How To Cure Swollen Gums – Home Remedies

How To Cure Swollen Gums – Home Remedies

Swollen gums can occur for various reasons, although it can usually be a symptom of gum disease. It is essential to identify the cause of the swelling so you can take the right action – either take care of your gums at home and use remedies for swollen gums or make an appointment with the dentist.

You can do several things at home to help prevent or treat swollen gums. Including:

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Saltwater for gingivitis, as a common and recommended behavior

Salt is a natural disinfectant, and using salt water can be very helpful in healing inflamed gums. Salt water reduces gum pain, removes food particles from the mouth, and helps eliminate bad breath by killing bacteria. The best saline solution is 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons of salt in lukewarm water. This solution is recommended two to three times a day for 30 seconds each time. Excessive or long-term use of this method may adversely affect tooth enamel and cause tooth erosion.

what to do to prevent or treat swollen gums at home?

If using salt is not effective in reducing inflammation, you can use homemade mouthwashes and home remedies for swollen gums :

1- lemongrass mouthwash

Dilute two to three drops of lemongrass oil in a cup of water and swish the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds. You can do this two to three times a day. Studies show that this mouthwash is more effective than chlorhexidine in reducing plaque and gum inflammation, and it is better to use it significantly diluted first to prevent irritation of swollen gums.

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2- Aloe vera mouthwash

This mouthwash is as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing plaque and remedies for swollen gums. Aloe vera juice is not diluted and must be used with 100% purity. This solution is recommended two to three times a day for 30 seconds each time. Of course, if you are allergic to aloe vera, you should not use this mouthwash.

3- Tea tree oil mouthwash

To use tea tree oil mouthwash, add three drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water and keep the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds. In addition, you can add a drop of this oil to your toothpaste when you brush your teeth. It is better to use its very diluted solution for the first time because its high concentration may cause an allergic reaction, mild burning, or scratching on the gums.

4- Sage mouthwash

Sage mouthwash significantly reduces plaque-causing bacteria and is helpful for remedies for swollen gums. To use this mouthwash, boil one to two cups of water and add two tablespoons of fresh sage or one teaspoon of dry sage to the water and let it brew for 5 to 10 minutes. After straining and cooling the solution, you can use this solution to rinse your mouth two to three times a day. Sage has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help improve remedies for swollen gums and treat the infection.

Related “Tooth Infection Swelling

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5-Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains lauric acid and anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and its use reduces plaque and gingivitis symptoms. You can swish one to two teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes. Then remove the oil from your mouth, wash your mouth with water, drink a glass of water and brush your teeth.

If you keep the oil in your mouth for a long time, you can do this for less time and more times during the day, and be careful not to let the oil hit the back of your throat because it contains toxins and oral bacteria.

Related: “Treatment Of Tooth Infection Swelling

6- Cloves

Cloves have antiviral and antioxidant properties that help reduce gum inflammation and relieve pain. To use cloves, grind about a teaspoon and gently place a damp cotton ball dipped in cloves on your gums. Doing this for a minute is better, and then rinse your mouth with water.

coconut-oil for Swollen Gums

7- Turmeric or curcumin gel

Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory properties, effectively reduces remedies for swollen gums. In addition, its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties help to improve the bleeding and redness of the gums. Turmeric gel, named curcumin, Curcuma, is available in pharmacies. This gel can be used twice daily for 10 minutes each time.

Cu, the main ingredient of turmeric, has many antioxidants, astringent, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These properties can be used in treating, managing and preventing periodontal diseases, such as remedies for swollen gums. Turmeric may help reduce gum swelling when used topically as part of an oral gel. It has been found that turmeric mouthwash has similar properties to chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash.

Note: Despite these benefits, it is always recommended to consult your doctor before using turmeric in your regular oral hygiene routine.

8- Use baking soda.

Baking soda can help prevent gum disease. Because baking soda is an alkaline agent that can help reduce the acidity in your mouth, provided it is used properly. It is also a natural antiseptic that may help reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections.

Make a mouthwash by adding a few drops of warm water to a small amount of baking soda. Apply it on the swollen gums for a few minutes, then rinse your mouth with water.

turmeric for swollen gums

9- Chew guava leaves.

Guava leaves may exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and pain-relieving properties. You can chew a few guava leaves directly to treat with this plant. Alternatively, grind guava leaves, paste, and brush your teeth.

10- Rinse your mouth with apple cider vinegar.

The acidity of apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps restore the pH balance in the mouth, remedies swollen gums, and prevents the growth of bacteria and plaque. Dilute one tablespoon of ACV in 1 glass of water and use this mixture to rinse your mouth. This medicine can be used two to three times a day.

Note: Always dilute ACV before use. Do not take more than recommended for 2 hours after rinsing with ACV. Avoid consuming acidic substances because high acidity can affect tooth enamel.

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Self-care tips that can help prevent and remedies for swollen gums include:

  • Practice tongue brushing.

  Practice tongue brushing regularly, at least once a day.

  • Eat foods rich in calcium.

Increase your intake of calcium-rich foods, as they can help strengthen your tooth structure.

  • Drink water after meals.

Finish your meal with water to swallow any food particles in your mouth.

  • Avoid sweet foods.

Because harmful bacteria grow on sugars, avoiding sugary foods is necessary.

tongue brushing
  • Avoid using tobacco.

  Using tobacco in any form can cause severe damage to your teeth and gums, and you should avoid using it separately.

  • Increase your vitamin D intake.

Vitamin D reduces the risk of gum disease. Therefore, you can use vitamin D supplements after consulting your doctor.

  • Use fluoride toothpaste.

  This toothpaste has significant antibacterial and antiseptic potential. Oral health experts highly recommend using this toothpaste to prevent gum disease and remedies for swollen gums.

  • Eat crunchy fruits and cruciferous vegetables.

Chewing on crunchy fruits (apples, carrots, and radishes) and cruciferous vegetables (celery, cabbage, and kale) can help stimulate the salivary glands to produce more saliva and clean your oral cavity naturally.

Fluoride and Swollen gums
  • Throw away your old toothbrush.

Throw away your toothbrush when the bristles start moving and look damaged. Replacing your old toothbrush with a new one every 3 to 4 months is better.

  • Increase your vitamin C intake.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help improve your oral and overall health. You can get your dose of this vital nutrient through your diet.

  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash.

Add an antibacterial mouthwash such as chlorhexidine to your oral care routine. However, long-term use of chlorhexidine mouthwash may cause stains on the teeth and should only be used by people over 18 years of age.

  • Visit your dentist regularly.

See your dentist at least twice yearly for a complete oral cavity evaluation. This regular checkup can alert you to oral problems at the beginning and make early treatment possible.

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In the final part of this article of the Health and Beauty magazine by Dr.Sanaz, I must mention again that Gingivitis is a gum disease that usually causes no pain and is often overlooked. Therefore, you must schedule regular checkups with your dentist to detect oral health problems immediately and remedies for swollen gums. Additionally, make sure you follow a proper hygiene regimen to prevent gingivitis.


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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.



  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993


Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.



  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.