How to Treat Gum Infection (Gingivitis) Naturally

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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% of the population suffers 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. In addition, it was found that prolonged inflammation and gum infection increase the risk of atherosclerosis, diabetes, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cancer, premature births and miscarriages.

How to treat the infection?

To ensure healthy teeth and gums and to prevent gingivitis or 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 gurgled 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.


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.

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.

To maintain white and beautiful teeth have a look at 13 natural methods for teeth whitening:

13 Natural Methods for Teeth Whitening

26 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:

  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

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