According to the New York Times, more than 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease. National Institute Of Dental And Craniofacial Research explains that bacteria form plaque causes inflammation of the gums that is called “gingivitis.”
In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. It’s a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. In a person with periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets.
These small spaces between teeth and gums collect debris and can become infected, which starts to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. via WebMD
How To Heal Your Teeth Naturally
Although it’s always a good idea to go to the dentist a few times a year, there are a few natural things you can do to to keep your teeth healthy between appointments.
1. Baking Soda
According to the Journal Of Clinical Dentistry, toothpaste containing baking soda are relatively more effective in enhancing plaque removal from harder-to-reach areas of the dentition (1).
You can use baking soda on your teeth by mixing a bit of the powder with water to create a paste and rub along your gum-line. You can also use it to make your own natural toothpaste.
2. Aloe Vera
A study conducted by Journal Of Indian Society Of Periodontology concluded that subgingival administration of Aloe vera gel results in improvement of periodontal condition (2).
This gel also reduced pocket depth in gums, which can be attributed to anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and wound-healing properties aloe vera.
The plant is known to provide relief in swelling, pain, bleeding gums and antifungal for thrush, an oral infection caused by yeast. Just apply organic, food-grade aloe vera to your gums a few times a week.