How To Use Aloe Gel to Soothe Inflamed and Cut Gums

Aloe gel is gathered from the fleshy part of the leaves of a plant called aloe vera. This plant has long been used to soothe and heal various ailments including burns and abrasions of the skin. There has not been conclusive evidence but there is promising support, according to MayoClinic.com, that aloe gel may be able to help heal wounds and calm skin inflammation. Consult a health care professional before using aloe gel inside the mouth to treat cut and inflamed gums. Commercial aloe gel may contain other ingredients making it unsafe for use inside the mouth.

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Step 1

Break off a small section of one aloe plant stem.

Step 2

Touch the area to be treated with a dry cloth or piece of gauze to remove excess saliva.

Step 3

Scrape the fleshy part of the stem to withdraw the aloe pulp. The fleshy part is found on the side that was facing the center of the plant.

Step 4

Apply the gel to the area needing treatment. When using a commercial product, simply place a small amount of the gel on the finger and apply it to the affected area.

Step 5

Repeat treatment up to three times per day for up to five days in a row over the course of four weeks. Commercial aloe gel should be used as directed.

Things You'll Need

  • Aloe plant or aloe gel product

  • Small cloth or gauze

Tip

Use a cotton swab to apply the gel to hard to reach areas. Dry the area before application by using one end of the cotton swab and applying the gel with the other.

Warning

Discontinue use if the gum inflammation worsens.

Contact poison control if a large quantity of aloe gel is consumed.

Report any adverse effects, including pain or abdominal upset, to a health care professional.

Seek qualified dental or medical advice to assess the underlying cause of the gum inflammation and wound. Aloe gel may reduce discomfort but it will have no effect on more serious gum and teeth issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease.

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