Years ago, due to an unnecessary oral surgery, I ended up with a shortened gum line along one tooth. I have had issues with it forever because it was prone to infection and swelling. Over the years my dentists only had a gum graft to offer, which none really recommended because it only has around a 50% success rate.
Recently, I had a bad bout with an infection that caused my gum to throb and bleed. I couldn't sleep and was at my wits end and ready to do anything to stop the pain, when I decided to try some of the remedies listed on Earthclinic.
Here are the regimens and remedies that worked best for me:
1. Twice (or more) a day, I used my waterpik on a setting no higher than two. When your gum is really irritated, this may sting a bit and your gum may bleed, but the water really cleans up under the gum where debris and infection are trapped. I fill the well with warm water and a few squirts of hydrogen peroxide. This was the single most effective treatment.
2. I purchased three natural, herbal mouthwashes and alternate rinses during the day.
3. Warm sea salt water rinses reduce pain
4. I made my own tooth powder: 3-4 tbs baking soda, empty one capsule each of: charcoal, Echinacea, and Vit. C powder, one tsp. cinnamon, and a few dashes of cayenne and turmeric. I use about 1/2 tsp., mixed in a little water, and swish it for a several minutes (paying attention to the problem area), before spitting it out without rinsing.
5. Oil pulling with organic virgin coconut oil. Place in your mouth, one teaspoon of coconut oil and swish it around and through your teeth for at least twenty minutes then spit the remainder into a plastic bag and dispose. (to avoid clogs, do not rinse OVCO down the sink)
6. I purchased mini, soft dental bristle brushes (the kind that are shaped like a Christmas tree NOT the hard, plastic variety) and gently brush along the gum line to remove plaque, food, and bacteria. I dip it in mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide and water. The goal is to displace anything that causes irritation. I do this several times during the day, especially after eating.
7. I do tongue scraping right before bedtime.
8. Aloe juice (organic, center leaf) rinse.
I have been following this regimen for 3 weeks and it has been working really well. Almost all of the redness and infection are gone, with no more throbbing, and the gum has pinked up, and even seems to have increased in length a bit.
I plan on using this as a regimen to keep the gums healthy and avoid any further disastrous oral surgeries.
Thank you Earthclinc and all its members who take the time to share their successes. It is a true blessing.