Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that many of us experience at least once. This mild form of periodontal disease can cause irritation, inflammation, swelling and redness of your gums. Most of us notice when we get gingivitis, but we usually delay the treatment.
Why? Because gingivitis on its own doesn’t cause pain. However, the problem occurs when you don’t treat gingivitis in time. If not treated, gingivitis can cause serious problems with the gum tissue and lead to severe diseases like periodontitis. Long-term infection of the gums, bone, and other tissue that supports the teeth are also in play.
What causes gingivitis?
The most common cause of gingivitis is improper dental hygiene. What does that mean? You need to brush your teeth at least two times per day (once in the morning and once in the evening). Aside from brushing, dentists recommend flossing at least once per day.
Poor dental hygiene allows bacteria in the mouth to form plaque on the teeth. The more bacteria and plaque buildup, the more inflamed your gums will become. The result is red, swollen, and bleeding gums that cause pain when you brush them.
Simple vinegar remedy
The best time to use this remedy is the moment you notice your gums have become red and swollen. The longer you wait, the more severe your gingivitis will become.
- 1 teaspoon of mint root
- 1 teaspoon of raspberry root
- 1 quart of apple cider vinegar
How to do it
- Add the roots to the vinegar and let it sit for a few hours.
- After that, you can use the solution as a mouthwash. When the gargling becomes unpleasant, spit the solution out.
Bonus: when you gargle with this mouthwash, you are also preventing some other diseases. For example, gargling with this solution lowers your blood pressure. And for women, it can help to normalize your monthly menstrual cycle.
Vinegar remedy for tartar
Gum diseases and gingivitis are not the only tooth diseases you can treat with apple cider vinegar. You can also treat tartar on the teeth (the hard, calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to their decay). Tartar is another result of poor dental hygiene.
- 3 teaspoons of St. John’s Wort
- ½ quart of apple cider vinegar
How to do it
- Add the St. John’s Wort to the warm apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few hours.
- Use the solution as a mouthwash
Vinegar’s soothing effects for other diseases
If you didn’t know by now, apple cider vinegar is one of the household names in home remedies. You can use it to not only treat so many diseases, but prevent them as well. Since we’re talking about common diseases here, I would like to give you another common disease solution, this time for the common cold and flu.
As we enter the winter months, cold and flu will become more and more frequent. For your cold and flu symptoms, prepare a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and sparkling water. You can use this solution to massage your body, and you’ll feel relief after one or two treatments.
If you want to relieve pain and muscle soreness, which is common after a hard day’s work, you can prepare a spa treatment with apple cider vinegar. This solution also helps with irritation of the female genitalia. Pour two glasses of apple cider vinegar into your bath, and enjoy your soak for 30 minutes!