Regularly sipping on this herbal brew may help prevent gingivitis, a common form of gum disease characterized by red, swollen, and irritated gums. One study in the Journal of Periodontology found that among more than 900 subjects, those who drank just one cup of green tea a day showed a decrease in three indicators of periodontal disease. Green tea is high in antioxidants, which reduce inflammation in the body. Researchers suspect these molecules help counteract the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria in the mouth. Make sure you know the early signs of gum disease you shouldn’t ignore.
Swishing with hydrogen peroxide, a powerful antiseptic with antibacterial properties, may help kill bacteria in the mouth that could lead to gum disease, according to Steven Horne, DDS, a dentist in Encinitas, California. Just be sure not to swallow it; a small amount likely won’t harm you, ingesting large amounts of it can be dangerous.