When you think about dental health, you are more likely to just think about preventing cavities in your teeth and keeping your breath fresh. It is, however, also important to pay attention to your gums as it plays a significant role not only in your dental health but also to your overall well being. Swollen and bleeding gums are usually signs of gum disease. However, there are a number of other things that could be causing your gum problems such as the following:
1. Gingivitis – the most common cause of swollen gums, where gums become red, swollen and bleed 2. Periodontitis – referring to inflammation around tooth and is the advanced state of gingivitis 3. Nutritional deficiency – lack of important vitamins such as Vitamin B and C 4. Mouth infections – caused by virus and fungi such as herpes and thrush
Finding out which one exactly caused your gum problems would, of course, require that you consult your dentist. If for some reason, you cannot get immediate medical attention, there are several steps that you can take to at home in order to minimize gum damage and relieve discomfort. Here are some of them:
Salt and Warm Water -
By gargling water with a higher sodium content you can kill almost if not all the bacteria that caused your swollen gums. It also helps to prevent infections that might lead to other health issues. Simply dissolve about 2-3 teaspoons of salt to a cup of warm water and your mouth with it focusing on your gums. Repeat this cleansing process 2-3 times a day or as necessary.
Apply Turmeric Paste -
Turmeric is a common household spice which is also popular as an ideal home remedy for swollen gums. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. To make the paste, simply mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder with a little water. Apply the paste and leave it on for about five minutes.
Black Tea Bags -
The bags have tannins in them that can help reduce inflammation. They also have antioxidant properties promoting good oral health. Just place a bag in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Allow it to cool to a bearable temperature and hold the tea bag on the affected area of your gums for 10 to 15 minutes.
Aloe Vera -
This plant also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help prevent the growth of plaque-causing bacteria and soothe inflamed gums. Just take the gel with your clean finger and rub the gel on the affected gums. Gently massage for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse with warm water.
A Cold Compress -
If you’re out of all those mentioned above, the old cold compress remedy should also work. It can provide quick relief for sore or swollen gums, by helping to reduce pain and preventing further swelling. Just hold the compress against your face for about five minutes or until you feel the area becoming a bit numb. A bag of frozen peas in a thin towel works well too. Remember only to hold the compress against your face and not directly on the swollen gums.
If you think you may be having gum issues, Dr. Laizure and Dr. Castillo at Walla Walla Dental Care would love to see you. Give us a call today at 509-525-4833 to get on the books.