Ideally, you need to visit a dentist on a regular basis, and brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. This will not let the plaque get formed on the teeth and gums. But when you fail to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine, you may encounter some problems. These problems can become really irritating and painful if they are not treated on time. For instant pain relief, you can buy a tube of topical anaesthetic, which is easily available in the market. You may also try some home remedies, which are simple and effective both.
Rub the pain away
- Gently massage your gums. It will boost blood circulation and speed up the healing process.
- Massage with coconut oil, it will effectively soothe sore gums.
- A soft wooden dental stimulator, which is available at pharmacy stores, can be used as a pain reliever.
- A tried and tested healer, calendula may help reduce the inflammation. Rub calendula cream or ointment on the gums directly.
- It may be expensive, but an electronic toothbrush can work wonders for your. It is surely a good buy, as its small, spinning head can remove food particles from the back of your mouth and save from a lot of pain.
Numb your gums
- Mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this glass of water for 30 seconds, it’ll give relief in pain and reduce swelling in the gums.
- An icepack works as a local anaesthetic and reduces pain and swelling. Wrap an icepack in a cloth, and put it on your cheek near the painful gum.
- Apply a paste of bicarbonate soda over the affected area. Bicarb kills germs that are causing pain and helps neutralise the acids they secrete. However, don’t use too much of it; overuse can damage gum tissues.
- Tea has tannic acid, which is a strong astringent that shrinks swollen tissues and helps increase blood circulation in the affected area. So, put a wet tea bag on the painful part for some relief from the pain.
- Rinse your mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide. Use water to dilute it. Hydrogen peroxide will reduce the pain and kill harmful bacteria.
Gargle and rinse
- Sage is an antiseptic and natural product that helps relieve inflammation of gums. Rinse your mouth with a solution of sage tea for a speedy recovery and prevention of gum diseases.
- Choose a mouthwash that contains cetylpyridinium chloride and gargle with it. These over-the-counter mouthwashes can heal your gums. These are alcohol based liquids, so their prolonged usage may increase the risk of oral cancer.
- Rinse you mouth with camomile tea, it is highly effective against gingivitis.
- Calcium is responsible for strong teeth. Eat calcium rich food such as dairy products, almonds, salmon (with bones) etc. or calcium supplements. Gum problems are often the precursors of periodontal osteoporosis that may result in loss of bone in the jaw and teeth. Adding calcium rich foods to your diet will help to prevent a gum disease.
- Take 200ml of warm water, add 10 drops of myrrh extract and gargle with it everyday. Since myrrh has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it protects the gums and prevents recurrence of a problem.