Gum pain can be caused by various things, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even a cavity. If you feel any pain in your mouth or gums, it is important to seek treatment from a dentist immediately.
With simple prevention steps, you can keep your gum healthy for life. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day will help prevent plaque buildup. Make sure to meet the dentist regularly for checkups because they are trained professionals.
To know how you can stop your gum pain, check out this article.
What is gum pain?
Gum pain is not a pleasant experience. The tooth may be sore, sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, or even become infected. This could lead to inflammation in the gums and surrounding tissues like the cheeks, lips, or tongue.
Gum pain is when the periodontal ligament in your gums gets irritated.
The healthy deposits of germs, bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can build up on toothbrush bristles could also be to blame. While the bristles themselves brush against dentin, creating a duel action to dislodge plaque from tooth surfaces because they are flat-ended instead of the round end, they can easily become contaminated with these germs, causing even greater potential for germ transmission between teeth or into the gum tissue.
Healthy gums will resist penetration by brushing, but unhealthy infected gum tissue will soften – becoming vulnerable – allowing diseases to rot deep through layers of another’s skin leading to disease or infection transfer.
What works for gum pain?
Gum pain is not a very pleasant thing to experience. It can come from different reasons, which means there are multiple things you could try before ending up in the dentist’s chair. We have made this list of things that should help speed up getting rid of gum pain.
1. Clean your mouth properly! You might think that it does not matter what you do when you have that awful taste in your mouth; however, just cleaning your teeth to get rid of most food particles will give your gums a fighting chance.
2. Are you having any dental work done? If so, avoid touching the outside part of your teeth until it has healed completely. The reason being is that if the gum is irritated, this can cause a lot of pain.
3. If you have a dry mouth because, for example, you stopped smoking, try to increase saliva flow by chewing gum or eating the candy, for instance.
The reason is that the increased saliva production will help re-moisten your gums and neutralize acids in your mouth, which might irritate them even more. Also, once the gum is moist again, it will heal much faster!
4. Avoid using sharp objects like toothpicks (especially if they are pointed) as these can be very rough on your gums and make matters worse! Furthermore, always use a soft-bristled brush when brushing your teeth, especially with toothpaste that says they are suitable for sensitive gums.
5. In the worst case, you might need a root canal treatment. However, as soon as you notice something wrong with your gums, contact a dentist and schedule an appointment for a checkup.
6. If all else fails, try to get over it… However, make sure you schedule an appointment with a dentist immediately!
7. Sometimes, gum pain can become chronic or even be related to some systemic disease which means that finding the cause of the pain will be necessary before treating it successfully.
8. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease (this is where your gums start receding from your teeth), then it’s time to think about treatment such as scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning method.
Home remedies for gum pain relief:
The list of home remedies to relieve gum pain is long and includes the following: rinsing with warm salt water, brushing teeth and gums with a soft-bristled brush (even the wire bristles in a toothbrush can cause pain), flossing, and using tea tree oil. Read on for more information about these options.
Rinsing with warm salt water:
Rinsing your mouth with warm salty water may help reduce any inflammation and swelling associated with gum problems such as cavities, bleeding gums, or inflamed tissue. Warm salt solutions can also exert antibacterial effects by inhibiting bacterial growth . It’s recommended that you add about half a teaspoonful of salt to eight ounces of water (or you can use warm tap water). If this mixture is too salty for your taste, add more salt to make it stronger or less to make it weaker.
Brushing teeth and gums:
Toothbrush bristles can also cause gum pain. If you own an electric toothbrush, use the softest bristles available. The electric vibration may be soothing for inflamed or irritated gums, but people who are not used to it might find the sensation quite uncomfortable at first.
If you do not own one already, consider buying a vibrating brush that may work better than manually powered brushes for gum problem sufferers. Manual toothbrushes should only be used if they have soft wire bristles.
Even very soft nylon bristles can be too abrasive if your gums are sensitive or torn. Vigorously scrubbing your teeth and gums with a brush that that’s too firm can also cause further damage to your tissues, so it’s important to choose your toothbrush very carefully. Using a soft mitten-like brush with no bristles may be less painful for people who have inflamed or tender gums.
Brushing the teeth and gums gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush (even the wire bristles in standard toothbrushes can cause gum pain) over areas where any gum problem symptoms may help reduce inflammation and bleeding, swelling, and pain. Unfortunately, brushing too hard when already having gum pain can irritate the area even more. So when brushing, try using gentle circular motions around the affected area instead.
When flossing, if you have sensitive gums, it’s not a good idea to use the floss itself as this can cause pain. Instead, try wrapping a piece of soft waxed dental floss around your index fingers and gently rubbing the gums where you have any gum pain with it.
Tea tree oil:
Many studies have tested the benefits of tea tree oil on treating oral conditions such as gum disease, stomatitis, bad breath, and even oral ulcers. To relieve pain from inflamed tissue in your mouth, rinse your mouth out with undiluted tea tree oil for several minutes before rinsing your mouth out again with water. Then brush teeth and gums gently with salt or baking soda later that day or the next morning to remove any remaining oil.
Compressing the gums for oral health:
Try compressing the gums with your fingers. Nearly half of people with gum pain will find this to be an effective method of relief. This is done by gently squeezing and rubbing over the affected areas for about 2 minutes or so, after which you can release. You can repeat the process after every few hours until you find relief through this natural self-care technique.
Take a non-toxic, natural herb (i.e., parsley leaf) and clean it with soap and water to remove all waxes or coatings that may be present on the herb or plant leaves. Dry them for 2-3 hours under direct sunlight before boiling them in plain water, after which you should let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool down before applying directly to your gums. If you do not have access to non-toxic herbs, boil regular parsley in plain water and place it into an empty bottle cap or something similar with small holes to let the liquid out, but not too much of the parsley leaves can escape through those holes. Apply this liquid by squeezing some onto your gums.
This is a very simple and most effective way to get rid of gum pain, as long as you repeatedly do so about 3-4 times a day for at least 2 weeks.
Homemade dental spray:
If you are experiencing gum pain, spray the affected area with a dental antiseptic. You can make this at home by mixing 7 teaspoons of water with 1 teaspoon of Listerine and one crushed aspirin tablet. Use a cotton swab to apply on your gums for instant relief.
There is a homemade dental spray for gum pain. You need equal amounts of water and hydrogen peroxide, plus a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix thoroughly these ingredients in a small bowl or container. Spray the mixture into your mouth before brushing your teeth with toothpaste.
Possible Side Effects:
It can cause tooth sensitivity if you use it too often or don’t use it right after brushing your teeth.
Teabags to relieve gum pain:
In a pan of simmering water, place 2 to 3 tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and make sure that they are cooling slightly. Use one bag at a time as a compress by either pressing it directly onto your gums or placing it between gauze and holding it against your gums. Relax with this treatment for 10-15 minutes. Repeat twice daily for best results.
Use baking soda to relieve gum pain:
With baking soda and water, try to make a thick paste, using just enough water to create a thick, spreadable mixture. Apply to your teeth and gums with a cotton swab or cotton ball. Leave on for five minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Use once daily until you feel discomfort ease significantly, then use every other day as needed for maintenance. For additional oral hygiene benefits, brush with baking soda instead of toothpaste.
Take over-the-counter medications:
Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug available without a prescription that may help ease gum sensitivity caused by inflammation or infection. Another medication often used for oral health issues is acetaminophen, which can be purchased at pharmacies without a prescription in most countries. A glass of water should follow each dose.
As with any medication, ask a dentist before taking over-the-counter medications to ensure they’re appropriate for you and won’t cause other health problems.
Alovera leaf gel soothes and relieves this condition by calming down inflamed tissues and reducing redness around the affected area.
Apply Alovera leaf gel on the affected area two times a day until you feel relief from your symptoms. Then reduce to once daily as needed.
Alovera leaf gel can also be used to treat minor cuts and abrasions.
Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball or cotton swab and then apply it on the gum’s surface for about five minutes. Then rinse with warm water to get rid of any residue from the oil. Do this two times a day until you feel relief from your symptoms.
Gum massage for sore gums:
It’sIt’s possible that massaging the sore area of your gum with a clean finger will temporarily relieve pain as well as reduce some swelling. Wash under running water, dry off and lightly massage the swollen half of your gum line with your thumb or fingers for around 5 minutes. It is important not to use toothpaste or toothbrush on a swollen area since this could cause additional irritation.
Surgery for gum pain:
If these home remedies are not applicable, you may want to consider surgery. Two types of surgeries can be done depending on the cause of your gum pain. One type is scraping out of the gums called “scaling,” The dentist/surgeon scrapes off the top layer of the gums (similar to how brushing teeth would) until they become healthy again. Another type is an operation called “curettage and root planing.”
This procedure involves removing all irritants, including diseased tissue, tartar buildup, plaque, and microbial pathogens that might be aggravating your gums, plus smoothing down irregularities in the root surfaces of the teeth. The result of both procedures is healthier gum tissue.
Some side effects can occur from these surgeries, including bleeding, swelling, tenderness and even slight discomfort with chewing food for a few weeks. But overall, most people feel relief from the pain they were experiencing after any of these procedures has been performed.
In this blog post, we have provided a few ways to get rid of gum pain. We hope that you found it helpful and informative! If you want more information about other topics related to teeth or need help with your oral hygiene routine, do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time. Our team is always happy to answer questions and provide the best care possible for our customers!