Our mouths are more important than you might think. Sure, they make our smiles look super amazing. But they’re also necessary for letting us eat, talk, laugh, drink, and do so many other important things.
That’s why it can be so frustrating when our mouths just don’t feel perfect. Gum pain can cause everyday activities, like eating or brushing our teeth, to feel excruciating and uncomfortable. But you have to do these things everyday. How can you relieve the pain without quitting these necessary habits?
There are a ton of different remedies for alleviating the stinging and burning that your gums can cause. Let’s take a look through them!
What Causes Gum Pain?
While there are a lot of ways to try to fix those burning gums, there are an equally large number of things that can cause them. However, there’s a pretty good chance it might be gum disease, or periodontal disease.
Don’t worry, though! It’s extremely common. In fact, nearly half of all Americans aged 30 or older have some form of periodontal disease. The warning signs are things like red, swollen gums, sensitive teeth, bleeding, or bad breath. It’s highly treatable at early stages.
The pain in your mouth might also be gingivitis. That’s another gum disease that’s caused by bacteria and plaque build-up around the gumline. This is why it’s so important to brush your teeth twice a day, because removing that plaque can help prevent gingivitis from flaring up.
But you don’t need to have a gum disease to have a painful mouth. Your tooth brushing habits also play an important role in maintaining healthy gums. If you’re too rough with your toothbrush or you use a brush with firm bristles, you may be more prone to bleeding and pain.
And that doesn’t stop at just the brush. The kind of toothpaste you use can also irritate your gums to the max. A toothpaste made with artificial flavors, cosmetic additives, or the deceivingly irritating effects of sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS) can make your gums feel worse than they should.
Home Remedies for Alleviating Gum Pain
If you’re starting to feel like your gums are on the verge of causing you some issues, you can try some things right from your own home! Keep in mind that these aren’t replacements for proper medical care, so if your gums are really bothering you, take a visit to your dentist.
Switch Up Your Toothpaste
One of the main reasons why gum pain presents itself is because of bacterial build-up in your mouth. So one of the first courses of action to alleviate the pain is to try reducing the bacteria that’s living along your gum line.
As we mentioned earlier, the type of toothpaste you use can have an adverse effect on your oral health. This is because many toothpaste brands use harsh chemical additives that don’t serve to actually benefit your wellbeing. Artificial flavors and harmful additives can be mean to your teeth even more than they clean your teeth.
This is where Coral’s Nano Silver Toothpaste can come in handy. It contains Nano Silver, which is antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal. Our patented SilverSol formula destroys pathogenic bacteria by stealing electrons from the cell wall and imploding it. But the best part is that it won’t harm the healthy cells that are working to keep your mouth functioning properly.
The Nano Silver Toothpaste also contains above sea ECOSAFE coral calcium, which helps to neutralize acid and restore pH to the mouth. This helps to prevent bacterial growth and improve oral health overall. And with delicious, natural flavors to choose from, you’ll look forward to maintaining your oral health every single day.
Believe it or not, your old toothpaste might be doing more harm than good. It never hurts to try something new, especially when this change will help you have a healthier smile than ever before!
Hot or Cold Compress
Gum disease can cause your gums to become swollen and inflamed, which can cause a lot of soreness and discomfort. One of the best ways to reduce swollen gums is with a hot or cold compress.
Cold compresses are great for physically diluting the swelling, as it can cause the blood vessels to contract and become smaller. All you need to do is take a washcloth or ice pack and apply it to the area of your face near where the gum is swollen. It’s important not to apply anything directly to the gum itself.
A hot compress might be great for alleviating the pain associated with swelling. When using one of these, make sure you’re not using boiling water. All you need is something tolerable and warm to help soothe your tender gums.
Floss, Floss, Floss
Dentists aren’t just being thorough when they tell you that flossing is important. Flossing after each brushing routine is essential for overall oral health.
Only 16% of people claim to floss at least once a day. It’s important to floss because it reaches the areas between the teeth and along the gum line that toothbrushes just can’t reach. This can help eliminate plaque build-up and keep your gums feeling good.
A normal string of floss can be difficult to use for some people, so try using floss picks or interdental brushes to help get those hard-to-reach places in between your pearly whites.
If you have sensitive gums, flossing might be painful. You can try using a waterpik instead, at least until your gums become a bit more strengthened and you can use the real thing.
While flossing and brushing can help to scrub away the physical plaque build-up in your mouth, you still need something that can help eradicate the bacteria from every nook and cranny. Nano Silver Mouthwash has got you covered.
Most mouthwashes use harsh alcohol to remove harmful substances in your mouth. While alcohol can kill bacteria, it stings your gums and can be extremely dangerous if accidentally swallowed.
Coral’s Nano Silver mouthwash uses the same Nano Silver technology as our toothpaste to kill 99.99% of harmful germs while leaving the good ones. Plus it’s alcohol-free, so you won’t need to call poison control if you accidentally swallow some.
And that’s a good thing when our flavors are so tasty. Choose between cinnamon and mint for fresh breath and even fresher gums.
If you’re out of mouthwash, a salt water rinse isn’t quite as effective but can still provide a little relief.
Salt has antibacterial properties that will help to eradicate pesky, harmful substances. Try warming about a cup of warm water on the stove or in a kettle and pour it into a glass. Make sure the water isn’t boiling -- just warm! Then, add a teaspoon of salt and stir. Swish the mixture around for about 30 seconds and then spit it into the sink.
You can try doing this up to twice a day, or until the swelling subsides. This is a super easy method that might bring you some fast results.
Improve Your Brushing Habits
While gum disease might be the reason your mouth isn’t feeling its best, the reason for your discomfort might be something as simple as the way you’re brushing. Practicing proper brushing technique is essential for both healthy gums and teeth overall.
Brushing really hard and fast won’t help scrub away plaque any better than just taking things nice and slow -- in fact, it will likely do more harm to your gums than good. All you need to do is use gentle, small, circular motions on your teeth and along your gum line for a full two minutes at least twice a day.
Two minutes can feel like a long time while brushing, so take that time to scroll through social media, take a look at your to-do list, organize your bathroom counter, or just admire yourself in the mirror! It’s a small price to pay for a healthy smile.
If you have gum pain, you’re absolutely not alone. Gum pain is super common, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating or any less fixable.
It’s most often caused by gum disease, poor brushing habits, harsh chemical toothpastes, or firm bristled brushes paired with rough brushing habits. However, there are some things you can do right from home to help.
Try cold compresses or mouthwash to help soothe swollen gums. Also, swap out chemical toothpastes for ones that use natural, proven effective ingredients. Similarly, make sure you’re flossing and rinsing with mouthwash after every brushing session.
With all of that said, if your pain is persistent, schedule an appointment with your dental hygienist so they can take a look.
But for now, try these home remedies so that you can keep on smiling!