Have you experienced waking up one day and finding out you have swollen gums? If so, you will find that inflamed gums are both painful and uncomfortable. Swelling of gums lasting more than two or three days needs urgent medical attention but if you are still observing, here are a few tips on how you can soothe this dreaded discomfort.
1. Rinse your mouth with salt water
Gargling with a saltwater solution is an easy and cheap hack to relieve swollen gums. Dentists often recommend this solution because it does not irritate the mucous membranes as a dental mouthwash does. Rinsing your mouth with salt water also temporarily increases your mouth’s pH balance which makes it difficult for bacteria to survive. To do this, just add half a teaspoon full of salt in warm water and gargle for thirty seconds before spitting out. Repeat this process at least two or three times a day.
2. Brush and floss regularly
Gums swell due to gingivitis which is a type of gum disease caused by poor oral hygiene. When you have gingivitis your gums become red and puffy. It is easily irritated and results in bleeding. Normally, gingivitis can be cured by brushing your teeth and flossing regularly. You can also gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash afterwards for good measure.
3. Avoid unhealthy food & drinks
Caffeinated drinks such as soda and coffee, as well as alcohol will irritate the gums further and provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Since bacteria favours a more acidic environment, consuming these drinks can only lead to irritation and other dental problems. Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet so that you can get all the necessary nutrients your body needs to help maintain good oral health.
For more information about gum swelling and other dental concerns, it is always better to consult your dentist. A team of professional dentists can take their time during consultation to ensure you get the best advice you deserve.