A wisdom tooth can occur anytime between the ages of 17 and 25 and is one of those things you’ve just got to live through to make it to the other end.
A normal toothache in itself is a nightmare, and the wisdom tooth doesn’t make it any better.
What causes the pain?
The pain is caused as a result of a new set of teeth trying to grow out where your other teeth already are. It leads to overcrowding and in most cases, crooked teeth. This isn’t something that can be avoided. Most people choose to have their wisdom tooth removed, but others grow it out. However, you can make the experience a little more bearable by planning ahead and following precautions.
Some common symptoms that are seen across the spectrum are the pain in the jaw, swelling and redness in the gums, headache, and sometimes even bad breath. Some people even experience pain while biting and swallowing. The pain can either develop gradually or come on suddenly.
There are over-the-counter drugs available to help you get rid of the pain. However, they are just painkillers that do not target the root cause of the pain. At Markham NS Dental Clinic, we offer help in case of emergency when the pain gets out of control. Meanwhile, here are 15 home remedies to help you with the pain.
● Clove oil
Dab it onto a cotton pad and apply on the wisdom tooth and the surrounding area. This can be repeated two to three times a day. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties will prevent any infection.
A little bit of salt mixed with lukewarm water is the best and most common remedy for wisdom tooth ache.
● Ice pack
Another convenient and quick remedy, the ice pack reduces swelling and dulls the pain.
● Tea tree oil
Take the tea tree oil on your finger and dab it on the affected area.
It possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help keep infections at bay and enable a healthy growth. You just take a cut up garlic clove and keep it over the affected area for a few minutes or chew a few cloves if you prefer.
● Guava leaves
Guava has analgesic antimicrobial properties that work wonders for the pain. You could simply chew on a few guava leaves or boil some with water, and then use the water as a mouthwash.
Simply place the powder on the aching area, and you’ll get a measure of relief. You can also heat it with lemon juice then apply to affected area.
The wheatgrass draws out the bacteria and helps alleviate the pain. You could use it as mouthwash, or simply chew on wheatgrass leaves.
● Chewing gum
Chewing gum leads to saliva production and, in turn, helps keep the area lubricated and clean.
Cheese alleviates pain and reduces any bleeding you might be having due to the tooth.
● Oil pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient and guaranteed remedy for a toothache. Mix 1 Tbsp sunflower oil, coconut oil, and sesame oil each. Swish it in your mouth and then spit it out. Now swish some warm water mixed with salt and then spit this out too. Repeat as necessary.
Gently massage the gum, applying very little pressure. This will loosen the nerves and avoid pain.
If the pain doesn’t alleviate, you should get yourself to a dentist immediately. But until then, these home remedies should give you a lot of relief from the pain.