Sensitive gums and looking to treat your gingivitis at home? Good news is you’ve come to the right place! We’ve done all the research to find the most effective home treatments for gingivitis! First, let’s talk about its causes so we can dive into how to treat gingivitis at home!
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is a common oral health condition, affecting nearly half of all adults in the United States. Gingivitis is a bacterial infection that causes gum inflammation. This bacterial infection is caused by an imbalance of microbes in the mouth, called oral microbiome dysbiosis.
The bacteria that cause gingivitis are anaerobes, meaning they can only survive in the absence of oxygen, which is how they grow so well at the gumline. As these bacteria grow, they create a biofilm, or dental plaque, which houses them and protects them from the environment. This becomes tartar as it ages and calcifies, leaving a habitat for more anaerobes to grow. The bacteria within the plaque, such as Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Tannerella forsythia grow to high abundances in this dental plaque, leading to worse gum inflammation.
While mild symptoms such as bleeding and irritated gums may be easy to dismiss, gingivitis can quickly progress to periodontal disease, an irreversible stage of gum disease if left untreated. So you’ve come to the right place to treat gingivitis and avoid more severe symptoms in the future!
How can you treat gingivitis at home?
Clinical studies have shown that a few diet, hygiene, and lifestyle changes can improve symptoms of gingivitis and can aid in healing inflamed gums. In some cases, you can completely reverse gingivitis.
Here are some mouthwash ingredients to look out for that have been shown to improve symptoms of gingivitis and improve the oral microbiome.
You can read more details in our guide to dental probiotics and oral probiotics. Oral probiotics generally can help boost the
Oral hygiene routine
How can you tell if gingivitis is healing?
It’s often very difficult to know whether gingivitis is healing, as symptoms can be light and spotty. Fortunately, there is another way to tell if your oral health is improving! And that’s with oral microbiome testing:
Oral microbiome testing
You can test your oral microbiome to track improvements as you change your diet and oral hygiene routine. Each person’s oral microbiome is unique, and risk for gingivitis is dependent on the microbes in their oral microbiome. Find out which beneficial bacteria you lack, and which harmful pathogens you’re harboring, and specific ways to improve with a Bristle comprehensive oral microbiome test.