There are many reasons why people suffer from gum pain. The most common reason is gum infection. If your gums are currently painful and swollen, it’s best to consult your dentist to get a definitive diagnosis. Meanwhile, relieve the pain—and perhaps fight the root cause—using the following home remedies for gum pain.
Natural home remedies for gum pain – How to cure gum pain quickly
Remedy #1: Garlic (Allium sativum)
Allicin in garlic is responsible for its various medicinal capabilities and distinctive smell. Studies show that allicin exhibits antibacterial activities against oral pathogenic bacteria. In one study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, researchers concluded that garlic extract is capable of fighting multidrug-resistant and non-multidrug-resistant Streptococcus mutans, which causes tooth decay.
The downside of taking commercial garlic preparations is, in their effort to get rid of the odor, manufacturers also lower, if any, the amount of allicin. The best way to benefit from allicin’s healing power is to use fresh, crushed garlic cloves, and then apply on the painful area. You see, crushing triggers the formation of allicin.
Remedy #2: Warm Salt Water Mouthwash
Salt has been used as a preservative and medicine for thousands of years. Today, there are some studies that focus on its wound healing and analgesic activities. Warm salt water works because it increases the flow of blood to the affected area, thus encouraging wound healing.
So, how does it help with gum pain? As I have said, gum pain could be a symptom of infection. Since bacteria loves an acidic environment, rinsing with salt water helps create an alkaline environment to reduce bacterial count.
Salt is also an astringent. Meaning, it can alleviate gum pain by reducing inflammation. When you use warm salt water for gum pain, it dehydrates the expanded cells to decrease inflammation and swelling.
To make your own warm salt water (saline solution) solution, simply dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of common salt in warm water. Rinse with this solution at least twice a day. Remember not to swallow it to avoid stomach irritation.
Remedy #3: Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an effective alternative treatment for oral diseases because of its antibacterial properties. A study has shown that compared to a garlic and chlorhexidine, a disinfectant, tea tree oil doesn’t only fight off Streptococcus mutans, but also other oral microorganisms. Compared to a garlic, it causes less burning sensation, nausea, disagreeable taste, and bad breath.
For gum pain relief, you can apply a tea tree oil directly to the affected area, use it as a gargle, or put a drop on your toothpaste. Remember, never swallow it.
Before trying any of these three natural remedies for gum pain, make sure to pay your dentist a visit first. The remedies and tips offered in this article should not serve as a complete replacement to your doctor’s advice or other established dental treatments.