I have the most high-maintenance gums. If I don’t give them extra attention, they go puffy and red on me. It never fails…
What works best for me is oil pulling. Unfortunately, oil pulling in itself is high maintenance… You’ll want to do it for 20 minutes twice a day. I feel good about myself if I get around to doing this once a day – and my gums sure do notice! They slim up and turn a nice, light pink hue.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is said to date back three thousands years (or probably more, who knows). It involves swishing approximately 1 tbsp of coconut, sesame or sunflower oil in your mouth. Quite frankly, I have a hard time swishing that much oil… I use more like 1 tsp.
“Research has offered several different benefits regarding oil pulling with coconut oil, saying it strengthens the teeth, rids the body of bad toxins, reduces gingivitis, prevents cavities, and whitens teeth, while also reducing plaque production. Although it is not scientifically known to do these things, it has been found to help reduce headaches, hangovers, and support general detoxification of the entire body.” (source)
Wow, hangovers… I didn’t know that until researching this post – LOL.
I also add a drop of doTERRA essential oil for extra punch. My favourites are tea tree or the proprietary blend “On Guard”. Both have amazing antimicrobial cleansing properties. Once you’re done swishing, make sure to spit out the oil. Otherwise, you will just be ingesting the yucky stuff pulled from your teeth and gums. Also make sure to spit out coconut oil in the garbage can and not the sink – unless you want to clog your drain 😉
I encourage you to give it a shot for about two week. You might even see awesome results before then…
PS – Now, some people will get super offended I mentioned adding essential oils to the mix… as putting essential oils in your mouth is considered internal use of essential oils – a super highly controversial practice. Do your research, remember your mouth is lined with oral mucosa and ultimately do what you are comfortable doing.