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Tooth pain can be difficult to deal and you may have to wait for sometime before you actually get a dentists appointment. Here are some at-home measures that you can follow to get some temporary relief from pain, swelling, and other discomforts.

Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain and discomfort when they come in. They are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth and more often than not, struggle to find adequate place inside the mouth. Swelling of the gums around the jaws, pain in chewing, opening the mouth, and swallowing are some of the common symptoms that can arise as a result of the wisdom teeth erupting [1].

In an ideal world, everyone would be able to get their wisdom teeth removed as soon as they come in. Unfortunately, a lack of awareness, the prohibitive cost of dental treatment, availability of dentists, and other factors mean that such a utopia is still quite far away.

People are also concerned about complications such as infection after wisdom tooth removal, pain, and swelling. These potential complications can cause them to delay wisdom tooth extractions [2].

Here are some home remedies that can help you reduce pain and discomfort associated with wisdom teeth until you get yourself to a dentist.

Warm salt water rinse

Perhaps the most commonly used at-home measure to get relief from wisdom tooth pain is the use of warm saline rinses. Often when a wisdom tooth is erupting, it is covered by a layer of gum tissue underneath which food keeps getting stuck. This pocket of gum tissue is very difficult to clean and bacteria can often accumulate there.

Using a warm salt water rinse every four hours or so can help provide relief by cleaning out this area and bringing down the inflammation [3].

Clove oil

Clove oil is perhaps the most effective at-home method that can be used for tooth pain. It has natural anesthetic and antiseptic properties that help provide pain relief [4]. Clove oil can even be used as a temporary measure even in teeth with deep decay that need a root canal [5].

The easiest method to apply clove oil to the tooth is to wet a piece of cotton with the oil and then bite on it with the painful tooth. Most people experience pain relief within a few minutes.

Ice application

The inflammation around an erupting or a poorly erupted wisdom tooth can result in plenty of swelling. This swelling may also be seen from the outside of the mouth. In such cases, patients find it difficult to open their mouth, chew, or even speak.

Applying ice to a swollen part of the face can help bring down the inflammation and the associated swelling. Care should be taken not to apply anything hot from outside since that can dramatically increase the swelling [6].

Tea Bags

Using moist tea bags to help provide some relief from the pain and swelling around wisdom teeth is also a very popular method. This method works because of the anti-inflammatory properties that tannic acid has [7].

Using tea bags to bring down the inflammation is most effective in the case of erupting wisdom teeth. If there is decay or some other kind of infection then it may not be very effective.

Baking soda and toothpaste

Most houses will have easy access to baking soda in their kitchens but only a few would know that it can be used to provide relief from tooth pain as well. The best method to use baking powder is to mix it with an equal quantity of toothpaste and then apply that paste to the affected area [8].

Patients should see a relief in pain within a few minutes followed by a decrease in swelling over a longer period of time.

Avoid excessively sweet, hot, and hard things

Once you have received some amount of relief by using one of the above-mentioned methods, it is equally important to make sure that you do not aggravate the problem again. Food articles which are very hard will be uncomfortable to chew on and can cause an immediate worsening of the pain. Sweet and hot things will cause pain in case tooth decay has exposed the underlying nerves of the tooth.

Try and stick to soft food, avoid chewing from the affected side, and do not consume fizzy aerated drinks until you get yourself to a dentist [9].


There are plenty of at-home measures that can be used to provide temporary relief from wisdom tooth pain. None of these is, however, a definitive treatment method. Plenty of times, these methods will dull the pain but do nothing to stop the spread of infection or decay inside the tooth. By using these methods for a prolonged period of time, you may actually be worsening the situation [10].

Use the at-home methods for temporary pain relief and set up an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to get to the root of the issue.

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