Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of the mouth, which usually begin to break through the gum line between age 17 and 25. As they are erupting, your gums may be inflamed and tender, and you may experience ongoing headaches and toothaches. Since not all four teeth come in simultaneously, you’re likely to experience these symptoms on and off and to varying degrees until they are fully grown.
Here are some simple home remedies that can provide temporary relief from wisdom teeth pain.
Salt Water Rinse
Warm salt water can be used as a disinfectant to reduce your discomfort. It has been shown to promote healthy gums by eliminating any harmful bacteria.
Cloves have long been used as an analgesic and tooth pain reliever. It also has the added benefit of fighting harmful bacteria in your mouth to lower your chances of infection. You can use clove essential oil or boil four to six cloves to make clove water. You can even hold a whole clove in your mouth where the pain is located (make sure to avoid chewing it as it is quite bitter!)
Peppermint is a natural pain and inflammation reliever. Try applying a cotton ball soaked with peppermint extract to the gums or rinsing with peppermint tea.
You may be aware of aloe vera’s soothing properties on the skin, but did you know that it can also soothe and reduce inflammation in the mouth? Apply pure aloe vera gel to the gums for a cooling effect. It will also help heal your gums if they’re cut from your wisdom teeth growing in.
Garlic And Ginger
Research shows that crushed garlic and ginger are effective infection fighters. Try combining them into a paste and applying it to your gums to protect your gum line from bacterial infections.
For centuries, turmeric has been a natural remedy for stomach pains due to its excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Try rubbing crushed turmeric directly on the inflamed area for instant pain relief.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been proven to kill harmful bacteria effectively. However, this remedy is so potent that you should not apply it directly to your teeth. Instead, dilute tea tree oil with coconut oil and use it on your inflamed gums. Just make sure to rinse and spit out any residue, as tea tree oil should not be swallowed.
Home remedies for wisdom teeth pain don’t always work. If you are experiencing persistent sharp pain, headaches, or an abscess growing under your gums, you should contact your dentist right away for treatment.
Are you located in Fort Saskatchewan? Town Crest Dental is here for all your dental care needs. Our team of dental professionals can help you monitor your wisdom teeth, assist in symptom relief and advise on potential wisdom teeth removal. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.