We always take care of our physical health but often forget about oral hygiene. Since childhood, we are taught to brush twice a day to keep our teeth and gums healthy. But only brushing might not be sufficient to keep your dental health in check. There are various reasons why gums can feel sore and painful.
You might be taking everything too seriously and brushing harder than required. It might also be possible that your gums are sore or tender, causing pain. Sometimes, if you have dentures or braces, your gums might start hurting. In this article, we will understand the common longevity of this problem, how to treat it, and when to pay your dentist a visit. In this article let’s check how we get quick relief from gum pain.
How Long Do Gum Pains Last?
The duration of gum pain generally depends on its cause of it. Generally, a simple injury or poor brushing habits cause pain and it takes approximately 10 days to treat itself. It might be possible that your gums start feeling better sooner but the complete recovery time can always vary. If the reason behind your gum pain is a disease, it can only be healed after getting proper treatment from the dentist.
If your gum pain is minor and there isn’t an underlying reason, here are the top 5 quick remedies that will give you instant relief!
5 Home Remedies To Follow
Now, let’s talk about some simple remedies that will give you quick relief from that constant pain –
- Compression (Hot or Cold)
One of the most famous home remedies for any pain is hot or cold compression. The reason is that it gives your pain area a soothing feeling without prescription medicines. Apply constant compression on your gums. You can go for either hot or cold compression, depending on your comfort level.
For hot compression, heat water but don’t boil it. It should be good enough to tolerate. Now take a towel and soak it in the hot water. Let go of any excess water and place it on your face (the area where your gum is painful). Continue this for 10-15 minutes, twice a day for effective results.
For cold compression, wrap some ice in a cloth and follow the same procedure as above.
If you don’t feel comfortable with a single temperature, you can use both hot and cold compressions alternatively.
- Turmeric Paste
Turmeric is a famous natural ingredient that’s been used for ages. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help in reducing gum swelling and pain. Making this paste doesn’t take much time.
Mix 1/4 tsp turmeric with water and create the paste. Apply it to the affected area and keep it there for 5 minutes. Rub it and massage the area in a circular motion. Make sure you rinse your mouth so that there’s no residue left.
- Salt Water
Another effective remedy is rinsing your mouth with salt water. It heals painful gums and prevents bacterial growth.
To begin, warm water in a cup but don’t boil it. Add a tsp of salt and gargle with this mix. Remember not to swallow this water and follow this method two times a day till the pain subsides.
- Tea Bags
Tea bags have multiple healing properties. But remember not to pick any tea for it. Always use green, hibiscus, or black tea as their leaves have astringent properties. This makes them a great home remedy for aching gums.
Soak the tea bag in boiling water and let it out after 5 minutes. Let the bag cool off and then apply it to the affected area.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is famous for its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties and that’s why it is ideal for gum pain relief. All you have to do is mix a few drops of oil in water and use it instead of mouthwash. If you are unable to do that, try to find toothpaste with tea tree oil as one of the main ingredients.
When to See A Doctor?
When gum pain is immense and home remedies aren’t working, it is time to visit your dentist. In a few situations, gum pain can be because of other underlying problems. If the gum pain is consistent, troubling your sleep/food, or is accompanied by other problems, do visit the doctor soon.
There are many more remedies for quick relief from gum pain, including a homemade dental spray, oral gels, hydrogen peroxide, and over-the-counter painkillers. You should also keep a check on your nutrition to make sure that such problems don’t occur in the first place. If still, there’s something lacking and the pain revives, go to a professional for treatment. Don’t take your oral health lightly as it plays a major role in keeping your overall fit.
Dr. Edward Zelman
Dr. Edward Zelman works as a Neurologist with the expertise of over 15 years, helping more than thousands to get back in complete health through his research-proven treatments. He earned his Masters from Harvard University and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Edward Zelman is one of the notable names in the medical industry for his work in pain management, chronic disorder, and so on. He is also a former faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At present, Dr. Edward Zelman is researching safe and effective natural remedies that can restore as well as maintain the youthful functioning of the body.
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