Today, I am sharing with you a bunch of natural remedies for gum infections that have been a HUGE help to me personally over the years.
Over the years, I've had different issues with my teeth. My parents had horrible teeth — so it's been an uphill battle for me, made worse, apparently, by “primitive” orthodontia work in my youth. The traditional “four on the floor” orthodontia where the orthodontist pulls 4 teeth in order to make room for other teeth.
These days, the way to deal with that is to expand the jaws, leading to an expanded airway and better breathing, etc. So glad we had this option for my sons, but I so wish my orthodontist had done it for me.
In any case, I have what I have and I need to deal with it.
Overall, my teeth are doing quite well, considering, but on and off I have issues with a few gum pockets that I need to deal with.
The pocket gets inflamed and I need to address it before they progress to anything more problematic, and over the years, a few times, I have had what I think is a gum infection.
I'm so thankful that I have found a way to deal with them naturally, without getting antibiotics or going in to the dentist's office.
Saves me money (a lot!), saves my gut health (taking antibiotics is always something I try to avoid unless absolutely necessary, due to their negative effects on gut health and conditions such as candida), and it helps keep my immune system stronger.
Causes of Gum Infections
While there are many reasons that one might get a gum infection, the most common one is likely getting debris or bacteria, or plaque or calculus caught under the gum line. When you have gum pockets that are deeper, it's harder to clean under there, even with floss, so inflammation is more likely.
So the way to after the problem is to address the inflammation under the gum line, whether using something under the gum or something internal.
How to Avoid Gum Infections
Of course, though it's nice to have natural remedies for gum infections around, avoiding getting gum infections in the first place is the best way to go. And the way to do that is primarily to have a healthy mouth.
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If you want to dig deeper into having a healthy mouth, this Free 5 Steps to a Healthy Mouth from Orawellness is a great place to start.
Prevent Gum Infections:
Of course, the best way to deal with a gum infection is to not get one in the first place! Here are some things to consider.
Oil pulling is a GREAT way to have better oral hygiene. The oil attaches to the biofilm in the mouth as you do the swishing action, helping to remove the offensive bacteria before it can do its damage.
My personal oil pulling experiment validated that it works!
I added this Oral Probiotic to my routine and I think it's a great way to keep your mouth populated with the “good guys” to keep the “bad guys” at bay:
Sooo much is related to having healthy bacteria. Not just in the gut, but in the mouth as well!
Wheatgrass for Gum Health
Wheatgrass is an amazing food that I am just beginning to learn about and frankly, I'm amazed. There are so many benefits locked in this nutritional powerhouse.
Wheatgrass is loaded with chlorophyll, which has antibacterial qualities (source). Swishing daily with wheatgrass is a possible great way to boost your dental health and I have read several anecdotes about how wheatgrass has helped others deal with gum issues. Bonus–you can drink it when you're done swishing.
Side note – I really should add wheatgrass in as one of the following gum infection remedies since I think it would work very well. I just haven't tried it myself, but I have used it as an ear infection remedy and it worked!
Be sure to get a pure organic wheatgrass. Our family loves Purium's Kamut Blend (Kamut is an ancient wheat)–it's helped our son with his acid stomach that causes burping into his throat. In fact, it's the best remedy he's tried thus far. You can see the Kamut Blend here (there's a smaller container here). Code wholenewmom get you the greater of $50 or 25% off your first $75+ order plus 15 – 25% off future orders. There are loads of other great products that have helped our family including CBD oil, zeolite (see this post on heavy metal toxicity, Biome Medic (see this post for more info) and more.
One other thing I have my eye on is this Tooth and Gum Tonic. My homeopath recommended it to me so I will be trying it out and will share what I think later.
5 Natural Remedies for Gum Infections
Here are the natural remedies for gum infections that I have used that have worked for me. I hope that these remedies in your natural medicine cabinet are a help for you and yours.
Dental syringe (like this one or this one)
Water (use filtered water, please)
Natural Salt (I use RealSalt but this sea salt is a great choice as well)
H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide)
Helichrysum oil (See this series about my choice for “best” essential oils
Vitamin C (I use sodium ascorbate for availability)
Oregano oil (optional)
Note about essential oils
Yes, just like everything else you can get the oils on Amazon as well and here are the links.
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Remedy 1 – Gum irrigation
- Heat a small amount of water until warm.
- Add a small amount of salt to the water – just enough so the water is super saturated with the salt (when no more salt can dissolve. If you have extra in there, it's fine.)
- Add some peroxide to the salt water solution, making sure that no more than 50% of the final solution is peroxide.
- Occasionally, I will make a larger amount with a drop of essential oil in the mix, but if you do decide to try this, be very very careful with it. The oil, depending on what you choose, can burn. I have found it to be very helpful when I have a stubborn spot, however. I personally used oregano oil with success.
- Using a gum irrigation tool, pull some of the solution into the syringe and deliver to the affected area under the gums. I originally purchased and used the Orawellness product and it worked great. I have some tighter pockets now that I find the other tools works better for when I need to access them.NOTE! Make sure to rinse the irrigation tool well after using. If using a tool with a metal tip, rinse with clean water and also take some water up into the syringe and squirt it out. If using a plastic syringe, I was told to rinse with more H2O2, but please follow manufacturer's directions.
Remedy 2 – Helichrysum Oil
Helichrysum is the essential oil most touted for its healing capabilities. It's pricey, but since you most likely will only use it on occasion, it's well worth having around the house.
- Just before bed, apply diluted helichrysum oil to affected gums.
Remedy #3 – Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay is known for it's ability to heal and remove toxins.
- Just before bed, apply a small amount of bentonite clay to affected gum.
- Rinse and spit in the morning to avoid ingesting the clay as it is best to not take it within at least 30 min to 1 hour of eating / taking supplements.
Remedy #4 – Activated Charcoal
- Just before retiring for the evening, apply a small amount of activated charcoal to affected gums.
- Rinse and spit in the morning to avoid ingesting the charcoal as it is best to not take it within at least 30 min to 1 hour of eating / taking supplements.
Note: Charcoal is very dark and messy – but typically it doesn't stain. Still, take care when using so you don't end up with a huge mess!
Remedy #4 – Megadoses of Vitamin C
Once when I had a stubborn gum issue that wouldn't budge, I read about the success that megadoses of vitamin C can have on gum issues. I took 8,000 mg per day for about 2 days and amazingly, my gum was healed.
There are other forms of vitamin C that can work–ascorbic acid is one, and natural forms like camu camu or amla are other options. There are some people who think that ascorbic acid isn't the best to use long term so that's one reason I don't choose that as my favorite to have around the house.
This is a very interesting form of vitamin C that I just came across recently–it's made from tapioca.
1. Take a total of 8,000 mg of vitamin C split up into at least 3 doses throughout the day. You can take more or less to bowel tolerance (that means, when you get the runs, you've taken too much!)
How I Treated My Gum Infection
I have used each of the above methods either alone, or together with the other treatments.
Most recently, I had an issue that seemed particularly stubborn, so I threw everything at it. Here's how I did this.
After irrigating the gums, I do the following:
- Apply helichrysum oil (diluted 1:1 with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil) on the problematic gums
- Pack some bentonite clay on the area
- Pack some activated charcoal on the area
- Take extra vitamin C throughout the day
- Did Coconut Oil Pulling on a daily basis
I have had these natural gum infection remedies work time and time again for me.