How to Sleep with Swollen Gums: Effective Tips and Remedies

Swollen gums can be a real pain, literally. It’s not uncommon to have swollen gums if you’re suffering from gum disease or if you’ve recently had dental work done. Whatever the cause, swollen gums can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. In this blog post, we’ll explore ways to help you sleep with swollen gums.

1. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever

There are a variety of over-the-counter pain relievers available that can help reduce swelling and alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing as a result of your swollen gums. Ibuprofen is one common option that can both relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

When taking medication:

Be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully and never exceed the recommended dosage without first consulting with your healthcare provider.

2. Rinse your mouth with salt water

Gargling with salt water is another effective way to soothe swollen or irritated gum tissue before bed. Simply mix ½ teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water until dissolved, then swish around in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting out.

Tips when using Salt Water rinse:

Repeat this process several times per day as needed for best results – but try it at bedtime too!

3. Elevate your head while sleeping

Elevating your head while sleeping encourages proper blood flow throughout the body and may also help reduce any pressure caused by swollen soft tissues in your mouth or sinuses.

To accomplish elevated head position:

Use an extra pillow under your head so that it is higher than usual; alternatively, try propping up one end of the mattress slightly by placing blocks underneath each leg at the foot of the bed

4. Apply cold compresses

Using a cold compress can help numb the area and reduce swelling. Apply an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time, taking breaks as needed.

Considerations when using Cold Compress:

Never apply ice directly to your skin or leave it on for too long – this could damage tissues or cause frostbite.

5. Avoid certain foods before bed

Eating certain foods may aggravate swollen gum tissue and make it harder to get restful sleep. Avoid acidic, spicy, or crunchy foods that can irritate sensitive gums before bedtime.

Recommendations of Foods:

Instead opt for softer foods like cooked veggies, soup broth, mashed potatoes which are easy to eat yet still nutritious

In summary, there are several ways you can try to ease discomfort caused by swollen gums so you’re able to get better quality sleep at night. Consider trying one (or more) of these tips if you find yourself struggling with swollen gums interfering with your sleeping habits!