Whenever you recognize any symptoms of gum disease you should prioritize going to your dentist before it turns for the worse. For some of you there may be other priorities that prevent you from visiting our Charlotte dentist office immediately, so as a temporary fix there are options available that we discuss in this article.


There are certain antibiotics that are can be used to treat gum disease. Perhaps, the most common of all these drugs is known as chlorhexidine. This drug comes as a gelatin-containing chip. It’s placed deep within the gum where the medicine is released slowly over several days in deep into the pockets. 

There are other over-the-counter options as well, but it is the most common one. There are other forms of this drug under prescription-only brand names, such as PerioGard and Peridex. Other antibiotics that are used to treat gum disease include tetracyclines, amoxicillin, metronidazole or doxycycline (Altidox).


There are plenty of different mouthwashes that are available for controlling gum disease. These aren’t alternatives to regular tooth brushing and flossing, and should only work as a supplementary option. You can purchase antiseptic mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine or hexetidine over the counter at pharmacies. 

Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a mouthwash, although you need to be careful not to swallow it. There are natural mouthwash options. These usually include tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, sage or aloe vera. These natural components have been proven to be beneficial as well.

Home-Made Mouth Rinses

In some cases, some of the items you already have in your home. Some household items can go a long way in helping you with gingivitis. You could, for instance, add some salt – a well known natural disinfectant – to warm water and use it to rinse your mouth. This helps to get rid of food particles and bacteria while also reducing bad breath and soothing your gums. 

Researchers have found that a saltwater rinse could significantly help to heal gum inflammation as seen in gingivitis. Baking soda is another home remedy that has an adverse effect on gum disease. Rinsing (or brushing your teeth and gums) with it can help in neutralizing harmful acids in the mouth.

Topical Products

There are over-the-counter products you can consider if you aren’t getting much help from using drugs or mouthwashes. You can apply them directly to your gums for relief and healing. If you can get a topical product that contains turmeric, you could give it a try. 

The active ingredient in this herb, curcumin, boasts anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Turmeric gel can help to inhibit gum reddening and bleeding. It was found to prevent plaque and gingivitis in one study. 

Gel or cream containing cloves could also prove useful for combating gum disease. Multiple researchers have reported that it is potentially beneficial for preventing plaque build-up and fighting inflammation as a result of its antioxidant and antiviral properties. Cloves are also believed to exhibit analgesic effects.


Here is a relatively recent treatment for gum disease. Well at least in the West, however, it has been in use for thousands of years in places like India. There isn’t much evidence on efficacy yet, but some people who have tried it claim that it works. 

Oil-pulling is a treatment technique that requires you to swish oil in your mouth to get rid of bacteria and other harmful substances. This swishing or rinsing continues for up to 30 minutes at a time for maximum benefits. 

Coconut oil, which possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, is a popular choice for this treatment. Its use for oil-pulling was observed to reduce plaque and inhibit gingivitis in one 2015 study. 

You may get considerable help with combating gum disease using the above-mentioned over-the-counter and natural treatments. However, don’t waste your time on them if you see no signs of improvement. This is particularly crucial if you have advanced gum disease (periodontitis).

Stop By Or Call Our Charlotte Dentist Office

If you are looking to replace a missing tooth as an adult, you should speak with Dr. Stout and staff at our Charlotte dentist office location to know which restoration option is best for you. Call us at (704) 253-8799

Gum Disease Treatment Over The Counter
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Whenever you see symptoms of gum disease you should always go to your dentist before it turns for the worse. But you may not always be able to go to the dentist due to other priorities
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