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Gum Massage and More Home Remedies for Gingivitis

Home remedies for gingivitis work better than any professional treatment because gingivitis needs to be treated every day.

It is not practical to see your dentist every day.

When you think of home remedies you may imagine smearing garlic along your gumline or some such thing.

Well, there is no miracle rinse or magic herb that will cure gingivitis. Don't waste your time on those things.   This gum massaging technique used consistently will heal your gums.

How to Massage Your Gums

Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles and is in good shape. Bristles that are worn or bent over to the side wont work. Use this brushing method paying extra attention to the gum-line as shown in the video.

  • The bristles should be placed at a 45 degree angle on the teeth but pointed toward the gums.  
  • Press the bristles gently towards the gums so they spread out. 
  • Use small circular or back and forth motion...no long scrubbing strokes.
  • Don't try to clean the entire arch at once. Clean your teeth two at a time.

Clean every surface of every tooth while massaging your gums

  • Start with the cheek side of your last molar on the upper right and follow your gum line around to the last molar on the upper left. Now switch to the tongue side massaging your gums on every tooth molar to molar.
  • After thoroughly massaging the upper teeth, check carefully with your tongue. Your teeth should feel nice and smooth.  If you notice "fuzzy" or rough areas especially near your gums, brush and massage those areas again and re check.

Done with the uppers?

Do the same on your lower arch. Give yourself a gum massage from molar to molar cheek side then tongue side.

Don't skip any of your gums...especially the ones that are sore and bleed.

When you finish, massage your entire gum line again and again.... You should spend five to ten minutes brushing your teeth and massaging your gums.

Once you are sure they are all clean...

Rinse with Listerine mouthwash for 30 seconds. Listerine doesn't taste good but it's healing essential oils kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis. If you have gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, rinsing with Listerine for 30 seconds twice a day will help.

For an extra healing boost, try these home remedies for gingivitis... add Listerine to an oral irrigator like Waterpik Flosser.

What you should know...

Your gums will bleed at first and you may need to rinse your mouth and your toothbrush. That's OK, just rinse and continue for at least five minutes and gradually increase your time to ten minutes.

Don't scrub...place the brush at a 45 degree angle toward your gums and gently press in using a circular motion. After five to ten minutes, feel every surface of every tooth with your tongue. If they feel nice and smooth, you are done brushing. If not, go back to the rough spots.

Keep checking and re brushing until they are smooth as glass or as smooth as you can get them. You may have tarter or dental calculus that has to be removed by your hygienist.

See your dentist or hygienist if you don't notice improvement.

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