Whenever you recognize any symptoms of gum disease you should prioritize going to your dentist before the problem progresses. You may have other priorities that prevent you from visiting our Charlotte dentist office immediately, so as a temporary fix there are options available. 


There are plenty of different mouthwashes that are available for controlling gum disease. These aren’t alternatives to a proper oral car routine, and should only work as a supplementary option. You can purchase antiseptic mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine or hexetidine over the counter at your local pharmacy. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a mouthwash, although you need to be careful not to swallow it. Alternatively, there are natural mouthwash options that have tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, sage or aloe vera. These natural components have been proven to be beneficial.

Home-Made Mouth Rinses

In some cases, you may already have in your home some ingredients to make your own mouthwash. Some household items can go a long way in helping you with gingivitis. For instance, add some salt – a well known natural disinfectant – to warm water and use it to rinse your mouth. Rinsing 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 reduce, not alleviate, 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 some over-the-counter products for you to consider if you aren’t getting much help from using mouthwashes. You can apply them directly to your gums for relief and healing. If you can get a topical product that contains turmeric, you may find some relief. 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 symptoms of gum disease. Clove oil is 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.

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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Gum Disease Treatment Over The Counter
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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