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Home Remedies for Periodontitis

Home Remedies for Periodontitis

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is one of many gum diseases; however, it is considered the most severe one as the soft tissues as well as the bones around your teeth can get damages and destroyed[1][2][3]. As a consequence, you might lose tooth or worse having heart attacks as well as other problems with health.

Even though, it is serious, it still can be prevented as it is the consequence of poorly maintaining oral hygiene.

What causes Periodontitis?

Plague is the main major cause for periodontitis[4]. Plague usually forms when leftover foods come in contact with bacteria inside your mouth. Flossing and brushing can help decrease plague but can only be with 24 hours before plague appears again.

Plague can turn into tartar if they last longer than 2 3 days inside your mouth. Tartar can also be formed from saliva’s minerals. Tartar is the reason why plague is hard to remove; also it can become a reservoir which bacteria can nest in there. Tartar will require professional dental procedure to remove.

The damage will increase along the time which plague and tartar remain inside your mouth. At first, the gingiva which is the gum surround the teeth will be inflamed and irritated. This is called gingivitis.

As time goes on, pockets will appear in between the gums, trapping bacteria as well as tartar and plague. The endotoxin which is the byproduct of bacteria will be released. Along the time, more bacteria will accumulate in those pockets and deepen them. Thus your bone and tissue under the gum will be infected severely and can lead to the loss of teeth.


There are various symptoms accompanied periodontitis such as:

  • Swollen with purplish or bright red gums
  • Tender feel of the gums when touched
  • The teeth look longer than usual due to the pull away of gums
  • Teeth have more space between them
  • Pus appears between the gums and teeth
  • Foul-smell breath with bad taste
  • Feeling changes in position of teeth or loose teeth when biting

Periodontitis has many types and classes with the most common one. Adults are often prone to this disease; however, children can also get this as well. The aggressive periodontitis can start since childhood or early stage of adulthood but it only appears on few people.

Here are the top 15 effective home remedies for periodontitis which you can apply from home easily in order to help you cure this disease as well as maintain a healthy gums and teeth…

1. Salt

The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of salt can effectively eliminate bacteria as well as alleviate pain and inflammation[5][6].

Salt - Home Remedies for Periodontitis

How to use:

  • Take 2 teaspoon of salt into some warm water. Use this solution to swish inside your mouth for a minute and spit out. Perform 2 to 3 times per day.
  • Another option is making a paste from mustard oil and salt. Directly apply this paste onto the gums after brushing teeth. After about 5 minutes, cleanse using warm water. Perform every morning.

For more information about the benefits and applications of salt, please read: Home Remedies for Blisters on Tongue and Get Stronger Teeth and Gums.

2. Oil Pulling

This remedy is proven to be extremely effective in decreasing the amount of bacteria which will stop plague from building up. Furthermore, it can improve the strength of your gums and oral health as a whole[7][8].

Oil Pulling - Home Remedies for Periodontitis

How to use:

  • Take a mouthful of coconut or sesame oil to swish inside your mouth for at least 15 minutes.
  • Spit the oil out and cleanse your mouth using warm water.
  • Perform on a daily basis before brushing teeth.

Note: Avoid swallow or even gargle the oil.

3. Turmeric

The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties found in the curcumin compound can easily eliminate the bacteria and alleviate the inflammation as well as pain[9].

Turmeric - Home Remedies for Periodontitis

How to use:

  • Take some turmeric powder and a brush with soft bristle to brush the teeth. Perform 2 times per day for couples of week.
  • Another option is making a paste from turmeric powder with some vitamin E oil or water. Directly apply the paste onto the gums before sleeping. Cleanse using warm water after waking up. Perform once per day for couples of week.

Turmeric is not only a popular household item but also an excellent home remedy for many problems. You can find out more at: Home Remedies for Vaginitis and Get Rid of a Stiff Neck.

4. Guava

Rich with vitamin C and considered as anti-plague agent, guava can efficiently eliminate plague. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory can significantly alleviate pain as well as swelling of the gums[10][11].

Guava - Home Remedies for Periodontitis

How to use:

  • Have some guava leaves washed thoroughly and chewed. After a while, spit the leaves out. Perform regularly in order to prevent bleeding as well as pus for the gums.
  • Take an unripe guava and cut into 4 pieces. Have some salt sprinkled on before chewing them. Perform this to remove plague and improve the strength of the teeth and gums.

5. Indian Lilac

The antibacterial property of neem can also eliminate bacteria effectively. Moreover, it can improve your breath as well as the strength of the teeth and gums[12].

How to use:

  • Extract juice from some neem leaves. Directly apply the juice onto the teeth and gums. After 5 minutes, cleanse using warm water. Perform 1 to 2 times per day.
  • Another option is taking a soft twig of neem to brush teeth and gums for twice per day.

6. Hydrogen Peroxide

The antibacterial property found in this substance can eliminate germs which cause gum diseases as well as help whiten the teeth. Only the 3% hydrogen peroxide is recommended.

How to use:

  • Take equal amount of hydrogen peroxide and water and mix. Use this mixture to cleanse your mouth.
  • Another option is making a paste from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Apply this paste onto the gums using the finger. After a while, spit it out and cleanse thoroughly.
  • Perform 2 to 3 times per week and avoid applying daily.

7. Holy Basil

The antibacterial property of basil can significantly decrease the negative effects of bacteria as well as stop bleeding of gums. Furthermore, it can even reduce the chance of getting toothache, pain or pus for gums and teeth[13].

How to use:

  • Make a paste from powder of dried basil leaves with some mustard oil. Apply this paste onto the gums and teeth and take a toothbrush with soft bristle to brush the teeth. Perform 2 times per day for couples of week.
  • Consume basil tea couples of time per day or use the tea to cleanse your mouth for efficient prevention.

Basil is a very useful herb for cooking as well as treating ailments as a home remedy. For more information about its applications, please read: Home Remedies for Staph Infection and Balance Hormone Levels Naturally.

8. Cayenne Pepper

The anti-inflammatory property of cayenne pepper can effectively help you alleviate the swelling gums and the capsaicin also excellent at reducing pain[14].

Cayenne Pepper - Home Remedies for Periodontitis

How to use:

  • Drop some tincture of cayenne pepper on a toothbrush with soft bristle.
  • Brush the teeth for couples of minute.
  • Cleanse your mouth using water.
  • Perform once per day for pain reliever.

Note: It is recommended to perform oil pulling after apply this remedy for decreasing the burning or stinging sensation.

9. Tea Tree Oil

The antiseptic and antibacterial properties from this oil can efficiently fight against microorganisms. Also it is excellent at stopping bleeding and reducing gingival inflammation[15][16]. Other issues such as herpes or oral thrush can also be treated with this remedy.

How to use:

  • Use a toothbrush to apply the gel made from tea tree oil for twice per day in couples of week.
  • Another option is drop a bit of oil onto the toothpaste before brushing twice per day.

Note: Avoid swallowing the oil.

10. Black Pepper

The medicinal property of black pepper is proven to be excellent in eliminating tartar and plague on the gums and teeth as well as improving the strength of gums.

How to use:

Make a mixture from powder of black pepper and salt. Massage gums using this mixture for 2 to 3 times per day.

Take 2 teaspoons crushed seeds of pomegranate, half a teaspoon powder of black pepper with a teaspoon of salt and mix together. Apply the mixture onto the gums and massage for couples of minute. After that, cleanse using warm water. Perform once per day.

11. Honey

Honey - Home Remedies for Periodontitis

The antibacterial property of honey is effective at eliminating bacteria which cause infections for the gums[17]. On the other hand, the antiseptic property is excellent at improving the healing process. You can apply some honey onto the gums after brushing in order to improve the conditions of periodontitis.

12. Aloe Vera

You can apply the gel from Aloe Vera leaves direct onto the gums in order to reduce inflammation as well as encourage a quick healing[18]. The gel should be 100% natural for it to have the maximum effect.

13. Lemon

Rich of multi-vitamin, lemon is excellent at treating gums diseases through eliminating tartar and plague as well as bacteria. Furthermore, bleeding and swelling can also be stopped by lemon.

How to use:

  • Directly apply lemon onto the gums and teeth.
  • Make a paste from salt and lemon juice. Directly apply the paste onto the gums.

14. Papaya

It is considered the most effective fruit for treating periodontitis as well as toothache and bleeding gums due to its richness of vitamin C[19]. However, the ripen papaya will contain much less vitamin C and it will keep on losing.

How to use:

  • Take the papaya pulp and smash it. Directly apply the paste onto the gums.
  • Take some raw papaya to chew in order to stop bleeding and reduce swelling.

15. Cinnamon

Besides eliminating bacteria effectively, cinnamon can also control pus through cleansing the mouth and remove leftover of foods.

Cinnamon - Home Remedies for Periodontitis

How to use:

  • Take some barks of cinnamon and crush them. Put in some water to make a paste and apply directly onto the gums.
  • Take some powder of cinnamon with some tea tree oil and apply directly onto the gums.

Extra Tips:

  • Mix the juice of carrot and spinach together and consume once per day to maintain strong oral health.
  • Consume more vitamin-C-rich foods.
  • Keep out of foods made from refined grains or sugar.
  • Use some crunchy fruits and vegetables as munching snacks such as cucumber, apple, guava, radish…
  • It is recommended to use dental floss instead of toothpick.
  • Remember to brush teeth before bed.
  • Remember to gargle well after meals for leftover-foods removal.
  • Remember to go for dental check-up regularly.

*Disclaim: The effectiveness from applying these natural tips will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.

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