Inflamed Gums

If you are like me you might struggle with painful gums and teeth during stressful times or—let’s be honest—the chocolate binging during the holidays. I wanted to share a couple of things that have helped me through last year’s fairly painful episodes without needing a new filling. What do you think? What works for you?

Oil Pulling

The science behind it is a bit iffy. I have found it helped me, better than mouthwash, but this might just be my observation bias. Anyhow, the links to the scientific debates are here [1].

How to: oil pulling

The idea is to use oil right as you get up in the morning (some suggestions say in the evening) and pull it through your teeth rinsing your mouth for about one minute or until the oil feels foamy. Then spit it out and rinse your mouth with warm water.
While current fads tell you to use coconut oil, I actually prefer walnut oil or olive oil.

Water Flosser

Changed my life. I am not kidding. It kind of works like a jet-wash in your mouth. I always struggled with floss as it makes my gums bleed and frankly I hate the feeling. Using the water flosser, gum bleeding stopped within a couple of days, and flossing does reduce gum infections/inflammations.

Salt Toothpaste

While you might have heard about rinsing your mouth with warm saturated saltwater to fight infections, there is also a salt-based toothpaste (mine is from Weleda) which seems to be really effective. Further, it is a nice alternative, if you are not keen on peppermint.

[1] While the articles relate this to Ayurveda I actually know about this from my granny and she has never heard of Ayurveda.
Pro: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198813/
Con: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/oil-pulling-your-leg/

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