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Olive Oil: Endorsed the world over for its antioxidant properties, olive oil has healthy fats that are great for the heart. It’s also known to combat certain cancerous agents in the body. Best used as a drizzle for salads, olive oil can be used for low-heat cooking and light stir-frying.

Though we do everything we can to get that beautiful smile, we often neglect the health of our gums.

Bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis or periodontal diseases, which often stem from an infection and affect around 50 percent Americans. Frequent irritation and inflammation of the gums can be linked to platelet disorder or leukemia, too.

While it’s wise to consult a dentist if your gums bleed often, there are some simple home remedies that could save you from that trip. Did you know that olive oil can stop your gums bleeding?

How It Works
Rich in oleic acid and flavonoids, olive oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can curb the breeding of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus bacteria, which are often the root cause of gum diseases. [1,2]

Olive oil’s omega-3 fats protect against inflammation-induced tissue loss caused by periodontal diseases. A randomized double blind clinical trial conducted on 20 subjects suffering from chronic periodontitis found that topical application of ozonated olive oil prevented inflammation of the gums. [3]

How To Use It

  • Take a teaspoon of olive oil and swish it around your mouth for a couple of seconds before spitting it away. Do this every morning to get rid of toxins and keep your gums healthy.
  • Alternatively, you can massage your gums with a few drops of olive oil every morning and night.

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References:

1. Singh A, Purohit B. Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health. J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2011 Apr;2(2):64-8. doi: 10.4103/0975-9476.82525. PubMed PMID: 21760690; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3131773.

2. Singla N, Acharya S, Martena S, Singla R. Effect of oil gum massage therapy on common pathogenic oral microorganisms – A randomized controlled trial. J Indian Soc Periodontol. 2014 Jul;18(4):441-6. doi: 10.4103/0972-124X.138681. PubMed PMID: 25210256; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4158583.

3. Patel PV, Patel A, Kumar S, Holmes JC. Effect of subgingival application of topical ozonated olive oil in the treatment of chronic periodontitis: a randomized, controlled, double blind, clinical and microbiological study. Minerva Stomatol. 2012 Sep;61(9):381-98. PubMed PMID: 22976566.

With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.