Gingivitis Home Remedies that Work

Gingivitis: Home Remedies that Work! 

Oral health tells a lot about your overall health. The pursuit of the so-called ‘perfect-smile’ seems to be gaining immense popularity. Several companies are coming up with DIY orthodontic kits and treatments that can be done at home. In contrast, a considerable number of YouTubers and bloggers are posting about DIY home remedies. So, the big question is: Which treatments work?

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the inflammation of gums or gingiva because of plaque or bacteria accumulated on teeth. It is a non-destructive periodontal disease, but it may progress to periodontitis or gum disease in certain cases.

Clinical Treatment

Gingivitis can be easily treated by checking for symptoms like plaque and tartar in the oral cavity. Following your dentist’s instruction and a good oral care routine is all it takes.

DIY Remedies

Most people prefer trying home remedies as they are cheaper yet effective. Home remedies work best when started at an early stage. For instance, plaque can be treated before it becomes tartar, and for that, you should increase the frequency or duration of brushing.

If you are going for a home remedy, always use quality products and keep them refrigerated.

Here is a curated list of home remedies that work and can help prevent gingivitis!

First Line of Treatment

The first line of treatment is ‘good oral healthcare.’ Take good care of your teeth and brush regularly.

Go for an electric toothbrush for maximum cleaning potential and always use a soft-bristled brush. Use a natural mouth wash and floss daily. If you are already taking the necessary steps, avoid taking too much sugar and refrain from chewing tobacco or smoking.

Visit your dentist twice a year!

Salt Water Treatment

The saltwater treatment results have proved to be useful for the treatment of gingivitis and can help with inflammation. Salt is a natural disinfectant, and it helps your body heal naturally. It may also help with:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Pain
  • Reduce bacteria and food particles
  • Relieve bad breath

The standard procedure is to use ½ to ¾ teaspoon of salt in a glass of water (Lukewarm) and swish the solution in your mouth for at least 30 seconds and then spit out.

Do this twice or thrice a day.

Oil-Based Mouthwash

Tea tree oil, aloe vera, and guava leaf mouth wash are useful in this treatment. The procedure remains the same for this mouthwash.

Add a few drops of tea tree oil or swish aloe vera juice in your mouth for around 30 seconds and then spit. If you’re allergic to any of the plants, don’t go for it!

Turmeric Gel

Turmeric and Curcuma gel are also an effective treatment. For this, brush your teeth and rinse thoroughly. Then, apply the gel to your gums and let it sit for ten minutes—swish water around your mouth to collect the gel and spit out.

Repeat this two times a day!

Keep in mind that saltwater rinse may have adverse effects on the enamel used continuously for longer. If your symptoms are severe and none of the home remedies work, visiting your dentist might the only option for you.

If you have any questions about your dental health, Snow Family Dentistry offers a wide range of solutions and consultations. For us, your smile matters!

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Nicotine Pouches and Oral Health

Nicotine Pouches and Oral Health: All You Need To Know! 

Tobacco contributes significantly to the development and progression of periodontal issues, and it is associated with oral health issues like increased pocket depths, alveolar bone, and tooth loss. According to the available literature and research, nicotine affects gingival blood flow and immune cell functions. These are all possible mechanisms responsible for the overall effects on periodontal tissues.

Oral Health Issues

Smoking and periodontal issues are related, and this has been studied extensively over the past few years. Recently, we have seen a rise in smokeless tobacco products and hence, perceived as harmless. This has made many people switch from their cigarette brands as it is a more convenient and harmless alternative. However, that is not true. There might be no smoke, but it does contain nicotine, which is the central ingredient and the user experiences;

  • Bad breath
  • Teeth discoloration
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • High metabolic rates
  • Greater risk of developing cavities

And just like cigarettes, nicotine pouches or smokeless tobacco can lead to oral cancer and other health complications.

If you are a user, it is crucial to understand that tobacco dependence is nicotine addiction, and it may be physical, psychological, or behavioral. It takes a few tries before you quit the cold turkey successfully, but switching to alternate tobacco habits does little good!

Mouth and Teeth Complications

Using nicotine pouches regularly increases the risk of leukoplakia in the mouth. They are grey-white patches and appear where the user places their chew, dip, or pouch. Unfortunately, these patches are irreversible. They are painless and pose no complications, but regular use may result in severe gum disease, oral cancer, or leukoplakia.

The users also experience receding gum lines, bad breath, destroyed gum tissues along with tooth decay and cavities. The shrinking gums expose the root of the tooth, which may result in tooth loss.

Several manufacturers claim that their smokeless tobacco product can help people quit smoking, and many people buy their product following this belief. There is no proof of this, and there has been very little thorough research in this area. Even if this is true, the damage to your oral and overall health remains the same.

In summary, anyone who uses nicotine is likely to experience gum recession, resulting in the progression of other severe oral health issues. It is related to the dose of nicotine and the duration of exposure. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is time to switch to a low-nicotine product and work your way towards quitting the habit!

If you have any questions about your dental health, Snow Family Dentistry offers a wide range of solutions and consultations. For us, your smile matters!

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Teeth Alignment

Teeth Alignment: How does it Work? 

Modern orthodontics have several options for crooked teeth, and it is essential to be aware of all the choices you have before you pursue your treatment.

What are Aligners?

Aligners are also known as invisible braces, and they work by slowly pushing the teeth into their ideal position. The teeth alignment is done by wearing a series of aligners, each for two weeks at a time. They can push your teeth by 0.3mm per aligner, and since they are transparent, you don’t have to worry about the aesthetics or be socially conscious about appearing in public.
You might be wondering about the difference between ‘braces’ and ‘aligners.’ Well, braces apply a ‘pull force’ which gradually shift teeth into its place, whereas aligners use a ‘push force’ to rotate your teeth, and each aligner makes a smooth, mild rotation, which is why it is preferable for adults. There is no bleeding or pain associated with aligners, making it the most gentle and safest method for you to have straight teeth.
Recently, there has been a growing interest in health and well-being, making more people take their health seriously. Traditional braces have been tried and tested, but they come with a hefty price. People who didn’t have enough resources at a younger age often wonder if there is any solution at this point. The good thing is that clear aligner such as Invisalign are a promising option for people aged 18 and above!
Yes, there are specific pros and cons, and the more complex a case is, the longer it will take.

Health Benefits and Improved Self-Esteem

Our appearance plays a significant part in how we feel about ourselves, and having nice straight teeth is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is also healthier. Widely spaced teeth can result in red and inflamed gums, whereas crooked or misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean, resulting in plaque buildup and tooth decay.

What Are My Options?

For adults, there are several options present today. Here are some of them:

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are sometimes covered by dental insurance, and they work by using metal brackets, wires, and elastic bands to move the teeth into an ideal position. This practice has slightly changed over the years to counter the negative connotations; however, they are useful in solving orthodontic issues.

Self- Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are quite similar to traditional braces, and they utilize a sliding device that holds the wire instead of the elastic band. They are permanent on teeth and can only be removed by a professional.

Lingual Braces

They are less visible than traditional braces because the brackets are attached at the back of the teeth. Not many orthodontists offer them, but it all depends on the complexity and severity of the case.

Clear Aligners: Invisalign and SureSmile

Invisalign are custom made series of clear aligners that are per your treatment plan. The tray are created from a smooth plastic that fits your teeth, and with time, they help teeth shift into the required position.
SureSmile, on the other hand, is a more modern treatment utilizing 3D modeling of your mouth. It helps the orthodontist identify the right tooth position for precise bite adjustment in a shorter time than traditional braces.
With all these options available, you can finally get the perfect teeth!
Snow Family Dentistry offers a wide range of solutions and consultations because your smile matters!

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Oral Health Cavities

Oral Health: Can I Get Rid of Cavities at Home? 

A Cavity!

No one ever wants to hear this diagnosis, yet many people have cavities, adults, and children alike.
Cavities are the tiny openings or holes that develop as a result of tooth decay. There are three types of cavities:

  • Smooth surface cavities develop on the sides of the teeth.
  • Root cavities occur on the surface over the roots of the teeth.
  • Fissure or pit cavities are the ones on the chewing surface of the teeth.

Cavities aren’t deadly, but they do ruin the teeth’ aesthetics, and the treatment itself is quite pricey.
Spending an afternoon in the dentist’s chair isn’t the most pleasant experience either, so it is only natural to wonder if there are alternate ways to get rid of cavities.

Is there a way to get rid of cavities?

It has to be the most frequently asked question.
Cavities start with tooth decay, and with time, it gets worse. The pre-cavity phase can be stopped from getting worse at best; however, a full-blown cavity needs medical attention.
Instead of just filling a pre-cavity, dentists aim to re-mineralize the teeth and restore the enamel that’s  been eaten away by the acid. The process can be straightforward and regular flossing, and fluoride-based toothpaste can go a long way.
In the case of surface-level cavities, a fluoride-releasing sealant can be applied. It prevents further decay and aids healing at the same time.
In addition to this, there a few home-based remedies that might help!
Based on a study from the 1930s, cavities are caused by vitamin D deficiency. Children and adults who added vitamin D to their diets witnessed a reduction in their cavities. For best results, the people at the time would remove grains and add vitamin D because grains stick to the teeth, leaving harmful bacteria behind.

Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing on sugar-free gum is excellent for your teeth. Clinical results have proven that sugar-free gum re-mineralizes the enamel, so popping a gum after a meal is healthy. When buying a pack, look for gum with xylitol because it stimulates the flow of saliva and raises the pH level of plaque.
They are readily available in stores!

Oil Pulling

It is an ancient method that is said to remove toxins from the mouth. This method reduces plaque, gingivitis, and other harmful bacteria residing in your mouth.
You can use sesame oil or coconut oil for this purpose and hold in your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out.

Licorice Root

The licorice root can effectively combat bacteria that are responsible for dental cavities. However, several pilot studies are in the process of confirming its benefits and long-term usage.

Visit a Dentist

It is always better to get a consultation from your dentist for the best advice. Once you know how severe your cavities are, you can proceed with any treatment you prefer.
If you have any questions about your dental health, Snow Family Dentistry offers a wide range of solutions and consultations. For us, your smile matters!

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