Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to grow in while we’re young. They are often not needed, as our mouth size is already complete. Some people do have wisdom teeth but they don’t come in properly or cause other problems that cause extraction of the tooth. There are a few ways we can relieve the pain of wisdom tooth pain at home.
1. Saltwater Rinse
One of the best home remedies for toothaches is a saltwater rinse. The research suggests that rinsing your gums with warm water and dissolved sodium chloride (salt) promotes healthy gums and kills harmful bacteria. It’s a good idea to keep your mouth free of harmful bacteria when wisdom teeth can sometimes hurt your other teeth or create cysts when they erupt through your gums
2. Cold or Heat Therapy
Home remedies for wisdom tooth pain can help relieve your pain. For example, you can use an ice pack to your cheeks to reduce inflammation and swelling. Cold also has a numbing effect that can reduce your pain. Applying gentle heat can promote healing by relieving the tension in your cheek and increasing the blood flow to promote healing. You can use a single method or alternate between hot and cold treatments. Apply hot or cold to the area for several minutes at a time depending on what works best for your pain. Some people alternate between hot and cold treatments.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. That being said, it’s a good remedy for swelling. Around your wisdom teeth, aloe vera can soothe them and reduce swelling. It also helps with healing if your gums become scratched or cut.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an antibacterial agent that can help kill bacteria on your teeth. When you’re in pain due to a wisdom tooth, combine tea tree oil with coconut oil and apply it directly to your gum. While tea tree oil shouldn’t be swallowed, you can spit out any residue remaining in your mouth after treatment
Menthol is a natural pain reliever that works by cooling the skin. If you want to ease your toothache using this home remedy, dilute a peppermint mouthwash that contains alcohol and menthol before applying it directly to the problem area.
While there are home remedies for pain, you should see a professional for a permanent solution. Wisdom teeth can cause serious damage in the long run. Contact us today to schedule an honest appointment with our trusted dentist.