Did you know you don't become wise until you're 17 to 21? Well, that's at least when your wisdom teeth generally decide to start pushing through the gums. As they make their way to the surface, your gums begin to swell and get tender, just like babies' do when they're teething.
If you don't have enough room in your mouth for all your teeth, the teeth might come up at an angle or get caught. This means you're more prone to have inflammation and infection. You can treat the discomfort and avoid infection by being careful. Check out the 6 ways you can treat your wisdom teeth discomfort.
1. Clove oil. Clove oil has anesthetizing capabilities, so using it to help with wisdom teeth pain is a great idea, according to Colgate. You want to be sure to cut the clove oil with a carrier oil as it's too strong by itself. Mommypotamus combines 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 2 to 3 drops clove oil. Keep it in an amber bottle so it doesn't get discolored. You can use your finger to apply this to your gums every 1 to 2 hours, or you can put it on a cotton ball and swab your gums with that.
2. Onion. Medical News Today shares that onions help reduce inflammation and infection. You can take a chunk of raw onion, place it in your mouth where it hurts and chew the onion, releasing its pain-reducing properties. Once you feel the pain begin to subside, you can either spit the onion out; or if you like onions, feel free to swallow it.
3. Listerine. You can kill two birds with one stone with this home remedy. Stylecraze recommends trying Listerine. Originally developed to help reduce infections and kill bacteria in the mouth, Listerine's bacteria-fighting abilities are also supposed to come with pain-reducing abilities. This might not really work, but it's definitely worth a shot if you're uncomfortable, and you'll get fresh breath at the same time!
4. Salt water. Salt water is great for a number of oral issues. Crest states that as wisdom teeth try to come in, the gums get inflamed and can get infected from food particles and bacteria. Swishing with saltwater can help keep that from happening. Mix 2 teaspoons of salt with 8 ounces of warm water and swish your way through the glass after meals.
5. Tea bag. Tea is calming when you're stressed, warming when you're cold and soothing when you're trying to fall asleep. Did you know, though, that tea bags can help reduce gum pain? Medical News Today reports that the tannin in the tea reduces the inflammation in the gums and kills bacteria. Steep a tea bag, place it in your mouth where the pain is and leave it for five to 10 minutes. Then, enjoy your cup of tea.
6. Compress. Hot and cold compresses can be great ways to help relieve discomfort according to Stylecraze. You can take your tea bag and place it in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to get it cold first if you prefer the cold. You can use cucumber slices as well. Frozen vegetable bags on the side of the face is an option for a cold compress, or you can use a hot water bottle for heat. Your body will tell you which one is best.
Although wisdom may not actually be contained in your teeth, you can be wise in how you deal with the problems these teeth create. Experiment with the remedies and find the ones that work best for you.