A week ago I woke up with swollen painful gums in the back of my mouth. This swollen inflamed area is the area that most people have wisdom teeth (not me… I never developed any wisdom teeth). My swollen gums were on the bottom left side of my jaw. It started out as a little pain but within 48 hours it became much more painful. I knew then it was not getting better and I needed to address the issue quickly. Of course this is happening right during the middle of our move! I am sure the stress of the move contributed to my immune system decline. Stress can really catch me off guard sometimes and this move was particularly stressful.
I did not have the time or desire to see a dentist. I am sure I would have been prescribed some sort of medication. I googled gum pain/ swollen gums. Many things popped up and I selected a few natural remedies to try…. and it worked!!! It was not overnight, but within 2 days the pain and tenderness had subsided 80 percent and by day 3 it was 100 percent better. What a relief! No dentist or prescription medications needed.
Here is what worked for me:
Step 1. Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash.
Start Immediately for swollen and painful gums. Pour 1-2 TBSP in a cup and pour into mouth. Swish around for 1-3 minutes. Spit out. Do this 1-3 times a day until the issue is resolved.
Step 2. Tea Tree Oil
Take a q-tip and put 1 drop of tea tree oil on it. Place the q-tip on the swollen area (this is not recommended for everyone). It worked for me, but I had a pocket of swollen tissue that was very obvious. Not everyone may need this remedy. Also, it did burn for just a moment. Do not get it on the sides of your mouth or your lips. As always use essential oils with caution.
Step 3. Baking Soda w/ tooth brush
Right off the bat I started using straight baking soda for brushing my teeth at night. At the end of brushing I put a little clump of baking soda right on the swollen area.
Step 4. Clove Oil
This suggestion came from my facebook page . I am not sure how often to use it, but it would have been my next remedy to try if my other 3 suggestions hadn’t healed the pain and tenderness 100 percent.
Hope this helps someone with the same problem.