Wisdom teeth. It doesn’t matter how many generations of us live on this planet, we are still looking for ways to survive the discomfort and pain that the growth of wisdom teeth brings us – and yet there is so much nonsense out there! Instead of Googling miracle cures for wisdom tooth pain, you should instead listen to the wise advice of dentists who have seen hundreds, if not thousands of patients stagger into their dental office with wisdom tooth pain, because they know what will actually work when it comes to this particular type of tooth growth. These five tips have been put together by experts in their field, and they will work for absolutely everyone.
- Take some pain relief – but not too much
Obviously, the pain of wisdom teeth can be excruciating, and you should definitely take some pain relief so that you are able to continue on with your daily life, but you should be wary of taking too much. You also need to be able to feel whether anything changes with your teeth, and if you are taking too many meds then you may not know until days later, by which time it could be a little late. Every day, try to reduce the amount of pain relief you take to see whether your body is starting to heal itself.
- Keep the area clean with regular brushing
The last thing that you want is for the breakage of the gums around your new wisdom teeth to get infected, so regular brushing is highly recommended – although of course, you should be doing this anyway! Time yourself and ensure that you brush for the full 2 minutes morning and night, and you will help to keep your new wisdom teeth healthy. Just do not press down too much on your new teeth because the gums will be very tender!
- Rinse with salt water after each meal
This is a little known tip, but dentists actually recommend it all of the time because it can work wonders for keeping your mouth healthy between brushes. After you have eaten a meal, get a small glass of warm water and stir a teaspoon of salt into it – and then gargle the entire amount. It will remove much of the bacteria and sugars from your mouth, and sterilise your mouth so that your wisdom teeth can continue growing happily and healthily.
- Go and see your dentist as soon as possible
Your dentist is the only person who can tell you whether you can leave your wisdom tooth to grow naturally, or whether it needs to be taken out. In San Diego, wisdom teeth removal is a common occurrence with dentists whenever a wisdom tooth isn’t developing properly, and because it’s so routine they are very happy to offer it to anyone who needs it. The procedure is over very quickly, and in fact can be less painful than leaving the wisdom tooth in there!
- Accept that it may have to come out
Many people have a strange affection for their wisdom teeth because it proves to them that they have reached maturity, but that is not a good enough reason to leave them in your mouth if they are causing you pain and are going to cause problems. You will not need to spend much time out for the count as the procedure is quick and clean, and apart from a few rest days you can continue on with your life as normal. Because your wisdom tooth was around for such a short amount of time, you may find that you forget about it completely