Q:Grandma, I have sores in my gums that are very painful. The medications are too expensive for me. Do you have solutions that can relieve the pain and heal the sores?
A: Dear R, Sore and painful gums can indicate the start of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. Women get more affected by sore gums than men. This can be related to hormonal changes, stress or deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals like folate and vitamin B12. It may also be caused by poor hygiene. You may want to treat sore gums at home using some natural and safe home solutions, but if the sores persist, you need to see your dentist.
You need to be cognizant of the fact that gum sores can indicate weak immune system and some underlying medical condition. Thus, persistent gum sores may also require seeing a doctor. Meanwhile, to relieve the discomfort, here are some effective and safe home remedies for gum sores.
HOME REMEDIES FOR GUM SORES
1. Hygiene – The plaque that builds up along the gum line can irritate the gum tissue that causes it to redden and swell. Soothe the tender gums by brushing along the gum line using a toothbrush with softy bristles. 
2. Massage – Massage your gums with liquid Vitamin E or with a little bit of witch hazel after brushing. Rub the gums in a circular motion using your index finger, all the way to where the gums meet the inner lips or cheeks. This increases the blood circulation and promotes healing.
3. Avoid Irritating Foods – These include citrus fruits, acidic vegetables, spicy foods as well as chewing gums. 
4. Ice or Cold Compress – Apply ice to your gum sores. You can use cold compress or by putting ice chips in your mouth near the sores.
5. Baking Soda – Gum sores have been traditionally treated by baking soda. A teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water can be a good mouthwash that you can do several times a day. The pain should be relieved within 24 hours. The baking soda and a little water can also be mixed to form a paste that can be rubbed onto the sore itself.
6. Salt Water – A tablespoon of salt dissolved in warm water can also be an alternative mouthwash that can be used several times during the day. This can help dry up or treat the gum sores.
7. Onion – Slice the onion and apply it on the sore for a few minutes. Like garlic, onions also contain allicin, which is the reactive component of garlic and onion as an herbal remedy.
8. Manage Stress – Stress can weaken the immune system. Sores can form when one’s immune system is weak. This is, of course, easier said than done. Learn to manage stress. Stay healthy. Sleep and eat well. Learn relaxation and meditation techniques. Learn the art of persuasion. Do time management. 
9.Eat Bacteria – Lactobacillus acidophilus is beneficial bacteria found in yoghurt. So consuming yoghurt can bring your body enough supply of these healthy bacteria. in helping to prevent canker sore outbreaks. A good source of these organisms is yogurt
10. Black Tea Bag – “Black tea” bags that is high in tannin, an astringent, can produce pain-relieving effect.