strong teeth and gums

Healthy and strong teeth not only adds beauty to your smile, it also helps you eat good food. If you are a foodie, you definitely need to take care of your teeth. Good oral health is very important and plays a important role in your life.

When a person has cavities, discolored teeth, gum bleeding, gum swelling and bad breath, it indicates poor oral hygiene. When not given proper attention at the right time, it will lead to many other complications.

Inflammation in the gums because of bacterial infection might lead to cardiac issues, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), kidney disorders, strokes and sometimes oral cancer. A person with poor oral hygiene, have found to be less confident, cannot taste food properly, speak uncomfortably and do not chew food properly.

Though there are many treatment options available to treat oral issues, it has very expensive where you need to spend plenty of dollars just for a regular appointment. In this article, there are many home remedies mentioned, which can help you prevent and treat oral hygiene issues effectively, without any intervention by a dentist.

Symptoms of gum issues

  • Bad breath
  • Discoloration in the gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Blood in the gums while eating or brushing
  • Pain in teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Cavities
  • Sensitivity (cold or hot food/drink)
  • Increased visibility of teeth
  • Difficulty/pain while chewing



Research says that a diabetic person is prone to dental issues because of the fluctuating blood sugar levels. Even a small wound or a minimal infection, might become big when a person is diabetic.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes, make your body sensitive and might cause damages to the gums. These changes affect women more than men when it comes to dental issues.

Excessive smoking and alcohol

Excessive smoking and consumption of alcohol can cause many issues in the teeth and gums. Without proper care, smoking and alcohol makes it difficult for the wound to heal. Chain smokers will face discoloration of the teeth and wounds in gums.


If your ancestors have dental issues, you might be prone to receding gums and unhealthy teeth. It is important that you give attention to dental hygiene from the beginning as a precaution.


Certain over the counter medicines cause ulcer, dry mouth and small blisters on the gums.


Home remedies for strong gums and teeth

Malabar nut leaves

Malabar nut or adhatoda leaves are herb that is available in plenty which contain many medicinal properties in it. It is a natural anti-bacterial agent that helps to eliminate infection effectively. The anti-inflammatory property helps to reduce swelling. When this herb is used on the gums, it can reduce inflammation and bleeding in gums. Click here to know the recipe.

“It (Adhatoda) is also prescribed commonly for bleeding due to idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, local bleeding due to peptic ulcer, piles, menorrhagia. Its local use gives relief in pyorrhea and in bleeding gums.”


Amin AH, Mehta BR. Bronchodialator alkaloid (vasicinone) from Adhatoda vasica. Nature. 1959; 184:1317.

Homemade tooth powder

When you feel that your toothpaste is not good enough to maintain good oral health, it is always nice and easy to switch to natural herbal tooth powder. This homemade tooth powder is made out of dried mint leaves, cloves and rock salt. Mint leaves are natural anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and treats bad odor. Cloves are rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy teeth and gums. Cloves are used since ancient times to treat pain in gums. Salt helps to improve the texture and color of the teeth when used on a regular basis. Click here to know the recipe to prepare the herbal tooth powder.

Indian nettle (kuppaimeni)

Indian nettle, also called as kuppaimeni, is a herb that is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial by nature, which helps to treat gum diseases effectively. It also helps to prevent bacterial infection getting worse. This herb is used since ancient times in Ayurveda and siddha to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. This herb also prevents plaque. Click here to know how to use Indian nettle.

Areca nut

Areca nut, also called as betel nut, contains many medicinal properties that are very helpful in treating dental issues, especially tooth pain and bad odor. Tooth pain caused by decay, injury, fracture, surgery, filling and tooth fall, can be treated by areca nut. Click here to know how to use areca nut to treat tooth ache.

Neem tooth brush

Neem is considered as sarva roga nivaarani by Indian VEDAS, meaning “one that cures all ailments and diseases” The neem tree has been in use in traditional Indian medicine for more than 5000 years. Indian Ayurveda speaks of about 130 biologically active compounds obtained from various parts of the neem tree that are used in preparation of various medicines. Click here to know how to use neem twig as a tooth brush.

Please note: Regular brushing, flossing and using mouth wash, will improve oral hygiene.

Expert Medical Opinion – By Dr. Pavithra Dilip, BDS

1.  Why does a person experience mouth odour?
The most common cause of bad odour is poor oral hygiene. Other cause are smoking , dry mouth, tonsillitis, sinus or throat infections, respiratory infections and gastric reflux disease.
2. Do bad gums cause early tooth fall?
Yes, bad gums predisposes to early tooth fall.
3. How does one maintain healthy gums and teeth?
  • Brush teeth twice daily
  • Floss teeth regularly
  • Use the right tooth paste and mouthwash
  • Rinse mouth after eating
  • Routine dental check up
In addition, the following dietary tips can be followed:
  1. Eat high fibre fruits and vegetables 
  2. Avoid starchy foods
  3. Reduce alcohol consumption
  4. Avoid carbonated soft drinks and candies

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.