Q: Grandma. I had my tooth pulled out recently. The pain is intolerable and my mouth is swollen. The dentist told me its natural but I need some remedies so I can at least get some sleep.
A: Dear D, Pain, swelling and a lot of discomfort are expected after tooth extraction but there are quite a number of good home remedies you can try to help you feel better. Try these remedies to help you recover from the dental procedure you just went through.
HOME REMEDIES AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION
1. Gauze – To stop bleeding after tooth extraction, you can bite gently on to a piece of gauze, which will stop blood flow.
2. Hot pad – You can use hot pad or cold pad to reduce pain. Wet and cold tea bags can also be used to relieve pain and stop bleeding.
3. Warm water – Rinse or gargle with warm salt water to clean the mouth and also to ward off infection This is one of the most effective home remedies after tooth extraction.
4. Cloves – If you have swelling and pain after tooth extraction, you can place a clove between the teeth to relieve pain. It is one of the most old-fashioned home remedies after tooth extraction and many swear by it.
5. Vitamin C – Vitamin C supplements are beneficial. Avoid spicy foods and foods that need excessive chewing.
6. Guava leaves – These are considered to have antiseptic properties and help in fighting infection after extraction. Boil 10 to 15 tender guava leaves in two to three glasses of water. Use this to gargle, which helps in relieving pain naturally.
7. Ice pack – Apply an ice pack to the outside of your face at the site of the extraction. Leave the ice pack on for 10 to 20 minutes and then take it off for 10 to 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle continuously for the first 12 to 24 hours after your surgery.
8. Garlic – Chewing garlic is one of the oldest home remedies after tooth extraction.
9. Calendula – This is the herbal extract from marigolds and has been used medicinally for centuries to relieve a wide range of conditions. Use as a mouthwash.
10. Clove Oil – Clove oil is an old folk remedy for relieving a toothache or dry socket after tooth extraction. It possesses analgesic and antiseptic properties and is highly effective for numbing the area, relieving the pain.
11. Arnica – Homeopathic arnica is helpful for relieving swelling and bruising in the mouth and around the gums after surgery, after extractions and even after orthodontist adjustments. Several doses of arnica after a tooth extraction can promote faster healing and relieve pain almost immediately. Do not take arnica before any dental surgery because it may encourage bleeding.
12. Belladonna – Homeopathic Belladonna can quickly relieve a toothache where there is deep throbbing pain. The person may have swollen red gums around the site of the painful tooth. The toothache may have started suddenly and may be relieved by the application of warm compresses.
13. Peppermint leaves – If peppermint leaves are placed around the tooth, there is considerable reduction in the pain. It is necessary to place the leaves for 15 to 20 minutes daily.
14. Acupressure – Apply acupressure on the webbed area between the thumb and the index finger.