The arrival of your wisdom teeth might not make you feel very wise. In fact, the tender gums, aching teeth, and pain could remind you of teething as a toddler.
Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of your mouth that don’t have enough room to emerge normally like a regular tooth. By understanding the cause of your sore gums and how your wisdom teeth play a part, you can find a natural source of wisdom teeth pain relief.
Why do my wisdom teeth hurt?
If you’re experiencing wisdom teeth pain, you’re not alone. Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 24, although they might begin pushing through earlier or later.
Your wisdom teeth rarely push through at a normal angle, which means they can impact your other teeth and cause pain. The American Dental Association (ADA) warns that wisdom teeth can also cause cysts and infections. With 51 million school hours lost every year due to dental-related illness, it’s important to talk to your dentist when your wisdom teeth start to come in.
How can I reduce my wisdom teeth pain?
For most people, wisdom teeth removal is a good option. But you still need to confront the pain associated with your impacted teeth until you can have them removed. But you can’t rely on whiskey or alcohol like your grandparents used to; even though 86% of people have tried alcohol at least once in their lives, soothing tooth pain with liquor is not recommended.
That being said, here are a few ways you can naturally reduce your soreness:
- Give yourself a facial massage. It might feel a little silly massaging your face to reduce dental pain, but 92% of people agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. This is because massaging the muscles helps to increase blood flow, which reduces inflammation.
- Drink green tea. Both green and black tea contain tannins that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. That means that, although the U.S. has ahold of 45% of the global pharmaceutical market, you can forego the ibuprofen and drink a warm cup of tea instead for a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Use cloves and clove oil. Use a whole clove and place it in your mouth without crushing or cutting it first. Place the clove directly on the spot that causes the most irritation. You can also use clove oil on a swab or cotton ball. Cloves and clove oil contain eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic. This is why you’ll experience a numbing sensation on that part of your gum.
If your wisdom teeth begin to come in or you experience dental-related pain, it’s important to talk to your dentist. In some cases, you might even be tempted to visit one of the 7,500 urgent care centers throughout the country. Wisdom teeth removal may be in your best interest and it’s a common procedure. Until you can get them removed, try one of the natural pain relief remedies above.