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20 Natural Ways To Stop And Heal Gum Disease and Receding Gums Before It’s Too Late

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How to Get Rid of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue and it’s an extremely common disease that can lead to receding gums. Gingivitis is a real epidemic – about 95% of all adults suffer from periodontal disease of some degree during their lifetime. The source of the inflammation is bacteria that inhabit the oral cavity, infect the teeth (plaque), hardens and become tartar, so one of the best ways to prevent gingivitis is to get rid of the bacteria.

This article will discuss the symptoms of gingivitis, the risks of severe gingivitis, and the best home remedies to treat gingivitis.

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. Depending on where the gum inflammation occurs, it can also cause pain on one side of your throat or swelling of your cheek.


Chronic gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is more severe gingivitis that can lead to teeth loss and receding gums. Read on to find out how to naturally prevent and treat gingivitis to avoid teeth loss and receding gums.

Periodontitis is a Silent Killer that also Causes Receding Gums

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 (receding gums). 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 Gingivitis?

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 to Help Prevent Receding Gums

Saline solution

A simple remedy for gingivitis is using salt. Salt is not only a natural disinfectant, but it also removes any swelling from the tissues. 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.

Turmeric paste

Turmeric has a long history in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating many ailments. Turmeric contains curcumin, a key ingredient known for its antioxidant, anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

The Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine talks about the role of curcumin in oral health and suggests topical application of a paste made from 1 tsp of turmeric with ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of mustard oil to provide relief from gingivitis and periodontitis as well as pain and swelling.

It is recommended to rub your teeth and gums with this paste twice daily. You can also replace mustard oil with coconut oil or vitamin E oil – see more about them later on.

The above journal also mentions a study in which a turmeric mouth wash was used to effectively treat plaque and gingivitis. The turmeric mouthwash was prepared by dissolving 10 mg of curcumin extract in 100 ml of distilled water and 0.005% of flavoring agent peppermint oil.


A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and food chemistry on April 2013 suggests sage as a beneficial herb to treat gingivitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

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.

Another option is to brush your teeth using sage and sea salt tooth powder. This tooth powder is non abrasive, removes plaque, soothes the gums and freshen the breath without damaging the tooth enamel, so is suitable for all ages.

Recipe for sage and sea salt tooth powder

1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
3/4 cup sea salt


Mix the ingredients and bake in the oven on the lowest setting until the mixture dries out completely (beware not to burn it). This may take at least 20 minutes but check from time to time as it depends on the oven temperature. Grind to a fine powder in a spice or coffee grinder and then put in a sterilized jar with an airtight lid.

Use it as a normal toothpaste, and brush the teeth in the morning and night. This homemade tooth powder keeps very well in an airtight container. Use it until the sage aroma has gone.

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. The Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology published a study on its July 2013 issue in which it was concluded that aloe vera mouthwash can be used as an add-on therapy for treating plaque-induced gingivitis.

Another study published on March 2014 on Oral Health and Dental Management also indicated that aloe vera may prove to be an effective mouthwash owing to its ability in reducing periodontal indices. The results demonstrated a significant reduction of gingival bleeding and plaque indices as compared to placebo group.

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.

Raw honey

You can fight gingivitis with honey due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply a little bit of natural raw honey directly on the infection.

Especially it’s worth mentioning the strong anti-bacterial properties of Manuka honey. A study published on the Journal of The International Academy of Periodontology on April 2004 found that Manuka honey with antibacterial activity rated UMF 15 could be used to reduce dental plaque and gingival bleeding.


Garlic is known to have antibiotic effects due to its main medical component called allicin.

The journal of Medicinal Food published a study on its November 2001 issue that tested the antimicrobial activity of garlic allicin on oral pathogens associated with dental caries and periodontitis. Allicin was found effective against all the tested bacteria, and it was concluded that these results support the traditional medicinal use of garlic, and suggest the use of allicin for alleviating dental diseases.


Some references recommend crushing one or two cloves of garlic, wait few minutes for the allicin to form, and place them on the infected gums to treat gingivitis. However because neat garlic may burn the skin, it’s best to mix it with honey, olive/coconut oil or aloe vera to prevent further damage to the 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 to get rid of gingivitis.

Neem bark and its leaves have active ingredients that have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It strengthens the immune system and the body’s resistance to infections. You can add a few drops of neem oil to coconut or olive oil and apply it to the affected area.

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.

Oil pulling

The Ayurvedic method of oil pulling is a time-tested method for mouth cleanliness and is a wonderful way to maintain a clean mouth that is plaque-free and gingivitis-free. People who practice oil pulling absolutely swear by the great benefits oil pulling has done to their oral health, such as brightening their teeth, preventing white spots on teeth, treating bleeding gums and gingivitis.

Oil puling can reduce plaque and gingivitis – A 2009 study was conducted to compare oil pulling and chlorhexidine (a synthetic compound used as a mild antiseptic) in adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis. Both oil pulling and chlorhexidine mouthwash were effective against gingivitis.

You can find detailed information about oil pulling and how to do it in my previous article why you should start oil pulling today.

Clove / Tea tree essential oil

When you do the oil treatment above to fight gingivitis, 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.

You can also prepare a mouthwash by mixing a few drops of the oil in a cup of water. Make sure not to swallow the mouthwash.


If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-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 gingivitis 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.

Baking soda

According to a study, baking soda has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help reduce infections.

Since baking soda is alkaline, it neutralizes the acids in the mouth, thus reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Baking soda can also help to keep your mouth free of bacteria that can cause plaque and dental cavities. Apart from using baking soda as a teeth-whitening toothpaste, you can make a refreshing natural antibacterial mouthwash by mixing baking soda and water.

To make a mouthwash with baking soda, you should fill a cup with water and add 1/4 tsp. baking soda. Mix well until all the baking soda is dissolved. Swish the baking soda mouthwash around your mouth for 30-60 seconds to kill off plaque-causing bacteria. Spit out the mixture, then rinse your mouth with fresh water. Use this homemade mouthwash every time when you clean your teeth.

Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe

You can make a larger or smaller batch depending on how long you would like it to last and what size container you’re storing it in.

2 tablespoons unrefined virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons baking soda

Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a small container until it has a consistency of a paste. use it as a normal toothpaste, and brush the teeth in the morning and night.

Cashew Nuts

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

Supplements That Help to Treat Gingivitis

The June 2015 issue of the Journal of Periodontology mentions a study concluding that Lactobacillus reuteri-containing probiotic supplementation might be useful in patients with chronic periodontitis. There are other reasons to take probiotics.

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.

The Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology published a study on its October 2012 issue concluding the promising results that were obtained after application of Co-Q10 for treating plaque induced 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 stimulate 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 in circular motions 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. Make sure you are not making these common teeth brushing mistakes.

Visit dental hygienist

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

For more information on how to fight gum infection and tooth decay read my other posts:
1. Two Tablespoons of this Natural Ingredient Will Save Your Teeth and Remove Plaque
2. How to Remove Plaque the Natural Way
3. How to Heal Cavities and Tooth Decay Naturally
4. This Nut Can Eliminate Tooth Decay, Acne, Tuberculosis and Pneumonia

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77 Responses to 20 Natural Ways To Stop And Heal Gum Disease and Receding Gums Before It’s Too Late

  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.

        • Crystal says:

          baking powder and baking soda are not the same. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Baking powder has the acid built-in, where baking soda does not.

    • WillBoston says:

      Try Gum Remedy, an effective gum-infection-treatment mouth-rinse made from natural ingredients. It is proven to be very effective. You can buy it from Amazon or

  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.

    • Jack says:

      I once used Citroen fruit to clear an infection in the mouth cut it up put in a bottle with warm water give it a good shake then goggle a few times a day see what happens u never know it’s powerful stuff but make sure to brush teeth at the end of the day cause its acidic.

  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. Nukah Shaba Snr. says:

    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.

      • Carol Costa says:

        There are places that do senior discounts or clinics for free and most dentists do 0% financing.just had one pulled like that. You must go to dentist ASAP. I used garlic, coconut oil and aspirin on it in meantime.

  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!

  23. linda says:

    I too have receding gums on my front lower teeth very painful. The dentist prescribed me sf 5000 plus tooth paste i put it on at night and sometimes even use it to brush. I can’t get in to see my dentist till February. And where it is receding is the part of the bottom lip has a piece of skin connecting my lip to gum. Very painful i tried peroxide and omg excruciating pain. I’m going to try the aloe vera today and see if that helps. Good luck to everyone And Happy Holiday’s.

  24. Rok Sivante says:

    I recommend exercising caution when trying the garlic!

    I did it yesterday, and it ended up burning the inside of my mouth around the area I had it. Not sure yet if it helped the gums, but has made the surrounding area painful and very unpleasant!!!

    • Jenny says:

      I’ve added an extra precaution advising people to mix it with honey.

      • Rok Sivante says:

        I suppose you could also mix with aloe.

        I still recommend adding an extra note to be very careful and don’t keep the garlic in if it really starts burning. Maybe most people wouldn’t have kept in as long as I did, as I have a high pain tolerance and thought it would do the gums good the longer I kept it in – but it’s been 5 days now that I’ve been in very bad pain due to the burn, and it’s also extra dangerous having such an open wound. Ate some vegetables with pesticides the other day and it seeped in directly into the bloodstream – a far worse experience than the original gums one. Whether I’m a rare case or not, would surely be best to add an extra note to not hold garlic in if it starts to burn – as I really don’t wish this experience on anyone.

  25. Christopher says:

    I have swelling in my cheek due to bitting wrong whats the best thing for the swelling i used salt water i also have no insurance or money for the doctor what can i do?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Christopher, the swelling should be subsided with time. To help reduce the swelling and pain, you can try various home remedies such as what you did (salt water mouthwash), cold compresses, turmeric mixed with coconut oil/vitamin E oil, aloe vera, baking soda mouthwash, tea tree mouthwash or chamomile tea mouthwash.

  26. Karla says:

    I resently went to dentist because I can see I have 2 cavities due to medications. I’ve never ever had a cavity. But Dentist said I have gengivitus too. And some hard tartar. I am on blood thinners so dr won’t let dentist do anything to gums to make me bleed. What suggestions do you have for my situation? I’m looking at the baking soda paste.

    • Jenny says:

      Tartar is what happens when plaque goes untreated, and as it’s hardened, it is not removable except at a dentist’s office using specialized instruments. I’m not sure how long you are not allowed to do a tartar removal treatment at the dentist, but home remedies will not solve tartar buildup. For the meanwhile you can improve your oral health by using home remedies mentioned in my article about natural ways to remove plaque, especially those with baking soda and salt, coconut oil paste, oil pulling, aloe vera and hydrogen peroxide mouthwash. But, again, these cannot replace a tartar removal at the dentist.

  27. Yussif says:

    my last down molar on the right smells very bad when i pass my finger on it so when i talk my breath smells very bad and some of my teeth have startar on them i’ve had dental cleaning two times so far but the bad breath will vanish temporary and come back again i always feel so lonely as no one feels comfortable being closer to me plz any help i feel so bad and wish to stay home all the time without going out to my friends due to my bad breath plz hear me out

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Yussif, I’m not sure how often you go to the dentist to clean your teeth, but you need to do it at least once a year, and some cases require twice a year. To prevent plaque from forming have a look at my article about How to Remove Plaque the Natural Way. When plaque goes untreated it turns into tartar which is s a hard, mineral build-up that is not removable except at a dentist’s office using specialized instruments. This is why it’s important to take care of plaque before it turns into a tartar problem. Also bad breath is one of the potential symptoms of a tooth infection, which is probably what you have in the molar. If you’ve tried some of the suggestions in this article but to no avail, then your problem is more serious and isn’t something you can treat on your own. You’ll need to see your dentist to properly treat the infection, and thus get rid of the bad breath .

  28. Yussif says:

    thank you for your time am already on it preparing to have my next dental cleaning but the two i had was in 2013 and 2014.

  29. Yussif says:

    Hi ive had my 3rd cleaning just last week Tuesday all the tartar is gone now but the bad breath is still there, can’t it be like may be there are some diseases like diabetes etc in my case?

    • Jenny says:

      There are common causes for bad breath which I wrote about in my article 7 Ways to Treat Bad Breath Naturally. See if you can try and identify which one of them might be related to you, or ask your doctor to help you with that.

    • swalsk says:

      Hi there, I’m just coming across this article now, so I don’t know if my input is very valuable… I’m a dental hygiene student. I don’t know your circumstances, but, bad breath is actually caused by bacteria. Like the author says, regular dental cleanings will help reduce the build-up of tartar (which is just hardened bacteria). Do you brush and floss daily? Do you clean your tongue? (your tongue harbors bacteria too and is the cause for a lot of bad breath). Do you use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse? (normal mouth rinses are just breath-fresheners and don’t kill bacteria and they only treat bad breath temporarily). Do you smoke? Do you have gum disease? (If your bad breath emanates from that one tooth, that could be a sign of infection, caused by bacteria beneath the gums). There are so many reason’s as to why you might have bad breath. I’d recommend talking to your dental hygienist or dentist about what’s going on and they can help you solve it.

  30. kevin mazzarini says:

    Maybe you’ve answered this already but I’m confused here. When you say mustard oil are you referring to the essential oil or the vegetable oil? Wouldn’t a 1/2 teaspoon of any essential oil hurt someone?

    • Jenny says:

      The study didn’t say essential oil but mustard oil (for cooking). The best is organic cold pressed mustard oil. Since essential oils are very concentrated, using them neat (undiluted) can cause sensitivity to some people, even when used in small amounts.

  31. Ava says:

    TO ANYONE WHO HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS BUT DOES NOT HAVE MONEY: Find a dental school! You can get free care or discounted care there. Also check charities! Samaritians Purse is a good one that offers dental care. A good church should help you too! There are options. Dont stay in pain!

  32. Ashish says:

    Hi There… The Gums of the front lower jaw has receded with one of the incisors being quite visible… Is there any possible way out for this in order to bring back the receding or receded gums…Please help

    • Jenny says:

      It depends how severe your gingivitis is. Gingivitis at the starting phase is easier to treat whereas if it’s already in progressive stage you would be better talking to your dentist.

  33. Imran says:

    Very useful post …..i really liked that☺

  34. Amanda says:

    I need to know something , is baking soda the same as bicarbonate soda

  35. Joseph Dormer says:

    I would to try aloe vera gel on my teeth and gums. However, I learn that some processing techniques destroy or at least greatly reduce its effectiveness. So I’m looking for just a pure gel as obtained straight from the plant or, if it has been processed, a guarantee that it has been processed in such a way as not to compromise its effectiveness – obviously, otherwise there’s no point in using it. Also, I’m not particularly keen on gels mixed with a load of chemical additives. So can I get pure gel, just gel that has not been messed with or chemically adulterated? I spent all last evening searching online and finally had to admit defeat.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Joseph, I had the same problem. since fresh aloe vera is perishable relatively quickly, commercial gels contain some sort of preservatives. The best thing to do is to use fresh aloe vera straight from the plant, but that may not be convenient for many people. When buying commercial aloe vera gel, the rule is to try and find the highest amount of aloe vera (usually 97-98%) with the least amount of additives. It’s also a good idea to search more information about names of additives to see what stands behind the name (for example names of artificial coloring). I’ve found in Amazon aloe vera that contains more than 99% aloe vera, it contains a few preservatives that are commonly used in the food industry such as Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid and thickening agent (Xanthan). Here is the link – Click HERE.

  36. Emi says:

    Greetings.Please am really interested about your tips on having a healthy teeth and gums.
    My problem is that of receding gum.Can it be reversed back to its normal shape?Any solution??

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Emi, it depends to what extent the receding gums are. Severe cases may not be reversed back, and therefore it’s so important to treat gingivitis on the first signs. Easier cases can be treated with home remedies such as mentioned in the article, but more advanced cases need a professional treatment of a dentist. In any case, an annual check by your dentist can prevent a lot of troubles to your teeth.

  37. Tonya says:

    I was born sick so I don’t have a immune system to fight off bacteria!! I got up on Thursday morning with my right side of my gums VERY VERY SORE AND there was 2 balls, for the past 7 years I have been to 30+doctors/hospitals/ dentist / periodontist.. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!! No one can help me I have purple lips and my gums not just in one spot but ALL OVER ARE WHITE, and are swollen!! I have lived with this for 7+ years because no one can help everyone will say it’s the Fanconi I was born with.. BUT IM IN SO MUCH PAIN ON MY RIGHT SIDE I DON’T EVEN WANT TO BE HERE, I wish god would set me free of pain, it’s now that I have 4 pea size balls 1 underneath my tongue and the other ones are in the bottom behind my teeth in the front I just went out and got Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and they once again have me on amoxicillin ! I have lived off of numbing medicine such as ladicane it’s not touching the pain! They put me on The lauded ITS NOT TOUCHING IT!! Can someone PLEASE tell me will the Olive Oil Help, I’m afraid to use it because I can’t talk and I did so it stretched the not now I have a cut in between them and I don’t want it to burn even more !! PLEASE GOD BLESS SOMEONE MY WAY AND LET ME KNOW I WILL BE OK TO USE THIS! Thank you all, at this point Prayers please because I can’t talk so no way of eating or drinking anything but once again no one (can not help)

  38. krystofv tryvouwnski says:

    hi im a smoker and removed my wisdom Friday started smoking Saturday noon as i was feeling ok, but on Wednesday i woke up with a red sore gum twice the pain of a toothache, i cannot even swallow food my whole dental is sore now constant headache and painful neck it like the inflammation has extended down to my throat i cannot swallow with pain as well

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