On my journey to healing my gums after avoiding the dentist for 7 years, I have come up with a few handy tricks to help speed up the process. While my gums weren’t all THAT bad, the top being all twos and the bottom mainly threes and fours and the errant five, I didn’t want them to get any worse and have to face getting cadaver tissue sewn into them. No. Thanks.
Hence the reason or this post! If you’re adamant about healing your gums and keeping your teeth in tip-top shape, then today’s article on how to make your own healing gum serum is just what you need.
DIY Healing Gum Serum Recipes with Essential Oils
It is estimated that 70-90 percent of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque along the gumline.
When the bacteria aren’t properly removed on a daily basis, the plaque starts to irritate and inflame the gums which can lead to pockets, gum recession, and in some cases, advanced gum disease.
Some of the symptoms of gingivitis and the progression of periodontal disease include:
- Mild swelling that worsens over time
- Puffy gums
- Dark red or reddish-purple gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Mouth pain
- Bleeding gums
- Periodontal pockets – where plaque begins to form below the gum line causing the gums to recede and pockets to form
- Periodontitis – chronically present plaque, tartar, and bacterial infections that destroy gum tissue and the bone structure of teeth.
- Tooth loss
Having less than healthy gums isn’t always caused by poor oral hygiene. In fact, poor gum health can be caused by a number of different factors you may not be aware of.
Some of the main causes of gingivitis and gum disease include:
- Being 65 or older
- Braces, dentures, and other oral appliances that make cleaning difficult
- Certain medications like birth control and heart medications
- Crooked teeth that are hard to clean
- Currently has heart disease, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis
- Grinding or clenching your teeth at night
- High levels of stress
- Low immunity
- Poor diet that lacks nutrients
- Poor oral hygiene
- Predetermined genetic risk
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
If your root cause includes any of the above, it may be possible to improve your gum health just by focusing on things like upping your nutrient intake or taking steps to stop smoking.
In a lot of cases, however, gum health is solely dependent on good oral hygiene, and that means flossing, brushing, and using a good rinse twice daily.
What’s been frustrating for me is I DO these things yet still struggle with keeping my gums in the threes and below range for pockets. It’s been incredibly frustrating because looking at my teeth, they are straight, white, and LOOK healthy. My gums aren’t red or inflamed.
My dental hygienist is always wondering what the heck is up because I don’t have plaque buildup or tartar or any other typical indication that my gums are having issues.
So, my only guess is I’m not absorbing nutrients very well, or I’m not eating enough nutrient-dense foods to help support good gum health.
That brings us to today’s recipe which can help support the gums while getting to the root of the problem.
How to Make a Healing Gum Serum
Aside from focusing on getting in more veggies and dark leafy greens into my diet on a daily basis, I will also be using the following recipe as my daily gum serum.
I used to use one by Living Libations that I LOVED, but the bottle never lasted long enough, and it was a bit pricey to keep re-ordering it.
Instead, I’ve decided to make my own version.
Here’s what you’ll need to make my healing gum serum (fancy version):
This recipe will make a 2% dilution. Feel free to lower the dilution if desired.
You can read more about essential oil dilutions and conversions here.
Recipe for healing gum serum (simple version):
This recipe will make a 2% dilution.
This version contains only the most potent essential oils for healing the gums.
If you want to get really really simple, I would recommend going with 2 drops of clove essential oil in 1 oz of fractionated coconut oil.
Loving Preparation – Healing Gum Serum Recipe
- Add the essential oils to the 1 oz dropper bottle
- Next, fill the bottle to the shoulder with fractionated coconut oil
- Cap closed and roll between your palms to mix
I like to apply 1 drop to the length of floss I’m using after brushing my teeth 2x daily. You can also apply 1 drop directly on the gums or problem areas to help speed up healing.
Overall, I’m very happy with the strength and flavor of this serum and will continue using it for the next 6 months! I’ll come back and update this post to let you all know if it has helped make a difference.
Have you ever made a healing gum serum before? How did you like it? Please share in the comments below!
You may also enjoy reading:
Effects of two essential oil mouthrinses on 4-day supragingival plaque regrowth: a randomized cross-over study
Effect of rinsing with an essential oil-containing mouthrinse on subgingival periodontopathogens
Essential oils-containing mouthwashes for gingivitis and plaque: Meta-analyses and meta-regression
The effects of essential oil mouthrinses with or without alcohol on plaque and gingivitis: a randomized controlled clinical study
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