Sore gums are an indication of gingivitis. Gums become sore, tender and painful because of lack of oral hygiene and negligent brushing habits. Plaque a sticky and colorless substance is continually coating the teeth and the gum line with a thin film, which is full of bacteria. These bacteria thrive on the debris of food lodged between our teeth and on the rear part of the tongue.
If allowed to accumulate, the bacteria begin to inflame and destroy the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. It is imperative to keep fighting plaque to prevent the germs from attacking the gums. Soreness can also result from hard bristled tooth brush and nutritional deficiency. For sensitive or weak gums always use soft or medium bristled tooth brush.
Starchy foods, refined sugars, highly processed foods should be taken in very moderate quantities and the teeth should be brushed, immediately after eating them to discourage plaque. Going to the dentist can be very expensive. Commercial oral care products are expensive too. Simple, safe and easily obtainable home remedies are the best.
Rinse with cold water, frequently, keeping the water in the mouth for sometime. It will help soothe the gums, will keep the mouth well hydrated and flush out any remaining food particles in the mouth.
This most essential ingredient of our diet is ever present in our house. Salt is commonly used to treat sore throat and relieve pain. It has great cleansing properties. Heat a glass of water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Mix well and rinse the mouth thoroughly.
Pudina is very cheap and has exceptional healing qualities. Many people grow it at home to keep a continuous and handy supply of fresh leaves. Chew a few leaves slowly, to allow the juice to infuse the teeth and gums. Menthol the main component of mint will alleviate the soreness and soothe the gums.
Neem is an age old antibacterial and antiviral remedy. Chew a tender twig of neem. Let the juice seep in between the teeth. Rub the gums gently with your finger. Rinse with water. Though it is very bitter, neem, is the cheapest and most effective cure for destroying bacteria.
Ginger is famous for its medicinal values. Take some very fine and free from fibres, dry ginger powder, in the palm of your hand. Using a soft brush, gently brush your teeth with it. Leave for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, to a glass of boiling water. Put in a generous pinch of salt. Boil for two minutes. When the water has lost some of its heat and is bearable in the mouth, rinse vigorously at least three times a day. Turmeric will instantly mitigate the swelling, disinfect the gums and heal the soreness. For plaque elimination use this mouthwash regularly after every meal.