Reducing the pain of emerging wisdom teeth

The growing of wisdom teeth is usually inevitable for many however there are things you can do to minimize those growing pains. Wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge between the ages of 17 and 21. While healthy wisdom teeth don't usually cause a lot of pain, they can be bothersome.Melbourne Central Dental recommends five things to help:

  • Try a warm saltwater rinse. Warm saltwater will help ease moderate wisdom tooth pain without the use of medications. Just swish the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit. Be careful not to swallow the saltwater.
  • Try chewing gum on the side where you're experiencing pain. Chewing gum will gently massage the painful area and may offer some temporary relief.
  • Use a numbing agent. Oral numbing medications can be bought over-the-counter at most pharmacies, discount department stores, and supermarkets. Apply a small amount to the affected area to numb the site for up to 30 minutes at a time.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers. Acetaminophen helps relieve the pain associated with emerging wisdom teeth. Follow the dosage and directions on the pain reliever packaging and pay close attention to any warnings labelled on the bottle. If you have other medical conditions or are taking other medications, consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication to avoid harmful drug interactions.
  • Make an appointment with your dentist if you experience constant or severe pain.

For more information wisdom teeth, contact your local dentist. If you’re looking for a dentist in Melbourne CBD, call Melbourne Central Dental on (03) 8608 8968.

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Created: 06 November 2014