How To Cure Gum Disease At Home

how to cure gum disease at home

Gum disease, characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums can lead to tooth loss and a shrinking jaw – changing the way you look, talk and feel.  If you’ve been told, or suspect you have gum disease you’re not alone. 85% of adults suffer from some degree of this problem and many, like you, ask – how can I cure gum disease at home without a dentist?

The good news is that you can save your teeth – you can solve gum disease – you can cure gum disease at home quickly! 

The award-winning dentists and creators of The Gum Disease Guide are delighted to tell you how you can mend your gums in this post!

Getting straight to the point, the key to curing gum disease starts with daily self-performed care. Yes, it really is that simple! This self-care will speed up how quickly your gums heal. It can even  reduce or completely abolish the need for advanced periodontal treatment – saving you time, discomfort and money! 

>> It’s important to note that the information below does not replace the need for expert advice from a dental expert or another healthcare provider.  If you are concerned about the health of your gums, seeing a dental professional would always be recommended.  

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Why It’s Important To Cure Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a non-specific term used by the general public when talking about diseases that can affect structures that support, surround and hold the teeth in place. These structures include the gums, alveolar bone, periodontal ligament and cementum. 

The term encompasses the terms gingivitis and periodontitis. 

When only the gum tissue is affected it is called gingivitis. This early stage of the infection is treatable and reversible. 

When the disease progresses, the structures under the gum become affected. Bone, ligament and cementum are irritated and destroyed. They are the very structures which hold your teeth in place. When these structures are lost your teeth become wobbly and become at risk of falling out. You also start to look older – bone loss in the jaw changes the way you look.   This advanced stage of the condition is called periodontitis or periodontal disease. This stage is manageable, it can be prevented from getting any worse. Sadly, any damage cannot be reversed without advanced surgery. 

Gum disease is triggered by plaque bacteria but lifestyle choices and genetics can make it more likely to develop. 

Find out more about what gum disease is and how plaque bacteria irritate the gums and damage the structures under the gum line.  You can find out what it looks like in this post/.

If you are being treated by a dentist, ask them for clarification about the disease stage affecting your gums. 

So, How Do You Cure Gum Disease?

The best way to cure gum disease is to treat the cause, the plaque bacteria that triggers the disease. The bacteria needs to be disrupted manually at least twice a day with a toothbrush and by cleaning the interdental spaces (more on this in a minute). 

Plaque bacteria can’t be washed away with mouthwash or removed by oil pulling and natural remedies are ineffective. 

Daily performed self-care is the most effective way to disrupt plaque bacteria and cure gum disease!

Self Performed Daily Care Heals Gum Disease!

What is daily performed self-care? Daily performed self-care in its very simplistic form is developing and maintaining oral hygiene that’s first class. Brushing your teeth and cleaning the interdental spaces every day. 

When performing self-care you need to use the correct tools and the correct technique. 

Brush Your Teeth

Brush your teeth twice a day with an electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.  

Cleaning The Interdental Spaces

Dental floss and interdental brushes can both be used to clean between the teeth. Often a combination of the two works well. 

Floss is great for cleaning between the teeth when there are no gaps and the teeth sit really close together.  Interdental brushes are great for cleaning between the teeth when there are small spaces between the teeth. The bigger the gaps the bigger the brush you need. 

Clean The Deep Periodontal Pockets

If you have periodontal disease you need to clean the deep periodontal pockets. The plaque hiding in the gaps between the gums and teeth needs disrupting too. Until now it was difficult to do at home. It was difficult to do with professional gum health treatments but the revolutionary Gum Pocket Brush can get into the pockets disrupting the plaque. 

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Do You Need To Do Anything Else?

Yes, you need to use the correct technique and develop daily habits so that you effectively but gently disrupt the plaque every day. 

Floss, interdental brushes and toothbrushes are only as effective as your technique – we explain how to use all of the essential tools in our course: Gum Disease Solved (see link below). 

Using the proper technique and performing the self-care each day will be enough to reverse gingivitis but if you have periodontitis you may need to seek periodontal treatment from a dental professional to ensure that your self-care is as effective as possible. 

If you want to find out more about how to cure gum disease at home, Gum Disease: Solved provides you with dentist-directed information on how to beat gum disease without costly visits to the dentist using our specially designed Gum Pocket Brush. It gives you more information on the above and much, much more.

Can You Have Gum Disease But Not Have Symptoms?

Yes, if you smoke (are there any other reasons?) you can have gingivitis or periodontitis and be symptom-free. Smoking masks the tell-tale signs that there are issues with your gums. Nicotine restricts blood flow to the gum tissue so they don’t get red, they don’t swell and they don’t bleed. 

There might not be any symptoms but the disease is progressing without you knowing. The tooth-supporting structures are disappearing. 

Stopping smoking and following the advice above will help you fix gum disease.  

What Treatments Do and Don’t Work When Trying to Cure Gum Disease 

If you search Google for how to cure gum disease, many of the returned results, including those from leading health sites like Health Line suggest remedies like oil pulling, charcoal toothpaste and other home remedies as treatments that get rid of gum disease. THEY DON’T WORK! There is NO scientific evidence that they work. 

You will have seen claims that mouthwash, like Listerine, can help you treat gum disease. They’re not an effective way to fix periodontitis. Use if directed by your dentist. 

What does work?

Daily performed self-care (we told you about it above) – disrupting the plaque twice a day, without fail is what cures gum disease! 

Benefits of Curing Gum Disease

If you cure gum disease, not only do you get healthy gums and prevent teeth from falling out but aesthetic treatments become achievable and you improve your general health.

You Get Healthy Gums

With healthy gums you also 

Aesthetic Treatments Become Possible

Once you have healthy teeth, treatments to restore the function of your teeth and transform your smile become possible. If you have gum disease you can’t receive any tooth replacement or cosmetic treatments. Once your gum disease is fixed you can get the following treatments. 

  • Tooth straightening with Invisalign
  • Veneers
  • Composite bonding
  • Bridges or Implants  to replace missing teeth
  • Tooth whitening 

General Health

Periodontitis has been linked with a number of health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. When you cure gum disease you reduce the risk of your general health being affected by the bacteria in your gums. 

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In Summary – You Can Cure Gum Disease at Home!

Gingivitis and periodontitis can be cured! Daily performed self-care to disrupt plaque from above and below the gum line. Brushing the teeth twice a day, cleaning the interdental spaces and disturbing plaque from periodontal pockets can heal your gums. Curing your gums of gum disease gives you healthy gums – this protects you from tooth loss and has a positive effect on your general health. 

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Written by Sharon Fyles

Periodontitis Expert & Writer

Sharon Fyles, BSc (Hons, SW), MSc, Dip,  is a Manchester-based expert dental writer specialising in periodontal diseases and their treatment.


Medically Reviewed and Verified by Dr. Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons), MFDS (RCPS Glasgow)

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