Ulcers that form on the gums are usually very painful and cause difficulty eating, drinking, and speaking. Gum ulcers often appear suddenly and are difficult to remove, but there are ways to remove and treat the area to prevent the boil from growing back.
Remove Gum Boils Professionally
Remove the boil with surgery. If the ulcers on your gums are chronic or embarrassing, you may need to consider surgery. With surgery, it is very likely that the boil will not grow back. You should discuss these options with a gum specialist, such as a periodontist, to find out what treatment is recommended.
Your dentist or gum specialist may suggest effacement of the boil by removing the pus instead of surgical removal, depending on the location and the complexity of the surgical procedure. After deflation, you will be given antibiotics for at least five days.
Consider periodontal therapy. Most cases of gum ulcers are caused by active gum disease or other periodontal disease. If that’s the case, you may need to have a deep cleaning with your dentist to remove bacteria from your mouth that are contributing to gum ulcers.
If this helps, make sure you have regular cleanings at the dentist’s office to control bacteria and keep your mouth healthy.
Consider gum surgery if the periodontist decides it is the best way to prevent future gum infections or ulcers.
Consider root canal therapy. Some ulcers on the gums are caused by a tooth abscess. In such cases, the patient requires root canal therapy to remove the bacteria and remove the damaged enamel. After root canal therapy, the doctor will place a crown or filling to protect the teeth and mouth from further infection.
Root canal therapy is quite expensive and must be done gradually over several visits. So, make sure you consider the costs before agreeing to the action.
Get Rid of Gum Ulcers with Home Remedies
Use a salt mouthwash. Gargling with salt water can reduce swelling and dry or clear the infection in gum ulcers. Fill half a bottle or glass with warm water and add half a teaspoon of table salt. Stir until the salt is dissolved. If there’s still some left on the bottom of the glass, that’s okay. Use the solution to rinse your mouth, but concentrate on the infected area. Do not swallow.
Do it once or twice a day for a week to treat boils. The salt water will reduce the chances of the boil growing back. Also, make sure you stick to your regular teeth and mouth cleaning routine.
Salt water gargling is a method recommended by oral health professionals and clinically proven effective, but is not a substitute for a visit to the dentist.
Use essential oils. Essential oils can reduce the bacteria that cause gum ulcers and improve overall tissue health. Both of these factors can remove gum ulcers without professional help. Add a few drops of essential oil to a glass of water, and use it to gargle.
Examples of essential oils to choose from are spearmint or peppermint oil.
Make sure you don’t swallow the essential oil solution.
Remember that this is a home remedy and has not been scientifically proven to be effective.
Eat raw onions. Raw onions are very effective for gum ulcers. Onions contain relatively high amounts of sulfur, which helps heat and dry ulcers in the mouth.
This method is also a home remedy and may be less effective than other remedies that have been verified by a medical professional.
If you don’t like the taste of raw onions, try mixing them in dishes like lettuce or sandwiches, as these will be masked by other flavors.
Do not cook because the amount of sulfur in the onion will decrease.
Prevent Gum Boils
Brush your teeth every day . Brushing your teeth regularly (at least twice a day) is probably the most important action to prevent gum ulcers and maintain healthy teeth and mouth. Brushing your teeth will reduce bacteria and germs in your mouth, and remove plaque and food debris.
Use the soft bristled side and ask your dentist for proper brushing.
Use dental floss every day. Using dental floss is one of the best ways to reduce plaque and bacteria that build up in the mouth. Because oral health is very important to prevent ulcers on the gums, you should floss regularly, especially if you have problems with chronic or recurring gum ulcers.
Dentists recommend flossing twice a day.
Use an antibacterial mouthwash. Since bacteria buildup is one of the main causes of gum ulcers, you should do whatever it takes to minimize the amount of bad bacteria in your mouth. One way is to use an antibacterial mouthwash every day. Gargle after flossing and before going to bed.
The brand of mouthwash doesn’t really matter. Just make sure the label indicates that the product is antibacterial and is sealed as a sign of quality.
Visit the dentist regularly. The best way to prevent gum ulcers is through good and consistent dental and oral care, including regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Your dentist can remove plaque and let you know if there is a problem, and suggest specific actions to address it.
Dentists can also spot signs of tooth decay or other periodontal problems much earlier. So, you can find out the symptoms or causes of gum ulcers before they develop more seriously.
Visits to the dentist should be done twice a year (every six months).