Turning the Frown Upside Down
The quickest and simplest tonic for what ails you is salt. But that doesn't mean you can just order some french fries from the local greasy-spoon restaurant and call it a day. You'll want to floss your teeth, brush with a soft bristle toothbrush and then gently rub your gums with salt. If you do this three times a week, even once your gums are perfectly healthy, you'll keep the problem from recurring [source: Simple-Remedies.com]. Avoid rubbing too hard. If you create a sore from scouring your gums intensely, you may create the problem you were trying to avoid.
Another one-ingredient remedy is clove oil. Remember that your gums are swelling as a result of bacteria. Clove oil fights bacteria and soothes pain. Using a cotton swab, apply the oil to the affected areas. You may also want to rinse your mouth with a solution of water and a few drops of clove oil. Repeat twice daily [source: Simple-Remedies.com].
- Salt and ginger -- Create a cream and apply twice a day
- Castor oil and camphor -- Mix into a paste and gently massage on gums in the morning and night
- Essence of rose flower and lemon -- Swish around in mouth several times a day
- Lemon and warm water -- Gargle and rinse while symptoms persist
For more time-intensive solutions, consider lighting a sheesham tree branch. The foam that comes out of the end of the twig can be used on the gums to prevent swelling and even stop bleeding. Alternately, ajwain can be roasted, ground and applied to your tender gums for relief [source: Natural-HomeRemedies.org ].
Once your gums have returned to their normal size and color, remember to keep them healthy with a daily cleaning routine. Floss before brushing, use a soft-bristled brush with an organic toothpaste and make sure to brush at least twice a day. Drink plenty of water and avoid mouthwashes that include alcohol and other chemicals which can irritate your gums [source: The Mouth Doctor].
It's hard to smile when you're dealing with pain and discomfort. You also don't really want to smile if you're revealing irritated gums in the process. But if you use these home remedies, you won't just have to grin through closed lips and bear it.
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- Better Medicine. "Swollen Gums." (Sept. 8, 2011) http://www.bettermedicine.com/article/swollen-gums
- The Mouth Doctor. "Swollen Gums." (Sept. 8, 2011) http://www.oramd.com/swollengums.htm
- Natural Home-Remedies.org. "Home Remedies for Swelling of Gums." (Sept. 8, 2011) http://www.natural-homeremedies.org/homeremedies_swelling-gums.htm
- SimpleRemedies.com. "Home Remedies for Swollen and Painful Gums." March 5, 2011 (Sept. 8, 2011) http://www.simple-remedies.com/oral-health/swollen-gums-pain-causes-remedies.html