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When you have a bit of a toothache from an advancing or impacted wisdom tooth, there are some home remedies you can try using to mitigate the pain. However, please note that no home remedy can replace the thoughtful care of a licensed professional; see us if the pain is chronic or major. Here are a couple of things you can try at home when the uneasiness is only minor.

Some drops of clove oil, which contains numbing properties, can be placed on cotton swabs or q-tips and placed on the achy spot to soothe away the discomfort; do not leave the cotton in the mouth for long and do not use much oil since superfluous exposure to it can cause burns.

Garlic contains chemicals which fight bacterial infections, so you can use it when your wisdom teeth are infected. Mix minced garlic with a small bit of salt and rub it on the infected area. Likewise, saltwater also fights bacterial infections. Mix salt with warm water and flush your mouth out for about a minute once or two times daily; don’t swallow the water!

Finally, you can use tea at home to battle the effects of a painful tooth. Peppermint tea is awesome for numbing the pearly whites, and black tea can help bleeding teeth stop bleeding by creating clots. You can also chomp down on a moistened tea bag to make pearly whites stop bleeding.

If you are observing excessive or severe uneasiness or bleeding, please do not attempt any of these home remedies. Instead, call our office at 979-774-7500 and pencil in your next appointment with Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. and the Johnson Dentistry staff in Bryan, Texas.