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Are home remedies or natural treatments effective for gum disease?
There has been evidence to suggest the effectiveness of the following over-the-counter and natural treatments for gum disease:
Green tea has antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body.
Hydrogen peroxide helps kill bacteria when used as a mouthwash or as a gel in a custom fitted tray, but it cannot be swallowed.
Warm saltwater rinse reduces inflammation and kills bacteria, but daily use will damage the teeth.
Baking soda and water can be used to brush the teeth to help neutralize the acids that can cause gum disease.
Oil pulling (swishing or rinsing) -- there has been little evidence to prove that sesame oil or coconut oil can help reduce bacteria that cause gum disease, but this is a popular practice. On a case by case basis, people have noticed improvement with this treatment.
In addition, see the section on prevention of gum disease and on toothpaste.