3 Surprising Home Remedies For Gum Pain

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Gum pain can be caused by gingivitis, pregancy, menopause, braces, dentures, or infection. While you should always see your dental professional to determine the source of your pain, there are a few things that your dental hygienist may recommend that you do at  home in the meantime. Here are three surprising home remedies for easing gum pain and how they work.

1. Saltwater

Rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution can dramatically reduce gum pain. Saltwater not only helps relieve inflammation, but it is also thought to have potent antibacterial properties. If you have a gum infection, the saltwater may help diminish the oral bacterial count, and may also help dampen swelling, diminish bleeding, and reduce excessive redness.

While saline water can help bring relief, only swish it for a second or two, and never swallow the saltwater. If you routinely rinse with saltwater, make sure you tell your dental hygienist when you go for your checkup. Prolonged exposure to saltwater can dry out, or even dehydrate your oral tissue, and change its appearance. If your mouth becomes too dry as a result of your saltwater rinses, your hygienist may be able to recommend an enzyme-based oral rinse to help restore moisture. 

2. Tannic Acid

Another effective home remedy for not only gum pain, but for toothaches as well, is tannic acid. This substance is abundantly found in tea and can help dampen inflammation, reduce pain, and may even help decrease oral bacteria counts.

While drinking tea may help, placing a used tea bag on the affected area may have a stronger effect on symptom relief.  After steeping a tea bag in warm water, carefully squeeze out the excess liquid and gently press it to the affected area on your gum for a few minutes to help relieve your pain. 

3. Baby Teething Gel

Over-the-counter baby teething gel is a very effective treatment for oral pain in adults. Simply apply a small amount to the painful area on your gum, and almost instantly, you will notice a numbing sensation. 

While the pain relief from analgesic gels is not permanent or even long-lasting, it can help provide temporary relief for discomfort until you see your dentist. Follow the instructions on the label of the product, and do not use more than the recommended dosage.   

If you develop gum pain, inflammation, excessive redness, or prolong bleeding, see your dentist or call your dental hygienist. The sooner oral problems are recognized and addressed, the less likely you will be to experience infection, further pain, and even gingival tissue damage. 

For more information, contact a dental hygienist in your area.