Between the ages of 17 and 25, your teeth begin to see activity reminiscent of your earlier years of life. During this age period, the long-forgotten ache of growing teeth becomes ever-so-present, as it’s during this time your wisdom teeth begin to show. While the necessary steps once these teeth begin to make an appearance depends on your natural anatomy, as well as the health of your gums and surrounding teeth, the need to dull the pain associated with wisdom teeth is universal.
If you wish to avoid filling your mouth with synthetic pain relievers, while still effectively dulling wisdom teeth pain, then you must try these top natural remedies. Although the actual effectiveness of these remedies varies based upon your unique body chemistry, both science and natural health proponents suggest the following herbal and homeopathic treatments are powerful ways to control pain and increase comfort.
Cloves for Wisdom Tooth Comfort
Utilized for medicinal purposes for over 2,000 years, cloves have a rich history in dulling pain and aiding in digestion. According to data derived from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, clove oil is commonly used to control pain associated with dental work. Moreover, clove oil is commonly prescribed to naturally reduce inflammation, which is a non-so-uncommon symptom of wisdom tooth pain.
The primary active compounds in clove oil include: eugenol oil, tannins and caryophyllene; however, research suggests it’s the eugenol oil that makes this element such a potent pain and inflammation reliever. In fact, a study published in the November 2006 edition of the Journal of Dentistry, researchers found clove oil possessed equal anesthetic power as the synthetic benzocaine numbing agent.
There are many different ways to treat wisdom tooth pain with cloves. Perhaps the most common is placing 1 to 2 drops of pure clove oil directly on painful teeth. Within a matter of moments, you’ll experience much-needed relief. If you cannot locate clove oil (also sold as eugenol oil), simply place a whole clove leaf against your aching teeth. The pain-relieving oils slowly leech out of the leaf and onto your teeth and gums for long-lasting relief.
Peppermint Oil – Beyond Fresh Breath
Peppermint is a broadly used flavoring for anything from toothpaste to candies. However, did you know this everyday ingredient contains powerful antiviral, antibacterial and anesthetic qualities? In fact, its use as a medicinal herb dates back centuries, where it’s been used to treat skin irritations, anxiety, diarrhea and even menstrual cramps. However, its ability to reduce inflammation and provide cooling comfort to localized pain make it a promising natural remedy for wisdom tooth pain.
As with clove oil, the primary active compound in peppermint oil is menthol, which is classified as a volatile oil. When applied topically, this oil actively works to dull pain receptors due to its anesthetic properties, which provides temporary pain relief while simultaneously freshening your breath.
To maximize its pain relieving properties, create a peppermint tincture by adding 1 part pure peppermint oil to 9 parts grain alcohol. Allow the solution to rest overnight. For instant pain relief, dip a cotton ball into the tincture and apply the liquid directly to wisdom teeth. As with any natural remedy that utilizes a volatile oils and alcohol, do not over-apply as the strong ingredients can cause further irritation.
Cayenne Pepper – More Than a Beloved Spice
Utilized in culinary preparations throughout the world, cayenne pepper may add a dynamic element to your food dishes, but did you know it’s among the most powerful natural pain relievers? Evidence of such use dates back nearly 10,000 years, when early civilizations called upon the natural anesthetic properties of cayenne. Powered by the compound known as capsaicin, when applied topically it immediately begins to reduce the production of a specialized chemical. Known as Substance P, this chemical is responsible for transmitting pain signals to your brain.
Therefore, by reducing the amount and efficiency of Substance P, you effectively reduce pain signals. Pain relief occurs within a matter of minutes, which makes it the ideal choice for near-instant wisdom tooth pain relief.
To utilize this natural remedy for wisdom tooth pain, place 1 to 2 drops of pure capsaicin oil directly on your afflicted teeth. Be sparing, as too much of this oil can actually burn your gums. If necessary, dilute by placing 2 drops of capsaicin oil into ½ cup of cool water. Dip a cotton ball into the solution and apply directly to your pain-filled wisdom teeth. Repeat as necessary to control your pain.
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