What is gum pain?
It may be caused by simple reasons such as brushing teeth, lip ulcers, wearing dentures, retainers or braces.
For women, this may be caused by hormonal changes, pregnancy or menopause, and may occur during their childbirth.
At other times, gum pain may be a sign of more serious oral health problems, such as thrush, gingivitis or periodontitis.
What works for gum pain?
Do choose from the following remedies if your only symptom is gum pain:
1. Saltwater rinse
Heat 1 cup of water on the stove (don’t boil-just heat up), then pour it into a cold cup. Add 1 teaspoon. Add salt to warm water and mix well.
Pour the mixture into your mouth and spit it into the sink when you are done (do not swallow).
Salt will help prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth and reduce the bacteria on the gums, which can cause swelling.
Rinse with warm saline at least twice a day until the swelling subsides.
Try hot or cold compresses to reduce the pain.
For hot compress:
After heating the water properly, remember you do not need to boil the water. Use a clean cloth, dip in the hot water and squeeze out the excess water.
Use the damp cloth to gently press the area where the gum pain occurs. Do not use this cloth directly on the gums.
For cold compresses:
Wrap the ice pack with a clean cloth and apply it in the same way as above.
Use either method until the pain subsides, or alternate between hot and cold until the swelling and inflammation disappear.
3. Herbal poultice
For gum inflammation and pain some natural herbs can help you in a great way to get relief.
Both clove powder and Spilanthes are painkillers. They have long been used as alternative oral analgesics. Anti-inflammatory powdered herbs such as turmeric may also help.
To use this treatment, mix the selected powdered herbs with a small amount of warm water until it forms a paste.
Apply the paste directly to the gums until the pain is relieved, then rinse the mouth with water.
4. Homemade dental spray
Dilute the essential oil into a spray. For this treatment, please use a small clean spray bottle without any other products in it.
Fill the bottle with water and add about five drops of selected essential oils per ounce of oil. Shake as needed and spray gently on the gums.
Carrier oils such as undiluted sweet almond oil should not be allowed to touch the skin. In addition, do not swallow essential oils. Then rinse with water and spit out.
Oils such as peppermint, oregano and cloves have natural pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and circulation-promoting properties.
Teabags can also be used to get relief from gum pain. It is very simple to use, just take a fresh bag of tea and dip in boiling water for up to 5 minutes. After the tea bag is cool enough to touch, apply it directly to painful gums for at least 5 minutes.
Choose black tea, green tea or even hibiscus tea. Teas containing anti-inflammatory herbs will be the best as tannin will absorb anything that irritates your gums and anti inflammatory herbs will soothe.
6. Oral anesthetic gels
Pharmaceutical oral gels are available in the market. These can soothe your pain as these gels contain natural and synthetic compounds that help numb and treat gum pain.
7. Over-the-counter painkillers
Simple common analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil), can help relieve pain.