As we discussed in last month’s blog, almost half of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth is a typical warning sign, and when you have gum disease, it's not just about your oral health. There's a growing body of evidence that it may be linked to a number of health conditions.
According to a recent article by Harvard Health, people with periodontal disease have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or another serious cardiovascular event. Additionally, there was a 2010 study linking periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cognitive function. According to the results, the risk of cognitive decline in men goes higher the more teeth are lost due to periodontal disease. Other conditions that have been linked to gum disease include cancer, erectile dysfunction, and reduced respiratory function.
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These holistic treatments may prevent the advancement of gingivitis by promoting the gentle removal of plaque and bacteria, starting with these all-natural mouthwash alternatives:
Saltwater has antiseptic qualities and can support the body to recover. Rinsing with salt water can alleviate inflamed gum brought about by gingivitis. Drink and swish the saltwater rinse around your mouth. Spit out and repeat, morning and evening!
Aloe Vera Mouthwash
A recent review article was published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene and stated that aloe vera was as successful as the active fixing in conventional mouthwash at treating gingivitis signs. Try using aloe vera juice as a mouthwash to combat gum disease.
This natural treatment for periodontal disease includes twirling oil around the mouth for as long as 30 minutes. It might diminish bacteria in the mouth and battle the development of plaque that causes the disease. You can start using oil pulling by adding two teaspoons of oil in your mouth, swishing it for 30 minutes, and letting it out. After that, drink a glass of water before cleaning your teeth.
The results of one 2015 study suggest that turmeric gel is able to effectively prevent plaque and gingivitis. This could be due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also antimicrobial and anti-fungal. It can help to heal bleeding and reddening of the gums. To apply, simply brush your teeth, apply the gel and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with water.
Flossing Bristles Brushes
As always, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to avoiding gingivitis and other dental problems. Doctor Plotka’s toothbrushes are designed with special flossing bristles and can easily reach places that other toothbrushes might miss. They are infused with silver to eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi from the bristles between uses. This can help you prevent and manage periodontal disease.