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When you have a minor toothache from an emerging or impacted wisdom tooth, there are a few home remedies you can try using to mitigate the discomfort. However, please note that no home remedy can substitute for the thoughtful care of a licensed professional; see us if the pain is chronic or severe. Here are a couple of things you can try at home when the discomfort is slight.

A few drops of clove oil, which contains numbing properties, can be placed on cotton swabs or q-tips and placed on the throbby area to soothe away the discomfort; do not leave the cotton in the oral cavity for long and do not too 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 fights bacterial infections. Mix salt with warm water and rinse your mouth out for about a minute once or twice daily; don’t swallow the water!

Finally, you can use tea at home to fight the effects of a throbbing tooth. Peppermint tea is good for numbing the pearly whites, and black tea can help bleeding chompers stop bleeding by producing clots. You can also press your teeth down on a moistened tea bag to make chompers stop bleeding.

If you are seeing excessive or severe hurt or bleeding, please do not attempt any of these remedies. Instead, get in touch with our office at (337) 443-4912 and plan your next exam with Dr. Brock Barras and the Barras Family Dentistry staff in Lafayette, Louisiana.