(Natural News) Your gums can hurt for many reasons – from canker sores, braces and gingivitis to even cancer of the mouth. Fortunately, several home remedies exist that can help you with your mild gum pain. Here are five of these natural treatments. (h/t to MedicalNewsToday.com)
You can create a homemade dental spray using four or five drops of essential oils mixed with an ounce of water. Clove, oregano and peppermint essential oils have properties that may be able to reduce inflammation and decrease your gum pain. Pour your solution into a small spray bottle, shake it and spray it onto the affected area.
Do not swallow the essential oils. Swish it with water after spraying and then spit it out.
Make a warm cup of water on the stove, pour it into a cool glass, and add between a quarter teaspoon to one teaspoon of salt. Mix the solution well, take a sip and gargle with it before spitting it out. Do this at least twice a day until the swelling and pain subside.
Gargling with salt water helps decrease the amount of bacteria on your gums. It can also help reduce any swelling that is causing your gum pain.
Hot or cold compresses
To make a hot compress, dip a clean piece of cloth into hot (not boiling) water for several seconds. Wring out the excess water and then gently press the cloth onto the area where your gum pain is located. For a cold compress, wrap an ice pack or several ice cubes in a clean cloth and gently press it onto the affected area.
Use either a hot or cold compress until the pain subsides. You can also alternate between both kinds of compresses until the swelling disappears.
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Obtain some cloves, turmeric or any plant from the Spilanthes genus. Grind it into a powder and mix it with warm water. Continue mixing the formula until the consistency of the mixture becomes paste-like. Apply this paste directly onto the gums and keep it there for several minutes before rinsing it off. Keep applying the paste as often as you need until the pain or inflammation disappears completely.
An herbal paste made from the above-mentioned plants can help reduce gum pain and inflammation. These herbs have long been used for their pain-relieving properties. (Related: Horseradish treats a variety of health conditions, from asthma to toothache to gout pain.)
Steep a teabag in a cup of boiled water for up to five minutes. Afterward, remove the tea bag and, while it’s still hot but cool enough to touch, apply it directly onto your gums for five minutes.
Teas high in astringent tannins such as green, black and hibiscus tea can kill some of the bacteria irritating your gums, thus reducing gum pain. On the other hand, some teas such as ginger and chamomile can help reduce inflammation in your gums.
Gum pain can be unbearable and affect your daily activities, but you can safely and effectively manage it with natural home remedies. For more tips on how to reduce pain and inflammation, visit Remedies.news.