Red gums. Swelling gums. Bleeding gums. Sore gums. All these gum-related conditions can be a real pain. Gingival swelling, commonly called an inflammation of the gums, often causes considerable pain around the teeth. There are various prescription drugs, toothpastes or creams that can help relieve pain in this fleshy part in the mouth located just below the teeth.
For those who hate going to the dentist or avoid using gum treatments, treating painful gums with homemade remedies is possible.
There are a variety of herbal and homeopathic treatments to treat gum problems like gingivitis, periodontitis and several other problems.
Here are things you can try on your own to sooth the area around your teeth. Try these home remedies for swollen gums.
Sea salt solution
The best home product that gives relief is a combination of water and sea salt. Sea salt water will reduce swollen gums and draw topical bacteria out of any abscesses. For a sea salt solution, dissolve a small amount of sea salt in a glass of warm water. Swish around this solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out. Repeat several times, daily.
Apply tea bags
In case of swollen or bleeding gums, place a tea bag steeped in boiled water and cooled on the affected area of your gums for about five minutes. The key is tannic acid in the tea bag that works effectively to relieve gum infection.
Honey is such a wonderful ingredient of nature, but did you know it is an effective gum pain reliever? Yes, honey’s natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties help it in treating your infected gums. Whether dilute it as a mouthwash, include in toothpaste, or just rub it on the problem area of your gums after brushing your teeth, it will soothe your aching gums.
A paste made from lemon juice and salt offers a win-win solution for treating gum disease. Apply salt-lemon paste to your teeth, and let it sit there for a few minutes. After that gargle with warm water to rinse it off.
Tea tree oil
Take a few drops of tea tree oil or melaleuca oil on a cotton swab and apply to the gums. It will help relieve receding gums.
Vitamin C powder
Vitamin C powder can be applied directly to gums to relieve pain and bleeding. Regular application of the powder packed with antioxidants also helps in tightening the gums and slowing the progression of periodontal disease. Foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, grapes, kiwi, mango, papaya and strawberry provide the same benefits.
Brush with baking soda
Sodium bicarbonate, most commonly known as baking soda, is a well-known remedy for toothaches and gum pains. This antacid neutralizes the acids in your mouth thereby preventing the dental decay and gum disease. Make a paste with a small amount of baking soda and warm water and use it to brush your teeth thoroughly, especially around the gum line.
These homemade remedies are generally thought to be safe and effective for both adults and children, but it””””””””s always best to consult a dentist or periodontist if the gum pain persists so long.