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How I Beat Severe Gum Disease: Natural Home Remedy For Periodontal Disease

Last updated on July 16th, 2019

One out of two adults over the age of 30 has some degree of Periodontal disease. (1

I am the one out of two and have been battling with Periodontal disease since my first pregnancy in 2011. 

ONE out of two, that’s insane! I don’t know what that says about our dental system (or diets!), but it makes me feel a little better knowing I am not alone.

Gum health can be an embarrassing topic to discuss with friends and family.

I mean when was the last time you had a convo with your friends that started with “My gum disease is really flaring up, any suggestions on treating periodontal issues?” We talk about almost everything else – but oral health seems to be taboo.

I feel like it gets put in the same category as STIs. Like, “You have Periodontal disease? Are you not practicing safe brushing? Didn’t your parents teach you about that?” All you can do is look back and be like “Erm, yes, yes they did.”

Today, I am going to break the hush-hush on gum disease and talk about a natural home remedy for the treatment of periodontal disease at home. These are things I use, they are not a gum disease cure all and need to be used in accordance with dental cleanings. Let’s dive right in, with my personal journey.

Disclaimer: I am NOT a dentist or medical professional you should see a Dentist right away if you’re experiencing any pain, fever, swelling, pus or oozing from gums. This regime is not to be used to substitute regular dental care. Reliance on any information provided on is solely at your own risk. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please contact your dentist before making any changes to your health plan to view Mom Bunin It’s medical disclaimer click here. This post contains affiliate links. 

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Pregnancy, My Periodontal Disease Beginning

Pregnancy changed my oral health, and not for the better.

In 2011 I got pregnant with my first child Jade, and it absolutely KILLED my mouth. Damn hormones!

I broke a tooth, chewing gum. I contracted pregnancy gingivitis and that turned into what I am still dealing with today, 8 years later, periodontal disease.

The 5 years following my daughters birth, I dealt with hell.

I got”special cleanings” at the dentist, dealt with pain, bleeding and severe sensitivity. Nothing says your mouth is messed up more than when they have to numb you first to perform a deep cleaning aka Scaling & Root Planing.

By the time I got pregnant with my second child, I was just done with it all. That pregnancy was not any kinder on my mouth. I broke another tooth and my gums hated me.

After Rayne was born in 2016 I decided it was time to stop treating the symptoms and start looking for a gum disease cure. And so my journey to find a natural home remedy for periodontal disease began.

My Natural Home Remedy For Periodontal Disease (Full Routine)

When I first set out to find this “home remedy” for periodontal disease there were two things I was absolutely certain of:

  1. I wanted to HEAL my gums, cure my gum disease – KILL it and STOP treating the symptoms alone.
  2. I did not want to use any products with chemicals. i.e commercial toothpaste loaded with pesticides!

Pretty much everything out there will tell you that you can NOT cure periodontal disease – that once you get it – it’s a life sentence. I refused to believe that.

There had to be some home remedies out there for periodontal disease, some natural cure that I could use for  periodontal treatment. Something I could at least try behind having my gums impaled every 3 months.

After months of research and A LOT of trial and error on how-to cure gum disease I feel like I have “mastered” a treatment plan and found exactly what I needed to cure my periodontal disease in coconut oil pulling combined with green tea and a strict care routine.

I have been using this routine for 2 years now and have seen such a dramatic difference in my oral health.

Reduction in pocket size, my gums have stopped receding, I have zero bleeding, and my gums are no longer red and inflamed.

My Daily Periodontal Treatment & Care Routine

Morning: Coconut Oil Pulling for 20 minutes followed by brushing.
Afternoon: Get in a brushing if possible, drink a cup of green tea.
Evening: Brush, water floss, mouthwash rinse.
2-3 Times a Week: Brush with Activated Charcoal powder

Products I Use

I only use all-natural products. No chemical-laced toothpastes or mouthwashes – I am trying to HEAL/CURE my Periodontal Disease not poison myself further. 

Toothpaste: Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste

  • No carrageenan, no fluoride, SLS free and Gluten free
  • Contains Neem an all natural antiseptic and helps fight gum disease
  • Whitens your teeth naturally via pineapple and papaya

Toothbrush: Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Health

  • Three different modes: Clean, White and Gum Care
  • Claims to “Improve gum health up to 100% more than a manual toothbrush”
  • Gentle with a pressure sensor
  • Equipped with: Smartimer, Brushing pacer and holds a 2-week battery life with one charge. Comes with travel case.

Use Philips Sonicare Optimal Gum Health replacement toothbrush heads with the toothbrush for the best results. 

Mouthwash: Oral Essentials Mouthwash

  • Non-Toxic Alcohol/Sugar Free
  • Made with Dead Sea Salt, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, French Essential Oils and Non-GMO Xylitol

Floss: Water Flosser

If you really want to get down in your gums without hurting yourself go with a water flosser. This is the one I have at home and for the price it’s AMAZING!

Activated Charcoal Powder: Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder

Allows me to whiten my teeth with no issues. If you have ever read teeth whitening kits they say not to use if you have gum/periodontal disease. Plus, they are pure chemicals!
The charcoal also helps with the gum infection.

Oil Pulling: Organic Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

I used Aldi’s SimplyNature Coconut oil, it’s about $5 for 14oz. (in my area)
Beware of grocery store Coconut oil as they are usually not very good quality.
If you do not have an Aldi’s near you this Coconut Oil on Amazon is great, and it’s a huge 32oz jar that will last for months.

Green Tea: Member’s Mark Organic Sencha Matcha Green Tea

Green tea has been linked to better oral health, among many overall health benefits including improvement in periodontal disease.

I use Member’s Mark organic green tea blend, you can get it at Sams if you have a membership. If you do not have a Sams membership I recommend Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder.

Natural Infection/Antibiotic Options:


PS. The oregano pills and silver are a GREAT medicine cabinet staple for when you’re sick. Oregano oil has even been shown to kill EColi. 

 Oil of Oregano Pills: Mortar and Pestle Herbs Oil of Oregano Pill

Oregano oil has long been used as a natural antibiotic and is often compared to penicillin. Some studies even suggest that oregano oil may be the answer to drug-resistance bacteria. It can help with fighting off mouth infections.

I do not recommend the liquid version as oregano oil is considered a hot oil and burns/stings. Also, make sure you get oil of oregano pills sourced from wild Mediterranean oregano, like the one above from Mortar and Pestle.

Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol

Is great for “topical” use. I used it after having a tooth extracted to help keep bacteria out and clear infection leftover from an abscessed tooth.

I had zero issues with dry socket and no pain from the extraction at all after the first day. There’s no way to know 100% that this was because of the sovereign silver, but I do think it helped.

Due to strict regulations and issues with the FDA about claims about using silver I am not going to go into detail about its properties. You can read more about it here to get an idea what it does.

Also, the reviews speak for themselves.

I feel like I need to make a quick clarification on this post as I am getting a lot of emails and questions asking my thoughts on trying out this home remedy for periodontal disease INSTEAD of going to the dentist.

This regime is meant to be used in conjunction with regular dental visits. 

If you choose to not visit the dentist you are doing so at your own risk and not by my advice. 

I just want to reiterate I am NOT a medical professional and believe it is absolutely necessary to go to the dentist to start the healing process. This post is not to be taken/used in lieu of professional help. If you really want to cure your gum disease you must start at the dentist.

You can not heal your gums without ridding your mouth of plaque, cavities, rotting teeth etc. And while you can still start this periodontal treatment/regime without an immediate trip to the dentist it’s never going to cure plaque buildup, cavities, abscesses etc which must be treated and or removed by dental tools via an in-office visit.

Oral health is very important to your overall well-being and you do not want to risk sepsis or any other serious infection.

Some things can only be handled by a professional, you do have a choice of what chemicals are used and or put in your body. Make sure to let your Dentist know if you’re uncomfortable with a product and discuss what can be done in lieu of said product with your Dentist. Weigh the pros and cons and make a decision from there.  

What do you think? Will you try my home remedy for periodontal disease? Do you have any products or tips that have helped you?

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This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Hi , Thank you for sharing this.
    I am having 7 to 9mm periodontics, I just completed deep cleaning today.
    Shall I start using the oil pulling from day 1 of deep cleaning ? I follow whatever you said 100 percent and update you here.
    will this be reversed ?

  2. Great article. I was also recently told i have periodontal gum disease. I am fighting it naturally as well. Brushing with charcoal activated toothpaste, warm water and salt, apple cider vinager mixed with water. So far it has helped reducing the swealling and pain. Keeping your mouth clean in addition to brushing and flossing it is super important for the swealling to go down.

  3. I am encouraged by your post. My dentist said I had some gum disease but after having an infection he recommended me to a periodontist. Problem is it is $120 just to see them and the deep cleaning would cost $240 per quadrant. I hear that there is no guarantee that this will help long term. I have doing natural cure research and did my first oil pulling today and it felt great on my teeth. Hopefully the pickets will shrink. That’s for the great article and encouraging story.

  4. This was great. I do coconut pulling at night. Do you have a reason for doing that in the morning? Deborah

  5. I don’t have any real problem with peridontal disease, but some family members do, so will be advising them to look into some of these remedies.

  6. Thank you so much for your advice, I will definitely try some of the products you mentioned and I love the idea of sipping green tea in the afternoons! I just started oil pulling by hearing it from @thepaleoballerina and is now one of my resolutions. My dental hygienist has also recommended to me to make a solution of warm water, baking soda and a small dose of bleach to water pick into my mouth at least 3 nights a week to help kill Bacteria. Have you heard of this? It’s called a dakon solution.

    1. You’re most welcome! No, I have not heard of mixing bleach, baking soda and water to clean your mouth out. It’s not something I would do personally. Bleach is super harsh and your mouth absorbs chemicals, even when you’re not swallowing.

      If I was going to do something like that I would use 3% hydrogen peroxide, over bleach. But, if you feel comfortable and confident in your hygienists instructions then go for it! I feel pretty confident that it will do what he/she claims and kill the bacteria off.

      1. I just started using equal parts of hydrogen peroxide & water before each brushing. Swoosh vigorously each time for about 30 seconds then spit out.

  7. I thought I was the only one that had horrible dental problems while pregnant, and it was almost impossible to get a dentist to touch my mouth while I was pregnant so I had to suffer until after my daughter was born to get my teeth fixed.

  8. My husband has been diagnosed with advanced stages periodontal disease and had loose teeth also…
    I want to help him and don’t want to have him get implants —
    Heard it’s very painful and is quit a process–
    Is there any hope for him?…
    I don’t believe in the remedies offered –
    I am 100 % all for natural approaches..
    I have hope that this is not the end for him…
    What are your thoughts?
    Where do you get the aloe- Dead Sea salt wash?
    How often should he brush?
    Should he floss with his teeth so tender and bleeding–
    Loose… 😩
    Thank you for all your help!!!!!

    1. I always like to think positive! Hopefully with regular trips to the dentist for the 3 month cleanings and implementation of a strict care routine he can change things around.

      You can get the mouthwash here:

      As far as how often to brush, I would think any time after he eats, or drinks something with sugar. I am not sure about the flossing. You’d have to ask his dentist how that would affect his overall teeth. A water flosser may be a good idea, or it may cause more damage since his teeth are loose. Yea, ask his dentist about that you don’t want to cause any more damage at this point.

      I highly recommend consulting his dentist. I am not a dental professional so I don’t want to give any advice and it cause further issues.

      Best of luck!

  9. Found your article after an overwhelming trip to the dentist. Very encouraged by your story. I was advised to do the deep clean in addition to dealing with several cavities. Did you find the deep cleans helpful at all? Or do you wish you had skipped that and tried the natural method first? What about cavities? Is oil pulling capable of reversing those as well? Appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Absolutely, 100% you should do the cleanings and cavity repair.

      You have to get the plaque buildup off and you risk severe infection/tooth loss by not treating the cavities. What oil pulling and my care regime did/does is help heal your gums and kill off the leftover bacteria over time to help eliminate gum disease.

      BUT you can not start to do that until you get your mouth in “order” first by seeing a dentist regularly. After you take care of the cleaning/cavities start oil pulling, water flossing etc and over time you should be able to go back to normal 6-month cleanings and maintenance at the dentist.

  10. Hi Jacqui,

    Thank you for sharing this. Like you mentioned, this is a tough subject to talk about openly, so It’s really admirable when someone takes the initiative. I also wanted to know if you had issues with halitosis prior to or due to this disease, and if so did this routine help with combatting it?

    1. Yes, I did due to the plaque. Best thing would be to go to the dentist to get the plaque removed and then start healing your gums. If you’re unable to go to the dentist right away the coconut oil and the oral essentials mouthwash do help a lot, but it won’t completely get rid of bad breath.

  11. Hi Jacqui, I am on my advance stage, and its been hurting so bad! What would help ease the pain in your routine? Would this reverse even at an advance stage?

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your pain. In my opinion, it’s never too late to get started.

      If you haven’t been to your dentist yet I definitely recommend a trip as the pain could be a sign of a serious infection which can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening infection of the blood.

      If you’re unable to get to the dentist straight away you can try oil of oregano pills to help fight the infection as a natural antibiotic, but don’t substitute it for a trip the dentist.

      1. Hi I not long found out that I have perio disease and my dentist said that it would cost around 4 to 500 pound which I cannot afford so please is their any you could suggest for me to try

  12. I’m a RDH an found your article very interesting, as a mother of four at home I try to treat my family with natural remedies an have recently found the great advantages of essential oils. I try an pass along helpful tips to my patients who are looking for a more natural cure to gum disease. Kudos to you for looking for alternative treatment. I see gum disease 80% of my day an wish many would take there mouths more seriously. I was just looking for testimonies an came across yours an thought it was great.

    1. Glad you found it helpful! One other thing you could look into for your PTs is oil of oregano capsules to help fight off infection. I am going to be posting an article about its antibiotic-like properties (some even say it’s better than ABX) soon and have come across a ton of info about oregano oil being used for toothaches and bet it would help with killing off bacteria in the mouth. Just make sure to stress that they use the capsulated form of oregano oil and not the oil/liquid itself. Oregano oil is a “hot” oil in its pure form and can really cause some damage to the mouth and esophagus if not mixed properly.

  13. Thanks, this has been really helpful. I’ve had trouble finding a dentist who is understanding of the need to be fully numb before any cleaning. I’ve been belittled about it and charged extra for splitting up the appointments because full numbing can be dangerous. It has been traumatic in some way every time (the physical/emotional pain or the cost), which makes me unlikely to follow through with subsequent appointments. I know I need to go back for a cleaning ASAP…. What kind of toothbrush are you using? I’ve opted for the softest, nylon brush I could find in the natural food store. I think it’s called “Dr. Plotka’s”, or something similar.

    1. It is a pain having to break up the appointments for the cleanings. And once the numbing wears off from round 1 the leftover pain does not make you want to go back for round 2, that’s for sure! I actually like to use an electric toothbrush. They clean better and get more bacteria out from under the gumline. I use this one:

  14. I have just been given the news that I have peredontal disease. I have been in agony for 4 days have to wait 2 weeks for a deep clean. Did this work for you?? Thanks. X

    1. Try a salt water rinse several times a day, with coconut oil pulling to help ease the pain. The mouthwash I recommended I absolutely LOVE it has aloe juice and is made with dead sea salt that helps with pain. If you’re really brave (or desperate) you can try and rinse with an organic apple cider vinegar and water mix or chew on some raw garlic – Now these two things hurt like hell BUT they kill a ton of bacteria and help stop the infection that is causing the pain. The garlic is the hardest for me and it does BURN so try at your own risk!

  15. Two months ago I started having issues with the gum at one tooth. I went to the dentist a month ago, cleaning seemed to clear up the symptoms about a week later, but it’s been about 3 weeks and I’m flaring up again. My gum is receding, but it’s still in the safe measurement, no infection and all seems okay aside from my dentist thinks I’m grinding my teeth and wiggling that one to the point of deteriorating my gum line. I purchased a nightguard and they had it fitted for the top, my issues are on the bottom and you’d think they would have made it for the bottom so I don’t wiggle that tooth out of place in my sleep. I’ve been wearing the nightguard for about 4 nights and it seems worse this morning. I’m going to call my dentist to refer me to a periodontist but I will use some of these techniques. I did coconut oil pulling last month and I have been brushing better than ever, always was a good brusher, flossing was what i struggled with. I have been flossing daily since my dental and now I’m in pain again 3 months later 🙁 I have a feeling I’m in the early stages of periodontal disease unfortunately 🙁 anyways I’m going to do the oil pulling and also pick up some matcha green tea. Thanks for the tips. Hope you are still feeling much better. Nothing worse than constant mouth pain to ruin your day.

    1. No – I don’t use any type of sugar or sweetener in the tea. Yea, I agree sweetening it would defeat the purpose of the tea. If you just can’t stand the taste you could try a little bit of honey. I am not sure if it would void out all of the health benefits of the tea, I would need to do some research to see how sugar effects green tea.

      1. Hi Jacqui, I will definitely be doing this, I’ve have some pockets that are 13 deep very sad about it, periodontist said for sure I’ll loose them but who knows when, need to try your home remedy as I need help desperately.

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