How You Can Sooth Constant Denture Irritation

How You Can Sooth Constant Denture Irritation
How You Can Sooth Constant Denture Irritation

Denture pain is not for the faint of heart — but luckily you don’t have to live with it! There are many ways to soothe denture pain, from natural remedies to medications to denture adjustment. Read our denture pain relief tips below and get ready to feel good again!

Have Your Dentures Properly Fit

One of the main causes of constant denture pain is a denture that doesn’t fit quite right. Even if your denture was fitting perfectly when it was created for you, your mouth can change over time. This is because bones tend to shrink with age and the gum ridge can also recede. To truly solve the problem on a long term basis, adjusting the fit is necessary. A temporary fix for ill fitting dentures is using a denture adhesive.

When consulting with your denture expert, he or she may be able to fix things with a simple relining or rebasing of your dentures. In more severe cases, you may need to get fitted for a new pair of dentures.

Natural Remedies

Home remedies are a way to relieve denture pain because you don’t have to worry about alarming side effects of medication and you are likely to have everything you need already in your pantry. Here a few natural tricks you can try to alleviate denture pain.

  • Salt. Gargling with warm salt water can have a soothing effect on your gums and as a bonus it can fight infection, reduce swelling and toughen up your tender gums. Put a spoonful of salt in a small cup of water and gargle to your heart’s content.
  • Cloves. Cloves are the dried flower from a tropical tree that are typically used a cooking spice. But, they also have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Take some ground cloves and combine with a few drops of olive oil to form a paste, then apply to affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
  • Black Tea. Black tea contains tannic acid that can help with swelling. Place a black tea bag in hot water for five minutes then remove the bag and let it cool down. Then apply it to gums for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
  • Turmeric. Mix spice with a few drops of water, mix into a paste and massage gums gently. Studies have shown turmeric has tons of great anti-inflammatory properties to soothe your swollen gums.
  • Aloe Vera. Aloe vera is known for antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and ultra soothing. Don’t reach for the aloe vera gel you use on your sunburned skin though! Go straight to the source and cut an aloe vera leaf and scoop out some of the gel. Apply it with a cotton ball and rinse afterward.
  • Figs. Ok so you might not have fresh figs laying around, but if you do, take one, slice it in half and directly apply the fig to your gums for some relief.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar is antiseptic which means it can help prevent infection and reduce pain. Rinse with straight shot of the good stuff (if you are brave) or dilute with water.
  • Aniseed. You can either combine crushed aniseed with boiling water to make a tea or you can even combine with peppermint.

Pain Relief Gel

Pain relief gels formulated specifically for denture wearers typically contain benzocaine, an anesthetic that temporarily numbs your gums. Benzocaine works by blocking the nerve signals in your mouth. Most gels are applied in a thin layer on your gums to reduce pain. Benzocaine products are known on the market by brand names including Orajel and Anbesol. Use these products with caution as they have been linked to a rare blood disorder called methemoglobinemia.


Want to avoid denture pain all together? While that might not be possible, you can minimize irritation by taking good care of your dentures and your mouth to begin with.

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