When you have trench mouth, or acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, you may find the symptoms unbearable. The painful ulcers, bleeding gums, and horrendous breath may have you seeking relief. If you are searching for a way to treat these symptoms at home, use the following three-step home remedy using natural ingredients.
Step 1: Brush With Baking Soda, Salt, And Peroxide Paste
The salt and hydrogen peroxide in this homemade toothpaste will kill the germs causing your trench mouth. When combined with the baking soda, it will also remove the dead tissue around any gum ulcers. The baking soda also helps to freshen your breath.
Mix together a half of a teaspoon each of the salt and baking soda. Add a teaspoon of peroxide to the dry ingredients. The paste should be smooth and creamy. If it is too dry, add a drop or two of the peroxide until it has reached the right consistency.
Gently brush your teeth and gums with the paste, paying special attention to any sores or painful areas. Leave the paste on for two minutes. Rinse your mouth with warm water, then go on to the second step.
Step 2: Rinse With An Herbal Mouthwash
This mouthwash kills both the germs and your bad breath. It will also relieve the swelling and pain. The ingredients can be found in herbal shops and the pharmacy department in many stores.
The green tea used acts as a natural antibacterial while the chamomile tea soothes the swelling and freshens your breath. When the clove oil is added, it provides almost instant pain relief as it numbs the gums.
In a half cup of hot water, steep two bags each of the green and chamomile teas for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and throw them away.
Let the tea cool for another 15 minutes, then stir in 10 drops of clove oil. Rinse your mouth with half of the wash for a full minutes. Then, spit it out and rinse with the remaining mixture for another minute.
After spitting out the second rinse, do not rinse your mouth. Instead, go on to the third step.
Step 3: Apply A Natural Gum Treatment
This fairly concentrated paste treats the sore, painful gums directly. The salt and tea tree oil gives it antibacterial properties while the peppermint oil kills the pain. As in the first step, the baking soda help clear away any crusty, dead tissue and neutralizes the acids causing your bad breath.
In a small dish, combine a teaspoon each of the salt and baking soda. Add three drops of the tea tree oil and mix the ingredients thoroughly. Then, add five drops of the peppermint oil. If the mixture is too runny, add a pinch of baking soda until it forms a paste.
Using a cotton swab or your fingertip, apply the paste directly to your gums. You may feel a slight stinging sensation for a few seconds, but this will stop once the peppermint oil numbs the nerve endings.
After you have covered the surface of your gums, leave the treatment on for at least two minutes. If you are able to withstand it, try to leave it on for three. The longer it stays on your gums, the better your results will be.
Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Try not to eat or drink anything for an hour after using the treatment.
Using the above remedy twice a day along with your prescribed treatment will give you some relief from your trench mouth symptoms and help your gums heal faster. However, if you notice your condition is not getting better or is getting worse, you may want to contact your dentist to discuss other gum disease treatment options.