Diet Tips and Herbal Mouthwash Recipes for Gum Disease
- Dental problems and gum disease can be avoided by healthy eating and good oral hygiene. Eat plentiful daily amount of citrus fruits and all other fresh product, as vitamin C is one of the most important factor keeping gums healthy.
- Bite enough crisp and fibrous food like apples, pears, raw carrots and celery, which massage the gums when you chew and stimulate the blood flow to the gums.
- Olive oil, sunflower-seed oil and sprouted seeds are useful for their vitamin A content.
- Eat and drink as little sugar as possible, which is your gums worst enemy (soft drinks, sugary snacks).
- Do not take fluoride supplements: too much fluoride can provoke tooth decay.
- The cheapest mouthwash for gum disease is: add 1tsp of sea salt to a glass of hot water. Use as a gargle several times a day. It is tonifiing and simple.
- HERBS can help to tonify and improve gum tissues, as well as combating infection and soothing ulceration.
- Common sage (Salvia officinalis): put 20g dried leaves into 1 litre of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes and strain. Use as a mouthwash 2-3 times a day.
- Marigold (Calendula officinalis): put 5g dried flowerheads into 1 litre boiling water. Infuse for 5 minutes and strain. Gargle with the warm infusion 2-3 times a day.
- Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia): tincture , add 15 drops to a little water wash around the mouth and swallow. Repeat 3 times a day for up to a week.
- Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis): put 2-3g dried root into 1 cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes and strain. Use as a mouthwash several times a day, as required.
- Rhatany (Krameria triandra): is a low shrub in South America. The infusion of the root is astringent and tonic. Put 10-15 drops of rhatany tincture in some water use as a gargle twice a day. Don't be surprised, it has a reddish-brown, intense colour.
- A nice old German recipe for bleeding gums: take in equal amounts English oak bark (Quercus robur), lady's mantle leaves (Alchemilla vulgaris), sage leaves (Salvia officinalis) and knotweed (Polygonum aviculare). Take 2 teaspoons of the mixture in 1/2 litre cold water and soak for 12 hours. Than warm it up, strain and put the tea in a thermos battle. Use as a gargle several times a day.
- ESSENTIAL OILS: some oils are antiseptic, help healing wounds, tonify gums and boost the immune system. Use them in a mouthwash, putting a few drops of essential oil into a cup of warm water or herbal infusion.
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): has antiseptic and fungicidal properties, assists the healing of wounds in mouth and gums.
- Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): antiseptic and strong fungicide, strengthens the immune system.
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): antiseptic, stimulates the blood circulation, warming properties.