13 Effective Home Remedies for Gum Diseases

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Home remedies for gum diseases or periodontal diseases include regular oral hygiene, regular brushing, and flossing of the teeth, using clove and mint, using an antimicrobial mouthwash, massaging of the gums, and quitting smoking.

The primary objective of a person should be to control and reduce the infection that has already been caused. The treatment options would vary depending on the type and severity of the gum disease you are suffering from. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene and careful periodontal monitoring is very important when people notice changes in their mouth. Changes in lifestyle behaviors, such as smoking and chewing tobacco also become important to improve the results of simple home remedies.

Home Remedies for Gum Diseases

Some home remedies for gum diseases include the following:


According to NIDCR, brushing the teeth twice a day is suggested. It is more beneficial when there is fluoride content present in the toothpaste that you use. The suggested brushing time of teeth should be from 30 to 60 seconds. Ensure proper brushing of the gum line as well, since most of the plaque that can cause infections is present there. Also, use good toothpaste that reduces plaque and the development of gingivitis.


Flossing your teeth regularly may help in reducing gingivitis. By simply sliding the floss up and down between the teeth, you can reach those places that are difficult for a brush to reach, thereby removing the plaque.

Clean Your Tongue

Cleaning your tongue is as important as brushing your teeth! Plaque also gets deposited on your tongue, so proper scraping on the surface of the tongue is recommended after every meal. This will remove the excess bacteria and prevent them from forming plaque on the teeth. Use a good quality tongue cleaner and scrape from the back to the front of your tongue 5 to 10 times to ensure a clean, bacteria-free tongue.

Use Mouthwash

The use of antimicrobial mouthwash is beneficial in preventing and reducing gingivitis and plaque. Consider recommendations from your dentist before choosing a specific mouthwash.

Fruit Juices

Fruits and fruit juices are good for keeping the human body healthy. The consumption of fruit juices such as pineapples, oranges, and grapes has a positive impact on reducing plaque.


Cloves are excellent for gum health. Using cloves is an age-old and easy home remedy for any kind of dental problems. Clove oil, being an analgesic and having antiseptic properties, is highly effective in both relieving the pain caused by the gum disease and healing the infection at the same time.

Turmeric Powder

Michael Tierra, co-author of “The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs”, highlighted that turmeric contains strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it an effective and excellent medicine for gum problems. Being an antiseptic, turmeric reduces inflammation caused due to bacterial infections. Ayurvedic tooth powders can be made with turmeric, black pepper, salt, and alum.


Due to its germicidal properties, mint stops harmful bacteria from growing inside the mouth. It also helps to keep the teeth and tongue clean. Mint is used in almost all mouth fresheners.


Concentrated extract from neem or Azadirachta indica is known to be beneficial in both prevention and treatment of gum diseases. Neem twig is an all-around dental cleaning mechanism and it has been used in India for many centuries. Neem extracts possess antimicrobial properties that are perfect for dealing with oral bacteria.

Massage your Gums

Massaging your gums after brushing will help to increase blood circulation. An increased amount of circulation will strengthen the gums and prevent them from bleeding.


Regular Dental Checks

Visit your dentist at least twice a year. This will help in reducing dental problems in the long run. Regular checkups will also ensure the early detection of major problems and, in turn, early treatment can be ensured. Consider seeing a dentist regularly.

Quit Smoking

Smoking increases the severity of the infections caused by gum diseases. Consider quitting smoking for healthier teeth and gums.

Stop Chewing Tobacco

Chewing tobacco can also exacerbate infections and might worsen the condition of gum diseases. It can be an irritant and can cause gum cancer. Stop the use of tobacco if you are serious about having healthy gums.

These are a few of the remedies that can help you prevent gum diseases or give you relief from the pain caused by any bacterial gum infection. It is recommended that you consult a dentist in case the problem lasts for an extended amount of time, as well as to get an early diagnosis, which makes treatment easier. Finding a permanent solution for any problem should always be the first priority.

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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