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7 Remedies to Relieve Throbbing Gum Pain at Home

Are you suffering from sore gums? Luckily, there are many at-home remedies that provide relief from throbbing gum pain. However, you should still consult with your dentist about gum pain as it may be a sign of a serious oral health problem. 

To determine and treat the cause of your painful gums, schedule an appointment with Lifetime Family Dental. In the meantime, we want to help relieve your pain as soon as possible so we put together this guide on how to soothe your sore, throbbing gums with various home remedies. 

What Do Throbbing Gums Mean?

Throbbing gums often mean that there is an injury to or an infection of your gums. There is a wide range of possible causes of gum pain, including: 

  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Friction from retainers, dentures, or other dental devices
  • Hormonal changes in women, especially during pregnancy
  • Canker sores
  • Gum disease
  • Oral thrush
  • Oral or throat cancer

If your pain persists or interferes with your ability to eat or sleep, contact your dentist as soon as possible. 

Seven Home Remedies for Relief from Throbbing Gum Pain 

1. Saltwater Rinse

If bacteria are causing your sore gums, rinsing twice a day with warm saltwater should help reduce swelling and relieve the pain. The salt helps remove bacteria from your gums and prevents more bacteria from growing. Create a saltwater rinse by adding one teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water and mixing the solution.

2. Hot or Cold Compress

Applying a hot or cold compress to your face can help reduce gum pain and swelling. For a hot compress, run a clean washcloth under warm water, then squeeze out all of the excess water. You can make a cold compress by wrapping an ice pack in a clean washcloth, as direct contact with the ice pack can damage your skin. Apply your hot or cold compress for no longer than fifteen minutes at a time to further protect your skin. 

3. Essential Oils

If you have a clean, unused spray bottle handy, you can make your own dental spray. Peppermint, clove, and oregano essential oils have natural properties that reduce pain and inflammation and promote circulation. 

Fill your spray bottle with water and add four or five drops of your choice of essential oil. Dilute the essential oil by adding one ounce of carrier oil like sweet almond or coconut oil. Then gently shake the bottle and spray the solution onto your gums. Finally, swish with water and spit to avoid swallowing the essential oils.

4. Herbal Paste

An herbal paste made from cloves or turmeric can also help reduce pain. Mix powdered cloves or turmeric with warm water until it creates a paste. Then apply the paste directly to your gums and, after a few minutes, rinse your mouth with water. You can continue to use this method as often as you need.

5. Warm Tea Bags

The tannins in tea kill bacteria and can reduce gum pain. To best benefit from tea tannins, steep a tea bag in boiled water. Remove the tea bag after a few minutes and wait for it to cool until it is only warm. Then you can apply the tea bag directly to your gums for up to five minutes. The best tea bags to use are ginger and chamomile because they help reduce inflammation. Black tea and green tea are also good choices because they are high in tannins.

6. Over-the-Counter Gel or Medication

There are several over-the-counter solutions like medicated oral gel and pain-relieving medication. Oral gels containing benzocaine help numb the area and OTC painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen help reduce discomfort. 

7. Healthy Diet

Lastly, eating a healthy diet is always beneficial to your health. Your body needs vitamin C, calcium, and folic acid to strengthen your teeth and fight off tooth decay. Foods that are rich in these nutrients include broccoli, strawberries, dairy, peas, and avocados. 

Treating Gum Pain in Gilbert

Even if you find relief from your throbbing gum pain at home, your pain may return if you don’t find and treat the root of the problem. Don’t hesitate to contact the compassionate staff at Lifetime Family Dental if you are experiencing sore gums. We’ll determine the cause of your discomfort and discuss your treatment options. Call 480-558-4331 today to schedule an appointment. 

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