Gum pain is a symptom of a number of dental health problems including periodontal disease, burns, growths, lesions, abrasions and infections. There are a number of home remedies for gum pain. Some are so simple that necessary ingredients can be found in almost everyone’s pantry. However, it is strongly advised that you visit your dental health professional as soon as you experience gum pain in order to diagnose and treat the underlying condition causing it.
Many times simple household items can serve as medicine. Baking soda for example, can be used to treat gum pain caused by bacteria, such as in the case of gingivitis or other forms of periodontal disease. Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply to the affected area. Be careful, though: this remedy cannot be used more then once every few days since overuse can actually irritate gum tissue further.
Another common household item that can soothe gum pain is black or green tea. Hold a wet tea bag against the area of your gums that is swollen or tender. Tea leaves contain tannic acid, which, besides being an astringent, is also said to have some pain-relieving properties.
Ice is one of the most effective ways of treating gum pain caused by inflammation. It reduces swelling and also helps to numb the area. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the affected area.
Leslie Salkin, D.D.S., director of postgraduate periodontics and professor of periodontology at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, recommends rinsing with one glass of lukewarm water mixed with 1 tsp. salt to soothe swollen gums. If you have an abscess, the salt will also help to drain it.
Finally, according to Kenneth Kornman, D.D.S., Ph.D., clinical professor and former chairman of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, removing bacteria with regular flossing and brushing can provide short-term pain relief for gum pain. Start by carefully flossing to help dislodge debris that may be causing irritation. After flossing, use a soft toothbrush to gently brush your teeth. Finish by rinsing with warm water mixed with an over-the-counter mouthwash. Developing and sustaining good oral hygiene habits is the best way to prevent gum pain and disease in the future.