I just got over a pretty bad gum infection, which lasted for about a week. I still have no idea what caused the infection in the first place, but all I know is that it was very painful!
I asked some people in the GAPS community about what things I should do and what the infection could be caused from. Everyone told me to do Oil Pulling and that I may be detoxing from my gums (sounds weird, right?). I’m not sure if that’s what it was from, since my diet has been pretty steady for 1-2 months. I haven’t added any foods or taken away, except for fruit. I’m not sure if my body would be detoxifying from taking fruit out of my diet….I guess it could be.
I also didn’t know if it was originally a small cut from when I brushed my teeth and then got infected. There are so many possibilities!
Since my gum was pretty badly infected, it caused one of my lymph nodes near my bottom jaw bone to get really swollen which was very uncomfortable. All of the pain was giving me a headache too, so I knew I had to try and do something fast, before the infection got any worse. I was contemplating on if I should take pictures of it, but then I thought it might be pretty gross and disturb some of you. I thought I would explain what mine looked like, incase you are trying to figure out if you have a gum infection, or not.
My gum was very raw and had pretty deep slash marks on the gum. It was pretty strange looking. It definitely looked like I was cutting my gum up with a knife. It also got very swollen which caused some of the gum to fall between my teeth. This is probably grossing you out now, so I’ll just stop talking about what my gum looked like! :P Let’s get on to the natural remedies!
Oil Pulling with coconut oil-
Swish coconut oil in your mouth for 5-10 minutes. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungle, and anti-bacterial. I would have to say that this natural remedy worked the best, but with the help of all the other natural remedies that I used, it got my gum to heal very quick.
Warm Sea Salt Water-
I gargled with warm sea salt water for two days, but then I had to stop because my gum was too raw and the salt was just eating away at it. I just did it a couple of times to try and kill some of the infection. Hydrogen peroxide-
I also gargled with this to help kill some of the bacteria. This did not burn my mouth at all, but it did have a nasty after taste!
I used some of this to rub onto my lymph node to try to reduce some of the inflammation.
Whatever the sickness it, a cup of warm green tea always helps!
If you are wondering if you might have a gum infection, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any questions that you might have, and I will do my best on trying to help you out! :)