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Don’t Let Denture Pain Get You Down
Those with have severe dental problems are no strangers to dentures. False teeth that are a common solution for tooth loss, dentures can be partial - to replace a few teeth, or full – to complete the entire set of teeth. Now while dentures are helpful and allow for complete functionality even with the absence of teeth, they can be quite uncomfortable and painful. Particularly right at the beginning, dentures can feel quite odd and cause immense discomfort for the wearer.
Newly acquired dentures often come with problems such as aching gums, swelling, sores, dry mouth etc. So here are a few remedies to help you out with these common problems.
Salt has anti-inflammatory properties and provides great relief from swelling and pain in the gums. It also fights bacteria that builds up in the mouth and can cause dry mouth and other problems like sores. Every day, remove the dentures and rub some salt on the gums before rinsing your mouth with warm water. You could also mix salt in warm water and rinse your mouth with it to treat pain and swelling.
Clove contains a substance called Eugenol which has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can reduce swelling and pain in the gums. It also acts as a disinfectant to remove bacteria prevalent in the mouth which can cause bad breath. To use cloves, powder them into a mixture and add it to a spoonful of olive oil. Now apply this mix around the gums where you can feel soreness. Do this at least twice daily till you begin to feel more comfort with your dentures.
Black tea contains tannins which act an astringent and can reduce pain and swelling of the gums. All you need is a couple of black tea bags to help you get through the pain. Steep the tea bag in hot water for a couple of minutes and then set it aside. Once it has cooled down, place the tea bag on the sore gums for about 10 to 15 minutes. After you are done, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. You can do this twice daily to start feeling some comfort with your dentures.
Turmeric is used for all sorts of treatments. It helps with pain reduction, treatment of cuts and sores and has many healing properties. The anti oxidant, anti inflammatory and pain relieving properties can help provide much needed relief from denture discomfort. All you need to do is mix some turmeric in water, make a paste and apply it on the tender or sore gums. After allowing it to sit for some time and then massage your gums gently before rinsing your mouth.
Oil rinsing, also known as oil pulling is a common practice to help with oral and dental health. It helps to keep your mouth hydrated and prevent bacteria build up and dry mouth. It also helps to reduce the swelling. Take a spoonful of sesame oil or any other vegetable based oil in your mouth after removing your dentures. Keep the oil in your mouth and swish it around for a couple of minutes. Do this for ten minutes and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Remember not to swallow the oil or gargle with it.
Now you no longer have to suffer from the trauma of denture pain. With simple ingredients that you can find in your own kitchen you can now feel relief and say goodbye to all that discomfort in a few easy ways.
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