Salt water rinse / oral irrigation

In addition to being the overall best toothache remedy, (sea) salt water also is an excellent mouthwash, cleansing the mouth and gums and fighting infections. A testimonial reads, "I've used salt water for gum problems with great success, I was fine the day after, basically. Amazing how fast that works with inflammation of the mucosa."

If you have a WaterPik or similar oral irrigator which allows the use of salt water (check the unit's Instructions For Use), you may wish to try this for a deep cleanse between your teeth as well.

If you add a few drops of myrrh tincture to your salt water it may not only taste better but you will have added a traditional "gum helper" to your rinse (compare Myrrh). A similar thing applies of course to other herbs such as Calendula etc.


Natural (raw and unheated) honey boasts a wide range of medicinal properties and substances and its broad-spectrum antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect has also been found to help with swollen, infected and painful gums.

Simply dab some slightly diluted raw honey onto the affected area(s) and make sure not to eat or drink for half an hour or longer to allow the honey to work before it is flushed from your mouth.[1]

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

A natural sulfur compound found in some primitive plants, MSM is also available in small quantities in numerous foods and beverages and as a nutritional supplement.

Judging by reported experiences, MSM provides numerous anti-inflammatory and other benefits including in the cosmetic realm (promoting the growth of hair and nails).

An anecdotal report assigns great healing power to MSM when used as a mouthwash for gum problems.  In fact, MSM "heavyweights" Drs Jacob and Lawrence[2] believe that MSM "offers an additional weapon against gum disease", citing as the generally recommended dose 2 to 8 grams daily.

When using MSM as a mouthwash, swish the dissolved crystals in your mouth 2 to 3 times daily. Additionally, repeatedly rubbing MSM crystals onto inflamed gum tissue has helped many of Drs Jacob and Lawrence's patients who suffered from gingivitis to lessen the inflammation.[3]

Healing clay packs

There are many varieties of healing clays such as French green clay and bentonite. Taken internally and/or externally (as packs or poultices), healing clays help draw out and absorb toxins.

For an example of a clay product used for dental healing, see Bentonite clay for swelling & pain in gums & teeth. It is likely however that other therapeutic clays are just as effective.

Vitamin C (and baking soda)
for "knitting gums back to the teeth"

According to Dr. Gerard F. Judd's recommendations, "...the gums can be reconnected to the teeth by taking vitamin C (ascorbic acid)[4] (1 tsp) with Arm and Hammer baking soda (1/2 tsp) in 1 inch of water, letting it fizz and then diluting to 1/2 to 1 cup with water, then drinking" (see more details under Dr. Gerard F. Judd).

A testimonial reads, "I just happened to have a can of 'fruit fresh' in my kitchen ... [which is normally] ... used in the cooking and canning of fruits and vegetables. It's pure Vitamin C, with some dextrose and silica. So ... along with the baking soda, [I] followed Dr. Judd's recommendations, with early promising results. My gums are beginning to reepithelialize, and I think that I may have arrested some decay that was occurring.

I encourage anyone to try this for 2 weeks, and you will see a difference. ... years of experience in the vitamin and supplement sales arena taught me to trust completely products from Alacer Corporation, a small company in California. They make EmergenC and many other fine products-and are dedicated to the idea that mineral ascorbates like the one homemade one that Dr. Judd gives the recipe for, can make a huge difference in one's health.

... someone else I trust completely told me to never take a vitamin that contained aluminum-many of the cheaper multivitamins do, including centrum. This was in 1988!"

Vitamin C has also successfully been used as a stand-alone treatment against serious gum disease, see Periodontal disease and vitamin C.

Vitamin E

Prick open a capsule of natural vitamin E and apply the oil to sore and inflamed gums.

OPC (Oligomeric proanthocyanidins)

OPC is particularly concentrated in grape seeds and also avaible as a supplement. An reader review of the German book Gesund länger leben durch OPC [Live longer healthily thanks to OPC] by Anne Simons dated 4 May 2011 reports that after starting on an OPC supplement in 2002, bleeding gums as well as easy bruising very quickly became a thing of the past.[5]

Dietary change (no grains)

I've seen anecdotal reports stating that adopting a "paleo diet" (particularly cutting out grains) has completely reversed gum disease, including in a person who had already undergone two gum surgeries but (not surprisingly) continued to have gum problems in spite of regular cleanings.

Discontinuing grains allowed this person's gums to heal within months, interestingly in spite of continuing strong plaque buildup (disproving the conventional wisdom which maintains that dental plaque accumulation is THE cause of periodontal disease). (Adding vitamin D and vitamin K2 [MK-4] supplements in this case erased the latter problem for good.)

(The above should not be read to mean that simply cutting out grains will return a person's gums to health. It's obvious that many people will enjoy healthy gums who do eat grain products. In fact, just generally upgrading one's diet can reverse gum disease, see for instance Testimonial: healing deep gums pockets naturally.)


A German site visitor pointed me to this OTC remedy (available in pharmacies) writing that "toothache, particularly periodontitis and gum pocket inflammation can be treated rapidly and cheaply (and what's more, without side effects) using PYRALVEX[6].

For gum inflammation, Pyralvex is applied via the brush provided with the package, for inflamed gum pockets, it is injected using a small 2 ml syringe (incl. plastic cannula).

The pain, especially with inflamed pockets, will be gone within seconds, and two minutes the most. And even very serious periodontitis will be a thing of the past after two to four days of applying Pyralvex two to three times a day."

Quit or reduce tobacco use to help your gums

Smoking is well known to be a significant risk factor for developing periodontal disease. So if you are a smoker, here is another good reason to kick the habit.[7]

Hydrogen peroxide food grade

See Hydrogen peroxide against gum disease: a double-edged sword in the fight against gingivitis & periodontitis.


1 Background on natural honey as a medical treatment and tips for best preserving honey's beneficial properties under Treating Cancerous Tumors (yes) with Pure Raw Honey Packs.

2 Authors of "The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain"

3 More information on what MSM can do for teeth at MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): dental applications.

4 Also compare this testimonial of a man who healed his gum disease with massive doses of vitamin C (from Laura Lee article/interview).

5 OPCs among many other benefits also show promise against cancer, see e.g. Research studies: anti-cancer effect of resveratrol, pterostilbene and grapeseed extract (scroll to "Miscellaneous grape compounds against cancer").

6 Active ingredients: Chinese rhubarb extract (with 5 mg anthraquinone glycosides) and 10 mg Salicylic acid. For more information, see Herbal tooth and gum powders, mouthwashes and similar products. For "official" precautions etc. regarding Pyralvex, see for instance .

7 Compare Release & Recovery Tips for Alcohol, Nicotine, Sugar and Sweets Addictions and Similar Dependencies.

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