Did a recent trip to the dentist inform you that you now have gum disease? Hearing this news may motivate you to start taking steps that will get those gums healthy once again. Here are seven ways you can fight gum disease:


1. Rinsing With Salt Water

Using salt water is a simple treatment method that works on several levels. Not only can salt water help with inflammation in the gums, but it can remove bacteria as well. It works by creating an environment in your mouth that bacteria have difficulty surviving in.


Making your own salt water rinse is as simple as mixing together ½ a teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of warm water. Regularly swish the salt water around your mouth and you should start noticing healthier gums.


2. Brushing with Baking Soda

Another household product that can help with gum disease is baking soda. Baking soda works because of its ability to prevent plaque from forming in your mouth, which is a common cause of gum disease.


You have the option of purchasing a baking soda with toothpaste in it or creating a homemade paste on your own. To create a paste just apply some baking soda to your toothbrush and run it under water, then brush like normal. This technique helps remove acids in the mouth, and you'll have healthier gums because of it.


3. Rinsing With Mouthwash Regularly

Your gums can use protection throughout the day, which is where rinsing with mouthwash can come in handy. Mouthwash is capable of providing protection well after you rinse with it, giving you protection for the next 12 hours.


The mouthwash helps kill any new bacteria from forming in your mouth, which helps ease the symptoms associated with gum disease. In addition, mouthwash helps give you fresh breath because it is killing off the same bacteria in your gums that cause bad breath.


4. Drinking Green Tea

Green tea can be more than just a refreshing beverage since it is capable of fighting bacterial infections and inflammation. All you need to do is have a cup of green tea each day to start seeing the benefits.


A 2009 study found that people who drink green tea saw improvements in several key areas that people with gum disease suffer from. You'll mainly see reduced bleeding of your gum tissue.


5. Oil Pulling

The act of swishing oil around in your mouth is known as oil pulling, and it is another effective way to treat gum disease at home. The process works by swishing a tablespoon of organic oil for about 20 minutes. The oil helps remove toxins from your gums while it is being swished around, and then you spit out those toxins when you spit out the oil.


Oil pulling can also help with tooth decay, bleeding, bad breath, and cavities. It is worth trying if you are suffering from any of these other problems.


6. Brushing and Flossing

It is more important than ever that you keep up with brushing and flossing regularly. This part of your daily routine helps keep plaque away from your gums that can cause complications with your gum disease. Be sure not to forget about brushing and flossing if you are using other techniques.


7. Eating Healthy

While there are many steps you can take to remove plaque buildup from your teeth, you can also take steps to prevent the plaque from getting on your teeth. Drinking water instead of juice or soda and eating abrasive vegetables that clean your teeth can make a difference in oral health. Eating healthy and avoiding sugary foods will also help prevent tooth decay.


Meet with a dentist at Family Dental Practice for more information about treating gum disease.