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Care for Sore Gums

Nearly 50% of Americans over 30 have some form of gum disease

Gum disease can spread quickly and could lead to bone degeneration and tooth loss

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What causes sore gums and how gum gel can help

Why Are My Gums Sore & Swollen?

Sometimes the cause of swollen, sore gums is obvious, like if you just underwent dental surgery or got fitted for braces, a retainer, or dentures.

Lesser-known causes of swollen and sore gums include pregnancy, low vitamin C levels, autoimmune disorders and certain medications.

The most common reason for sore gums is Gum disease (gingivitis), which can cause the gums to swell, recede, bleed, and even sensitive to hot and cold.

To keep your gums in good shape, it’s important to brush and floss twice daily, and swish with an alcohol-free mouth rinse to keep bacteria in check.

Stages of Gum Disease

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Healthy Gums

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Sore Gums Can Lead to Tooth Loss

Ouch! Nothing says pain quite like sore gums. Whether it’s from a recent dental procedure, rogue tortilla chip, cantankerous canker sore, or nasty pizza burn, one thing is certain: when your gums are sore or swollen, you want soothing relief … fast!

What happens if you continue to just grin and bear it? Your gums will start to affect your smile. Often people with sore gums have red, purple, or puffy-looking gums. The gums may also start to recede, making you look “long in the tooth.”

Worse, not treating your sore, inflamed gums can actually weaken the bones that hold the roots of your teeth in place. What does this lead to? That’s right – tooth loss! Definitely not the smile you were envisioning.

comparison illustration of a mouth with periodontal disease and receeded gums versus healthy gums

Get DIY Relief

3 Home Remedies to Treat Sore Gums

1. Salt Water Swish

A warm salt water solution (1/2 tsp in 1 cup of warm water) can do wonders for sore and swollen gums. For relief after oral surgery, rinse your mouth every 2-3 hours for the first few days. Then cut back to 3-4 times a day after that. 

2. Add Aloe

This powerful plant has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. If you have an aloe plant, cut open a leaf and scoop out the gel with a clean finger. Massage on your gums for 1-2 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

3. Turmeric Paste

To make this anti-inflammatory paste, mix ¼ teaspoon with a small amount of water. Apply to the gums and leave on for 5 minutes. Then give your gums a little massage and rinse. Repeat daily for 1 to 2 weeks.

4. Use a Dental Gel

Using a dental gel for sore gums is the fastest and easiest way to get the relief you need. You’ll want a quality gel that’s alcohol-free so that you won’t get dry mouth and dye-free to protect the color of your teeth.