I’ve been counting myself pretty lucky throughout my pregnancy. I’m into my third trimester. Aside from being tired and some mild swelling in my feet, life is pretty good. That is, it was until last week.
Attack of the Swollen Gums
One night last week, I was flossing my teeth. I noticed that my gums on my bottom row of teeth on the right hand side were very sore. I didn’t think too much of it. After all, I take good care of my teeth and I figured it was nothing to worry about.
The next night, as I was flossing, the discomfort had spread all the way up to my front teeth. I took a look in the mirror and sure enough, my gums were inflamed and red. Really, they looked quite angry. Even worse, my teeth felt a little bit loose.
A quick look in my pregnancy book and I confirmed that this is a normal symptom of being pregnant. Gums can swell and bleed, all as a result of raging hormones. Apparently, that can happen even if you take great care of your teeth! Ack!
Of course, the recommendation was to visit the dentist and let them deal with it before the infection spread. The only thing is, I really didn’t like the idea of going to the dentist. It was bound to be a painful visit as they dug around, poking and prodding at my poor gums. Surely, I could come up with a less painful and easier way to handle this?
How About a Natural Remedy?
The next day, I did a quick search online for natural remedies. I found a couple of things, ranging from swishing salt water or warm lemon water around in my mouth to applying clove oil. I wasn’t surprised to see any of these remedies listed. Since then, here’s what I’ve been doing:
– gargling/swishing salt water every chance I get.
– gargling/swishing lemon water (One of my favorite drinks anyway!).
– changed out my toothbrush and swapped toothpastes (I had just started using a new one a couple of weeks ago) to one that I had used before.
– drinking lots of freshly pressed green juice!
Did it Work?
Yes! It worked and I avoided the painful dentist visit! After gargling with salt water a few times a day for the past week, and also having a few doses of lemon in warm water, the swelling disappeared and my gums feel great once again. The most immediate indication that I was making progress was that my teeth stopped feeling loose almost immediately.
What A Great Feeling!
I don’t write this to advocate dentist-avoidance. Rather, I just wanted to share a successful home remedy that worked for me. It’s a such a relief to be able to handle my own minor ailments, without being completely dependent on someone else. Of course, had my gums gotten worse (or even stayed the same), I would have made that appointment to see my trusty dentist.