How to get rid of swollen gums?: Now, don’t panic. Swollen gums are very common. If you were not aware, the gum constitutes of thick, fibrous blood vessels. So when swelling occurs, the gums may bulge out (unattractively) and may take on a reddish hue, rather than the normal, healthier hue of pink. This can be an irritating state, wherein the gums become excessively sensitive and painful. They even tend to bleed easier while brushing your teeth.
Although gum swelling is not the most alarming of issues, they do require immediate attention, as they can be caused by infections, gingivitis or even pregnancy. Other causes involve dentures that are falling apart, excessive smoking or use of tobacco products, sensitivity towards mouthwash or toothpaste, and many others. There are many ways wherein you may soothe this pain; you needn’t rush to the doctor for it. Here, we talk about the 10 most effective home remedies to kiss your gum pain away! (Please note, however, that if your gum pain persists for longer than 2 weeks, medical attention must be sought). Without further ado, here are some of the best home remedies to get rid of swollen gums.
Get Rid of Swollen Gums with 10 Easy Yet Effective Home Remedies
1. Warm/cold compresses
This is usually the first step that anyone would take to obtain an instant relief for swollen gums. This helps reduce the pain and swelling. Hold the compresses up against your face, and not inside your mouth.
- Dab a clean cloth in lukewarm water and hold it against your face for 5 minutes.
- Next, dab it again, but in cold water this time and hold it against your face until your gums start becoming numb. Repeat this cycle a couple of times and use it as required.
2. Salt Water
Here’s another one of the older remedies used by my grandmother! Salt is very effective to get rid of swollen gums, because it eliminates the growth of bacteria, and helps fight potential infections that may give birth to numerous oral hygiene concerns.
- Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Afterwards, take a pinch of salt between your fingers and rub it on your gums. Do this for a few seconds.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and repeat this action as required. Do this 3 times a week, and you’re good to go!
3. Turmeric powder
In case you didn’t already know, turmeric has many healing capabilities. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help combat pain, swelling and even inflammation. Additionally, it eliminates the potential growth of bacteria in the mouth, much like salt.
- Mix a one-quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder with water to create a paste.
- Rub this paste on your gums with clean fingers. Leave this be for a good 10 minutes, then massage your gums gently for 1 minute.
- Then, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and repeat this procedure as required.
4. Aloe Vera
Is it just me, or does this bad boy appear in every HOW TO list? This again, is a brilliant remedy to help with swollen and bleeding gums. It is an herb with superpowers (well, mostly anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties) that prevent the growth of plaque that is brought on by bacteria in the mouth. Also, it helps soothe possibly inflamed gums.
- Get the gel from the aloe vera plant, and rub it on your gums.
- Gently massage your gums for a good minute or two.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and repeat as required. I’d recommend you did this a few times in a day until a visible improvement surfaces.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
Gum inflammation and general pain can be combatted using hydrogen peroxide. It can also help fight away germs and bacteria that grow in the mouth.
- Mix water and hydrogen peroxide (3% solution). Gargle with this solution, ensuring that it touches your gums for about a minute.
- Now, rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Alternatively, you may create a paste, using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Rub this on your gums and wait for a minute before rinsing it out. I would suggest that you repeat this 3 times a week to get rid of swollen gums. Grandmother approved.
6. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is always a great way to keep your oral hygiene on point, whether it pertains to inflamed gums or any other dental related issue. This is an older ayurvedic practice that my grandmother has used all her life, and she swears by this remedy. It not only helps reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth, but prevents the formation of plaque, thereby making the gums stronger. Back in her times, my grandmother didn’t use mouthwash, she only used oil.
- Swish around 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in your mouth for a good 10 minutes. Spit it out and rinse your mouth thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Brush your teeth, normally. Repeat this as required and do this before brushing your teeth daily for as long as you please: it is only good for you.
- Tip: DO NOT swallow the oil by any chance.
7. Black Tea Bags
I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. I’m not talking about ingesting tea bags. These babies are known to have tannins, which brings down any inflammation that may persist within gums. It also has antioxidant properties that extends a holistically pleasing oral hygiene, apart from helping to get rid of swollen gums.
- Boil a black tea bag in water for 2-3 minutes. Remove it and let it cool.
- Place it against your face, next to the affected area on the gums for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water (preferably with a pinch of salt in it). Repeat this procedure as required, mostly every day for a week.
8. Vitamin D
Yes, you heard it. But basking in the sun won’t do the trick! Increase your intake of vitamin D to relieve the pain as it has anti-inflammatory properties that will help bring down the swelling. Take supplements or eat vitamin D rich foods like eggs, salmon, and cod liver oil.
9. Tea Tree Oil
It has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties that provide instant relief from arrogant and inflamed gums. You may mix a few drops of this oil in water and mouthwash thrice, daily. Again, ensure you do not ingest it.
10. Balanced diet
Ensure your nutrition is proper; it is the most important for healthy gums and great oral hygiene. Make sure to take in good amounts of calcium, Vitamin C, and folic acid to say goodbye to swollen gums!
Those were some of the best home remedies to get rid of swollen gums. Remember to consult a doctor should the condition not improve within 7 days.