There are many potential causes for swollen gums, and these can be a result of injury, of infection, of allergies or more. This can look unpleasant, result in the gums being sensitive to touch, and can lead to further complications if ignored.
It is important to try and address the problem of swollen gums and the best way to do this is to see a hygienist. However in the interim there are some steps you can take to address the issue yourself and some popular home remedies for swollen gums are listed below.
Rinse With a Saline Solution
The first home remedy is to try rinsing with a mixture of salt and water (called a saline solution). This is a natural antibacterial and can help to fight infections and to prevent further infections by killing off bacteria. It’s also good for your general oral hygiene and your breath.
Use a Homemade Mouthwash
Similarly it is possible to make homemade mouthwash by using either water and peroxide or water and baking soda and using this as a mouth rinse. Use this several times a day to prevent the build up and flourishing of bacteria.
If you gums are swollen then they are likely to be very sensitive. However you should still brush and massage the teeth, only trying not to cause any discomfort or to risk breaking the skin. Do this by lightly using a toothbrush or using your finger with some toothpaste on it. This will help to encourage blood flow to the area which can help your gums to fight off the infection. At the same time it will prevent further build up of plaque and bacteria. Alternatively you can try using cotton buds to gently massage the area.
Drink Lots of Water
Your saliva is designed to break down food, kill bacteria and to generally wash your mouth, so try to encourage the production of saliva try to drink lots of water. The water itself will meanwhile help to wash away bacteria and keep your mouth clean.
A warm compress held against your face can help you to alleviate any pain or discomfort, while a cold compress can help to reduce the swelling. Make a rice sock by heating rice in a sock in the microwave until it’s warm, then hold this against your face, making sure to move it around.
Clove oil is a popular natural home remedy used to fight tooth and gum infection. Mix with a little black pepper and then apply to the swollen gum.