Some mainstream natural or home remedies to treat gingivitis include brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled or an electric toothbrush, flossing, using antiseptic mouthwash and using an interdental cleaner, according to Mayo Clinic. In addition, individuals can use sesame, coconut or sunflower oil to treat gingivitis through a process called oil pulling, reports the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Oil pulling works by swishing oil around the mouth, causing a reduction in plaque and pulling out other toxins.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that develops when an individual does not practice good oral hygiene and a layer of plaque forms, according to WebMD. A bacterial infection causes the condition when food becomes trapped in the space where the gums attach to the teeth, reports Healthline. Individuals who are at a higher risk for developing gingivitis include those who are pregnant, have diabetes, have broken teeth or crooked fillings, or chew tobacco.
Symptoms include gums that are red and swollen, bleeding gums, pain, sensitive or loose teeth, and bad breath, states Mayo Clinic. A dentist can diagnose gingivitis using a ruler to measure pockets around the teeth and taking X-rays to check for bone loss, notes Healthline. If not treated properly, it can lead to more serious gum disease, called periodontitis, and tooth loss. It can also increase an individual's risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and lung disease.