Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of bacteria around the teeth. Mild forms of the condition are gingivitis, with more severe forms known as periodontitis. The condition affects the gums, underlying bones of a tooth and the tooth itself. Signs and symptoms include swollen or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity and bad breath. One tooth or the entire mouth can be affected. A variety of home remedies may help rid the mouth of periodontal disease.
Brush your teeth daily, preferably after every meal or snack. Brush teeth for three to four minutes during each cleaning.
Drink lots of water to flush out bacteria or extra food particles that may remain in the mouth. Use a mouthwash to kill any existing bacteria in the mouth. Look for ingredients such as cetylpridinium chloride or domiphen bromide when buying a mouthwash; both ingredients remove plaque from teeth.
Use a toothbrush for three months. Look for broken or bent bristles to determine when it's time for a new toothbrush. Have extra toothbrushes on hand. Store a toothbrush in your desk drawer at work, or place one in your car.
Don’t forget about your gums. Massage the gum line with your toothbrush to loosen and remove plaque. Increased circulation brings oxygen to the gums, leaving the area healthier and stronger.
Make your teeth stronger by including high amounts of vitamin D in your diet. Drink plenty of milk. Eat calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, cottage cheese and almonds.
Clean your tongue using a dull instrument; an upside down spoon works well. Scrape from as far back as possible without gagging.
Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.