Everyone experiences gum pain and tenderness at some point, which could be a sign of a number of conditions, diseases and lifestyle factors. If you are suffering from tender gums, you need to visit your dentist and have a full medical evaluation to determine the underlying cause.
However, there are ways to treat the symptoms of inflamed gums, especially if you are unable to get to a medical professional immediately.
Here are three home remedies to try:
Gargling a salt water solution has long been known to aid in the treatment of many oral hygiene issues, including bad breath, swollen gums and plaque build-up.
Many people who suffer from swollen, tender gums complain of loose teeth too. After rinsing with a salt water solution of one cup warm water to one teaspoon of sea salt, many report tighter gums and a sturdier overall mouth feel.
According to Health Line, the salt will help prevent the growth of bacteria in your mouth and help decrease the bacteria on your gums, which may be causing the swelling. Rinse with warm salt water at least twice a day until swelling subsides.
Much like salt water, tea has anti-inflammatory properties and is easily accessible. Teabags can be placed directly onto the gums, and the tannins will absorb anything that irritates the gums. Be sure to choose teas that include ingredients like ginger and chamomile. These are usually in black and green teas, which are high in astringent tannins.
Long used in Indian and Eastern culture for its flavour and antibacterial properties, Turmeric can fight infections in the mouth and give comfort with its anti-inflammatory, pain numbing properties.
Turmeric is also hailed for other oral health benefits like breath freshening and teeth whitening. A 2012 study showed that curcumin in turmeric can prevent gingivitis, or gum disease.
Turmeric is already being used in the dental world as a mouthwash and a pit and fissure sealant (cavity prevention method), as well as a subgingival irrigant (for gum diseases), explains Ask The Dentist.
It reduces pro-inflammatory histamine levels and promotes the production of natural inflammation-suppressing cortisone in the body.