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How to Get Rid of Swollen Gums (Useful Home Remedies)

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How to Get Rid of Swollen Gums (Useful Home Remedies)

Swollen gums are quite common these days. While Gingivitis is considered the usual suspect, it is good that you are not too quick to point fingers. According to dentists, this condition may not necessarily come as a result of gum disease.

In fact, other factors such as pregnancy, malnutrition, dental appliances and medications have been proven to be common causes as well. If you suffer from swollen gums all is not lost for you. Don’t rush to the hospital until you try some proven remedies to get rid of the condition. You will be happy you did.

Here are top ways to get rid of swollen gums

1. lemon water

lemon water

Fresh lemon contains lots of nutrients, including pectin fibre, Vitamin A and C, potassium and calcium. Better yet, it has been seen to have antibacterial properties, making it a great remedy for swollen gums. Firstly, it gets rid of all the microbes that may be causing the swollen gums.

Secondly, the nutrients it contains make up for any deficiency of vitamins and minerals that may otherwise be causing your gums to swell. And lastly, its alkalizing nature turns the environment in your mouth difficult for any bacteria to survive. Now here’s what you need to do:

You will need...

  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 glass of warm water

Directions

Cut the fresh lemon in two halves and squeeze the juice into the glass of warm water. Sip the lemon water and swirl it inside your mouth and then spit it out. Repeat this process and then rinse your mouth using the same lemon water. Wait for about 10 minutes and then rinse your mouth again, but this time with clean water to remove the acidic taste.

2. Cold and warm compresses

hot-compress

Cold and warm compresses can come in handy when you have swollen gums, quickly giving you some relief from the pain. Here’s what you need to do.

You will need...

  • A clean cloth
  • A bowl of warm water
  • A bag of some frozen peas
  • A thin towel

Directions

Start by soaking the clean cloth in the bowl of warm water. Wring out all the excess fluid. Now hold the cloth against the face for about 5 minutes. Take the frozen peas and wrap them in a thin towel, holding the bag against the face. Keep it that way until you feel that the area is slightly numb.

Repeat this cycle for 2 to 3 times. As a rule of thumb, ensure that you compress against the face and not directly on your swollen gum.

3. Rinse the mouth with salt water

Salt water happens to be one of the oldest remedy, and it does work perfectly well. Salt is known to be a natural disinfectant, thus helping you get rid of the microbes inside your mouth. This in turn heals the swollen gums.

You will need...

  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of table salt
  • 1/2 to 1 glass of warm water

Directions

Put the salt into the glass of water and mix well. When completely dissolved, take some of the water inside your mouth, swishing it evenly. Spit after several seconds, and then repeat the process until the water in the glass is finished.

You can rinse your mouth about 2 to 3 times per day until the swollen gums completely heal.

4. Hydrogen peroxide

hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is very effective in killing germs and frighting oral problems. However, if you are going to use this remedy ensure that you have the food grade hydrogen peroxide, 3% solution only. Good? Well, here the how to use it:

You will need...

  • 1/2 glass of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
  • 1/2 glass of water

Directions

Start by mixing equal parts of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. You could mix the entire 1/2 glasses or less. Now swish the solution in your mouth, going around the gums and teeth, for about 30 seconds. Rinse it off with some warm water

Tip/Note

To make the healing faster and more effective, you could also add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in the hydrogen peroxide so that you have a fine paste. Rub the paste around the gums and wait for about 1 minute before rinsing the mouth thoroughly with water.

5. Clove oil

Clove oil is considered a ‘grandma’s secret remedy’ by many people, especially when it comes to treating toothaches. Well, it does work as good with swollen gums. Eugenol, a volatile oil contained in the clove, has great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it very effective in treating swollen gums.

You will need...

  • 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of clove essential oil
  • Cotton ball

Directions

Start by mixing the olive oil with clove oil, and then soak the cotton ball. Now dab the soaked cotton ball against the swollen gums, holding it in that position for about 5 minutes.

Repeat this process a few times a day and you will see the trick happen!

6. Apply turmeric paste

Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, an ingredient known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can be very effective in reducing pain and the inflammation, not to mention prevent any more bacterial activities that may otherwise lead to more serious oral problems.

You will need...

  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 glass of warm water

Directions

This one is pretty simple. Just mix the turmeric powder with a few drops of warm water until you reach a paste. Apply the paste on your gums using a clean finger, leaving it for about 5 minutes.

Massage gently for a minute and then rinse your mouth with some warm water.

7. Massage the gums with mustard oil-salt paste

clove oil

Mustard oil also has excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties thanks to a compound known as Glucosinolate. The reason you would see massage specialist using this remedy is because it helps stimulate the blood circulation to a certain body part. Doing the same on the gums will stimulate blood flow, relieving any pain and inflammation.

You will need..

  • 1 tablespoon of mustard oil
  • A pinch of salt

Directions

Pour the oil into one of your palms and then add the pinch of salt. Mix well to get a paste. Now start massaging the gums with that paste, applying gentle pressure so that blood flow is stimulated to the area.

A lot of pressure may make the situation worse, so be very careful. Now keep on massaging for about 4 to 5 minutes and then spit it out, rinsing the mouth with clean water. Repeat this about twice a day.

Conclusion

Swollen gums can be very painful and uncomfortable. You cannot enjoy your favourite delicacies or take your morning hot coffee because of the unending pain. But don’t worry because there’s a quick solution for you.

Try these remedies and see some magic happen. They are readily available and won’t cost you more than a few pennies. Share this article and to enlighten your friends as well.

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