartar. If your gingivitis doesn’t improve or getting worse, see your dentist.

For more information on how to fight gum infection and tooth decay read my other posts:

Two Daily Tablespoons of this Natural Ingredient Will Save Your Teeth and Remove Plaque

How to Heal Cavities and Tooth Decay Naturally

How Cashew Nut Can Eliminate Tooth Decay, Acne, Tuberculosis and Pneumonia


43 Responses to How to Treat Gum Infection (Gingivitis) Naturally

  1. Alec says:


    My lower incisor teeth used to have tartar and I removed them using 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking powder,mixed them to a paste then brushed my teeth using warm water.

    After that, I used a dental pick to scale off the plaque and they came out.The problem though is it left my gum with deep holes such that the roots are almost visible.

    Will the gum grow and cover up the region where the plaque had infected?


    • Jenny says:

      Hi Alec, I don’t know the answer, but after researching the issue in the web it appears to be that it depends on the severity of your case. In mild cases, natural remedies may help improve receding gums. While it’s possible to reverse receding gums (bring the gums back to the original place), severe cases must be seen and treated by a dentist for better results. See more details here:

      In WikiHow website they suggest how to stimulate gum growth and say that if your gums have shown no sign of growth after several months, you need to visit your dentist. See more information in their webpage:

      • sybil wone says:

        Hi Jenny… re. Alec’s comment (and possibly others’), I’m wondering if he knows the difference between baking powder and baking soda. Maybe they think it’s the same thing. -And maybe Alec was actually using baking powder instead of baking soda!?!? That may have to be clarified.

  2. K Mack says:

    Have you heard of oil pulling? I do it and it works fantastic. I switch between coconut oil and sesame oil. firms up your gums and helps keep plaque at bay.

  3. dr.ibrahiim says:

    Want know where can get sage n growing areas.

  4. shree says:

    Good article……simple & practicle remidies

  5. Dawn says:

    My Dad was diagnosed with precancerous lesions in his mouth. Is there any known natural treatment for mouth lesions?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Dawn, I personally not familiar with this condition and don’t know much about it.

    • Dave says:

      Look into black seed oil. It should take care of any precancerous lesions in your Dad’s mouth. I would take a couple of table spoons daily plus swish it around in his mouth as often as possible.

  6. Becky Heung says:


    Thank you very much for allowing me to subscribe to your healthy posts for free. i’m a health care professional & i’m sure your health tips would be very beneficial to my clients too! May you be blessed for your good work, kind-heartedness & generosity!


  7. Mbuotidem says:

    Dear Jenny, thanks for all the options made available, been of great use.
    Please for the ACV and baking powder, am I to use the baking powder to brush or a toothpaste? I didn’t get that part.

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, you use the baking soda as a tooth powder – apply a small amount into your hand and dip a damp toothbrush into it. Brush your teeth as usual. You can also mix equal parts of sea salt and baking soda and store in a jar and use it as a tooth powder.

  8. ujala zain says:

    dear sir. my gums looking blackish red.when i brush i feel pain.please suggest me easy solution for my problem.thanks

    • Jenny says:

      You can see the suggestions in the article itself, but depending on your situation you may need to see the dentist for a thorough look.

  9. Franz says:

    Thanks for sharing your great information with us. I actually had gum problem lately and this can help me resolve the discomfort I’m experiencing lately.

  10. So Helpfull, Thanks Jenny

  11. Michelle says:

    Would you recommend replacing conventional toothpaste such as colgate or equivalent with baking soda tooth powder? Or is there another option that you would suggest?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Michelle, brushing with baking soda is safe and effective, and it’s a good natural alternative to commercial toothpaste. It is a great alkalizer and helps to neutralize acids in the mouth. You may have heard the claim that baking soda is abrasive. However, compared to commercial toothpastes, baking soda is much less abrasive, and therefore healthier for your teeth. Another good alternative is to use natural toothpastes that are available online from various companies and are triclosan and fluoride free and are based on natural or herbal extracts. Also sea salt is a good alternative – see here –

  12. Lucy Barrett says:

    Hey there, yes i’m in the midst of trying to bring my gums back to health…small chronic infection suddenly blew up in my mouth and now have pockets and receeding gums, no bleeding but they feel inflamed often…not always. thank you for the tips…has anyone tried bentonite clay to pull out the infection? its a real drag since i’ve flossed and brushed daily for years…i was really sick with a severe reaction to a toxin 4 months ago and mouth felt like a sewer for weeks…that’s better but i have a long way to go. thanks for the encouragement

  13. Sam Smith says:

    There is a huge need for this web sight thank you so much for being here for people.
    I have a rotted tooth in the the back top of my mouth and there is only about half of it left
    there was a filling in it 6 months ago but fell out and I do not have the money or insurance to get it fixed. just in the last 2 weeks it has started causing pain a little at first now it seems overnight I am getting EXTREME pain all over my teeth that is causing bad headaches even some chest pain and neck pain. I cannot get anyone to take it out for me for 30 days can this cause me any permanent problems? Like heart or anything? I am on high blood pressure meds as well as some pain meds tramadol and naproxen(which helps somewhat with pain) I cannot lay down cause then the pain comes on horrible. Im on ssi and medicaid but non of it will cover tooth extraction. Will any of the above help with a tooth so far gone? ie. olive oil garlic cinnamon ect ect. I am in so much pain I cannot think and noise and light are painful. Thanks so much for any help.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sam, I understand that you have no money or insurance, but the way you describe your problem (extreme pain etc) indicates that you need professional help ASAP and not relying on home remedies. I’m not sure what’s the health structure where you live and if you have emergency subsidized services, but you must get to a dental services and take care of the problem. Severe dental problem can threaten your heart health (read more about it here), so you MUST take care of your problem ASAP using professional dental services.

      • Sam Smith says:

        I am changing my insurance to allow for dental it will take effect in 15 days.
        Thank you for the advice here and I hope anyone reading this please do not wait to
        get you teeth taken care of. Trust me I did not know the pain could be this bad.

  14. Audrey parker says:

    Try turmeric with black better, comes in several ways, I have capsules, open capsule and rub all in your mouth , it is a anti inflammatory

  15. Teph Lacson says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I found this article to be really useful. If you don’t mind, may I have the exact measurement of baking soda & salt (what salt exactly) mixed in warm water? And what to do after, I need this remedy so that my tartar would be lessen.

    Thank you.

    • Jenny says:

      As for salt (sea salt) – dissolve a teaspoon of salt in ½ cup warm water. As for baking soda – mix 1 tsp. of baking soda with a little bit of water to form a thick paste.

  16. Ewa says:

    I know only 4 remedies for that ; toothbrush , toothpaste , floss and mouthwash …

  17. Emily Alec says:

    Hi please help me with this problem blinding gums and bad breath.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Emily, you can try some of the suggestions in the article to treat the gum infection, but if your condition is bad or deteriorates, you will need to see a dentist. As for bad breath – it can be a result of dental issues, such as gum disease, cavities or plaque buildup, so again it would be wise to see a dentist. If the cause for bad breath is different – you can have a look here.

  18. Jacob says:

    Am having a gum infection and the front of my gums have receded much. and lots of tartars build on it. and ma front teeth is a bit loose….
    Earlier this morning I found out that the only solution to get rid of tartar is to visit the dentist. I researched and found out they use a metal object to remove it. so I searched for 2 big needles and I burnt one washed my hands and I removed about 85% of the tartar….. and I had less pain wen doing it. it was a good time

    I can’t visit a dentist cus money is not on my side.

    pls recommend some natural ways to go by it…..
    Am from Ghana……….

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jacob, I do understand that money is not on your side, however the way you describe your problem, you really need a professional help. All the suggestions in the article are not suitable for a more progressive gum disease but rather to its early stages. Your condition is not really suitable for home remedies. Paying the money for a proper dental work in your case will save you a lot of money in the future.

  19. Jacob says:

    I know Jenny. but I don’t even have a job. I am 22 years old boy and no one caters for me. All I have on me is less than USD $200 dollars. and I know that can’t cover the problem.
    please there must be a way out……
    Jenny, life out here in ma country is survival…..
    I know God created us and also provided medicines for us. At then there was no dentist…

    • Jenny says:

      I am sorry to hear about your situation Jacob and I really apologize for not knowing what to offer for your advanced condition (I’m not a doctor). I wish I could be of more help to you.

  20. oliver says:

    thank you for sharing with us..

  21. ebonie bruch says:

    I recently went to the dentist because of a hole In one of my back tooth …I got it pulled but a day later It start feeling strange… I think it’s an Infection on the part where I got it pulled ….it’s whiteish grey and it feels in inflammation …. Do you know wha. May have caused the Infection ??

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure what caused this feeling, but if the situation does not improve or becomes worse, go to see your dentist again.

  22. Baklush says:

    Is this will work too if you periodotitis?

    • Jenny says:

      Periodontitis is a later stage of gingivitis, and in this case you really need to see a dentist.

      • Baklush says:

        Went already to the dentist and she told me have a periodontitis, but didnt give anything she just told me vrush every and floss 2X aday, then i come back after 3 weeks to see if i still have. So the moment she told me i have a case in my gum i tried to search here on net if i could find a home remedie to help my gum case, and ifound your advice. Thank you for this, and i hope it will help my case.
        PS: Sorry about my english, its not my native laguage hope i didnt give you headache understanding my english :-).
        Thanks once again :-)

        • Jenny says:

          Don’t apologize for your English – this website is for everyone, including non-native English speakers. Everyone is welcome!

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