Do you have swollen gums? Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? If so, you suffer from ‘gingival swelling’ or “gingivitis/periodontitis” in medical terminology.
You probably often go through a lot of discomfort and pain that makes daily life difficult for you. Eating meals or even drinking slightly cool water sends shudders down your spine because of the swelling in your gums.
You want to help ward off the swelling and the discomfort? Well, the good news is you can alleviate a lot of your symptoms at home, with DIY remedies.
Note: Gum disease is not curable/treatable at home. If you have periodontitis, they need professional intervention to treat it.
Let us firstly understand the causes of the swelling and what are the usual symptoms seen. We shall then delve into the remedies in detail. Keep reading!
What Causes Swollen Gums?
Swollen gums are commonly caused by –
- Plaque and tartar in your mouth can lead to gum swelling (Gingivitis)
- When the gingival infection progresses, gum swelling is sustained in the mouth (Periodontitis)
- Viral or fungal infections
- Irritation due to dental fixtures
- Allergies and sensitivity to dental products or food
- Gum injury
Symptoms For Swollen Gums
Some of the common symptoms that come with this condition include –
- Bleeding of the gums
- Red and swollen gums
- Increase in the gaps between the teeth
- Bad breath
Here are 14 of the most effective home remedies to give you relief from swollen gums. Let’s have a look!
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Swollen Gums
- Salt Water
- Clove Oil
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Essential Oils
- Lawsonia Inermis Leaves
- Castor Seed Oil
- Babul Tree Bark
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Vanilla Extract
- Epsom Salt
1. Salt Water
You Will Need
- 1 tablespoon salt
- A glass of warm water
What You Have To Do
Add the salt to a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this in the morning and at night, and also after meals.
Why This Works
Salt water is one of the most commonly used remedies for oral problems. It neutralizes the mouth’s pH and soothes the inflamed gums (3). It also helps to alleviate the swelling with its anti-inflammatory properties.
You should remember that the relief will only be temporary with this remedy.