There are a lot of home remedies to relieve toothaches and treat other medical conditions. Aloe vera, generally used to treat sunburns, is also good for your gums! Aloe vera has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which is probably why it’s used to create hand sanitizer. This antioxidant-rich plant can also relieve gum inflammation. Learn more about aloe vera and how you can use it alongside a recommended gum treatment from Dr. Kinsey at Palencia Dental.
Aloe Vera and Inflammation
It’s natural for your body to produce inflammation as an immune response. It generally leads to discomfort, swelling and pain. Aloe Vera contains a yellow liquid that comes out from the leaves of the plant. This liquid contains pain easing chemical compounds and six antiseptic agents. These antiseptic agents can prevent viruses, bacteria and fungi from growing. Aloe Vera is also high in antioxidants that may cause cell damage. It can also help with gingivitis, gum infections, periodontitis and other irritation occurring in the mouth.
Aloe Vera for Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the earliest sign of gum disease and occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth. Without proper oral hygiene or regular visits to the dentist, this plaque will eventually build up enough to cause inflammation to the gums which may cause them to feel painful and bleed. In addition to visiting us for professional cleaning, you can use aloe vera mouthwash to reduce inflammation and expedite the healing time.
Periodontitis Disease and Aloe Vera
Once gingivitis goes untreated it can progress to periodontitis disease. Which is a more serious level of gum disease that leads to bone loss in the jaw. In addition to bleeding, swollen and irritated gums, periodontitis can lead to loose teeth, bad breath, receding gums and new spaces between the teeth. Typically, this is treated with root planing and scaling. Applying aloe vera gel to the periodontal pockets can reduce inflammation and bacteria in the mouth.
Aloe Vera for Canker Sores and Other Mouth Irritation
If you regularly get canker sores, cold sores or lichen planus, aloe vera may expedite the healing process! Since aloe vera can control bacteria, applying a dab of aloe vera gel to canker sores, cold sores or other mouth irritation can provide you with relief much sooner.
There are lots of aloe vera products out there that you can incorporate into your oral hygiene routine alongside regular brushing and professional dental cleanings with us. From aloe vera mouthwashes and toothpaste (you should also use a fluoride toothpaste) to drinking aloe vera juice, there are lots of options to choose from.
Although aloe vera can’t treat gum disease, it can help treat it alongside professional treatments. If you’re overdue for a dental cleaning or suspect you have symptoms of gum disease, please contact our dental office in St. Augustine, FL for treatment by calling (904) 826-4343.