Denture Pain? Try These Homemade Remedies!

Dentures often seem to be the best alternative when the natural teeth are gone. However, when using them for the first time, one can experience pain and swelling at the level of the gums. Other symptoms are dry mouth or red sores on the gums, under the denture or even some white patches of yeast in the mouth.

remedies for denture pain

These problems can be triggered by a wide variety of causes: bacteria in the mouth or on the dentures, a low quality of the denture or not taking enough care of the oral hygiene.

Here are 10 homemade remedies that will make you feel better:


Helps to remove the swelling and the pain in the gums. Also, if there are any bacteria, it will remove them and lower the risk of dry mouth or of having sores.

  • Clean it with water and do this every day.
  • Remove the dentures and start rubbing your gums gently with a bit of salt.


The main compound, Eugenol, has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

  • Grind a few cloves to get ½ tsp. of powder and mix it with a few drops of olive oil.
  • Apply it on the gums and, after 5 minutes, remove it with warm water.

Black tea bags

Black tea contains tannic acid, which reduces swelling and any harmful bacteria.

  • Place the freshly used tea bag on the gums for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it with warm water and repeat this twice a day.


The compound named curcumin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It will also remove any bacteria.

  • Mix turmeric powder and water and apply the paste for 5 minutes on the gums.
  • Clean them with warm water and repeat this twice a week.

Aloe Vera

The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties will help your gums if:

  • You extract the gel from the plant and blend it.
  • Apply it on the gums for 10 minutes with a cotton ball and don’t eat for 1 hour.
  • Repeat this 2-3 times a day.

Massage the gums

By massaging them with a bit of olive oil, you will stimulate the blood circulation, thus reducing the pain and the swelling. Do the massage with your fingers and repeat this action 2-3 times per day.

Oil pulling

By doing this, you will remove bacteria from the mouth and moist it too. One tbsp. of cold-pressed vegetable oil is enough. Put it in your mouth and swish it around for 10-15 minutes.


Again, the anti-inflammatory properties will help your gums if you will use the water that has been boiled with 1 tbsp. of dried sage to gargle 2 times a day. You can also chew some fresh leaves of sage too.


Cut a fig in half. Place one half between the sore gums and your cheek, by keeping the inner part of the fig facing the gums. Rinse the area with warm water and repeat this action twice a day until the pain and the swelling are gone.

Maintaining a proper hygiene

Make sure to clean the denture properly, to keep away any bacteria. Keep them clean at all times by using a soft toothbrush. Also, remove it at night and soak it in water with vinegar or other denture cleaning solution. After eating, if possible, dentures should also be taken off and cleaned under the water.

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