When it comes to your teeth, the general rule is that the better we treat them, the better they treat us in return. However, there is one situation we have no control over no matter how well we keep them clean – wisdom teeth. The arrival of wisdom teeth are often dreaded and for good reason, they can be excruciatingly painful. For this reason, we have compiled a number of tips for you to use to try and find relief during this difficult time.
If you are unaware or reading this in preparation for the big day, wisdom teeth normally make an appearance between the ages of 16-22 but can be a little outside of this parameter too. Whilst some people have all four pushing through, others have less and a small percentage will not experience wisdom teeth pain at all. Let’s take a look at some pain-relief techniques;
Benzocaine – One of the easiest ways to ease wisdom teeth pain is to numb the surrounding area and this can be done with benzocaine. With any gel-based product that contains the vital ingredient, spread a layer over the affected area and you should notice the difference after just a few minutes. If you want the best results, dry the area with a cloth before applying as this will ensure it stays in place.
Ibuprofen – Often, it is the throbbing sensation that can distract you from your normal daily tasks and the solution for this could be ibuprofen. Of course, you should always speak to a professional with regards to dosage but this can ease the throbbing which normally leads to frustration and a lack of concentration.
Mouth Rinse – When it comes to mouth rinse, we have all been told various concoctions of magical ingredients but simple is nearly always best. For example, a simple cup of warm water with salt is as basic as you will get but the relief can be tremendous. Once the salt has dissolved, swish the mixture around in your mouth for up to a minute before spitting it out in your sink.
Clove Oil – Although this might not be as successful or scientific as the previous suggestions, cloves or clove oil is said to do the trick and most of us have this ingredient in our kitchen to start with. It is important to note that you shouldn’t crush or cut the clove but instead, place it on the painful area and wait for a numbing sensation. If using oil, dab it on the affected area via a swab or cotton ball.
Ultimately, these are fantastic tips for easing the associated pains that come with wisdom teeth but they should never be used as a replacement for real treatment. As soon as you experience pain that you believe could be your wisdom teeth, visit your dentist and arrange treatment which will most likely end in their removal.
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