Homeopathic Treatment for Periodontal Disease – Does it Work?

Despite the uncertainty surrounding whether it works, some people choose to use homeopathic medicine in the treatment of an extremely wide range of health conditions including several dental complaints.  

If you have gingivitis or periodontitis you may be wondering if homeopathy can cure or be helpful in the treatment of periodontal diseases.

Unfortunately, homeopathic treatment is not an effective treatment for periodontal diseases.

Today, you’ll learn why not, which treatments are genuinely effective and if homeopathy has any role to play in the treatment of periodontal disease. 

Can Homeopathy Treat Periodontal Diseases?

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What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine that uses highly diluted substances (given mainly in tablet form) to trigger the body’s own healing mechanisms. (1) 

This holistic treatment developed by the German Doctor, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ – a substance that causes certain symptoms can also help to remove those symptoms (2).

Does Homeopathy Work?

Despite being in use for 200 years, there are doubts about whether homeopathy works. Research into its effects on health conditions is mixed. Some studies show that homeopathic remedies are helpful, while others don’t.

When it comes to dentistry and periodontal disease, research is extremely limited. The few studies that have been carried out, found that homeopathic medicine may be beneficial when used in combination with conventional treatments for periodontal disease such as scaling and root planning (3, 4). 

However, in 2017 a study that looked statistically at all the scientific studies ever published on homeopathy found that there was no single clinical medical condition for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective (5). 

Will Homeopathy Cure Periodontal Disease?

No, homeopathic medicine will not cure gum diseases.

Regardless of the evidence that suggests that homeopathy is ineffective for any medical condition, when you understand what causes gum disease it’s easy to appreciate why homeopathic treatment alone will not cure gingivitis or periodontitis. 

What Causes Gum Disease?

Bacteria is the trigger for periodontal diseases. Bacteria accumulates in a thin layer, called a biofilm all day long.  Failure to remove the biofilm results in a build-up of bacteria. This build-up is called plaque. 


When plaque is allowed to accumulate on the teeth, within a few days it begins to irritate the gums, and they become swollen, red, and sore, and they may bleed when you brush or floss the teeth. Some of the plaque may also become tartar, which is calcified hardened plaque.

Gingivitis is reversible when a good oral hygiene routine is adopted and maintained. 


If gingivitis is not treated it progresses to periodontitis. Plaque and tartar can adhere to the tooth roots. The gums peel away from the teeth and the bone surrounding the roots is affected, bone is lost and gums recede.  After several years, the bone can decrease so much that there isn’t enough to hold the teeth in place. The teeth get wobbly and are at risk of falling out. 

Treatments for Periodontal Disease

To effectively treat periodontal disease, plaque and tartar need to be removed. Manually removing this plaque and tartar is the only way this can be done – there is no magic pill, solution, or mouthwash that can eliminate it or wash it away. 

Dentists recommended that you 

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Some find it beneficial to use an electric toothbrush
  • Use a Gum Pocket Brush to clean into those hard to reach areas daily
  • Clean between the teeth daily with floss, interdental brushes, or water flossers.
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This will remove plaque from above the gum line, slightly beneath the gum level and between the teeth. And is effective at reversing and curing gingivitis within a couple of weeks. 

A trip to see the hygienist will remove any residual plaque from below the gum line. It will also remove any build-up of tartar in the treatment of periodontitis. Scaling and root planning may be carried out if plaque is adhering to the roots. 

If you have advanced periodontitis you may need surgical treatments to thoroughly clean the roots to prevent damage to the surrounding bone.

The goal of conventional periodontal treatment is to remove plaque and tartar from the gumline and roots so that the gums can sit against the teeth and the gums can begin to heal. 

Homeopathic treatments cannot remove the plaque. 

Homeopathy Post-Periodontal Treatment

Once the periodontal disease is cured or under control, those with a keen interest in using homeopathic medicine may choose to use it to address any underlying cause or individual susceptibility to gum disease.

For example, some homeopathic remedies when used alongside regular diabetes treatment may help control blood sugar, and others may be useful for alleviating anxiety and stress.

However, it’s worth mentioning that it’s thought that some people who use homeopathy may see improvement in health conditions due to a phenomenon known as the placebo effect (6). 

Always seek advice from a medic or registered homeopath before using any homeopathic medicines.

Why Do Some People Ask If Homeopathy Can Treat Periodontal Disease?

There are three reasons why many people are keen to find out whether homeopathic treatment can treat or cure periodontal disease. 

  • Homeopaths advertise that homeopathic medicine can treat some types of inflammation, bleeding, and tender gum tissue.
  • Some people may be embarrassed or fearful of visiting the dentists and are keen to explore alternatives.
  • People who have used homeopathic treatment or natural remedies successfully to treat systemic ailments in the past may want to rely on it again. 

However, as we’ve highlighted above the only way you can effectively treat periodontal disease is with the manual removal of plaque and tartar, something which starts with Daily Self-Performed Care at home.

Are You Looking to Treat Periodontal Disease Without Seeing a Dentist? 

If you’re reading this post because you’re searching for a way to treat gingivitis or periodontitis at home without visiting a dental practice we can help you treat periodontal disease at home. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is There Any danger When Using Homeopathy for Periodontal Disease?

In general homeopathic medicines are safe. However, the concern is, that if using homeopathy to treat gum disease you may put off seeing a dentist/hygienist or taking time to adopt and maintain a proper oral hygiene routine. This could allow the periodontal disease to progress to an advanced stage putting you at risk of teeth becoming wobbly and falling out. 

Do Homeopathic Remedies Have Side Effects?

Homeopathic treatments are highly diluted substances and are not likely to cause any side effects. However, some homeopathic remedies may contain substances that may interfere with other medicines that you are taking, so you should consult a medic or pharmacist first.

What Homeopathic Remedies Have Been Suggested For Periodontal Disease?

Several homeopathic remedies have been suggested by homeopaths for treating periodontal disease

  • Merc Sol –  for very red, swollen, inflamed, soft, spongy gums that are very sensitive and painful to touch. Often prescribed for gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • Merc Cor – For Looseness of Teeth
  • Calcarea Carb – For Very Painful Gums 
  • Staphisagria – When Gums Bleed on Cleaning Teeth
  • Sepia – For Dark Red, Swollen Gums
  • Lachesis – When Gums are Bluish and Swollen
  • Hepar Sulph – When Gums are Swollen and Tender 
  • Kreosote – For Offensive Smell from Mouth
  • Carbo veg – For Receding Gums
  • Phosphorus – For Gums that Bleed Easily
  • Natrum Mur – For Bluish, Red, and Swollen Gums
  • Silicea – For Marked Swelling of Gums

Sources for Homeopathic Treatment for Periodontal Disease

  1. https://homeopathy-soh.org/homeopathy-explained/what-is-homeopathy/
  2. https://www.d.umn.edu/medweb/Modules/CompAltMed/alternative/homeopathy.html
  3. Mourão LC, Moutinho H, Canabarro A. Additional benefits of homeopathy in the treatment of chronic periodontitis: a randomized clinical trial. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2013 Nov;19(4):246-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 Jul 27. PMID: 24199982.
  4. Mourão LC, Cataldo DM, Moutinho H, Fischer RG, Canabarro A. Additional effects of homeopathy on chronic periodontitis: a 1-year follow-up randomized clinical trial. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Aug;20(3):141-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.03.003. Epub 2014 Apr 8. PMID: 25129881.
  5. Mathie, R., Rampersad, N., Legg, L. et al. Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trials of Non-Individualised Homeopathic Treatment: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Systematic Reviews. 2017. 6(1):63. doi:10.1186/s13643-017-0445-3
  6. https://www.nhsinform.scot/tests-and-treatments/medicines-and-medical-aids/complementary-medicine/homeopathy
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Written by Gareth Edwards

Co-Founder & GDG Dentist

Dr. Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS (RCPS Glasgow) is GDG Co-Founder and Gum Disease Expert.

He is a practicing dentist based in Bournemouth, UK and has treated thousands of patients with gum-related diseases.

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