Fighting Gum Disease Naturally

Fighting Gum Disease NaturallyGum disease is an infection that affects the gums, teeth, and supporting tissue and jawbone. Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth. Plaque develops when microscopic food particles combine with saliva and produce a sticky substance that adheres to teeth and feeds bacteria. Plaque that is not effectively cleaned from teeth develops into tartar, a hard deposit that can only be removed by dental treatment.

If you notice signs of gum disease, including redness and swelling, bleeding during flossing or brushing, bad breath, a receding gum line, or loose teeth, it is important that you visit our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist for an assessment an d treatment. Home remedies may help soothe your irritated gums and begin the healing process, but only a dentist can remove the tartar buildup on your teeth.

Your first step in combating gum disease should be maintaining excellent oral hygiene by brushing teeth with a soft-bristled brush twice daily and flossing daily to remove gum-irritating plaque. Reducing the number of the bacteria that contribute to gum disease can be accomplished with tea tree oil, a natural antibacterial, antibiotic product available in topical gel form.

Supplements of vitamins C and D can help repair damaged tissue, strengthen bones, and combat inflammation. Coenzyme Q-10 supplements or dental products can help gum tissue heal. Aloe Vera gel can be massaged directly onto the gums twice daily to speed healing.

Natural remedies for gum disease can promote healing, but they should not replace dental treatment. Our Los Angeles dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth and determine an appropriate treatment plan to help heal your gums and prevent unnecessary tooth loss.

Source: Los Angeles Dentist

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