Tea Bags, Clove Oil
I had a tooth extraction two days ago and thought I'd share a couple of things that were shared with me to make recovery a lot easier.
1.) Instead of gauze, use a warm, wet teabag to apply pressure. The tannic acid in the tea will help stop the bleeding and cause the tissue to start healing faster. Any tea will do, though I used black tea.
2.) A drop of clove oil on the wound will help with pain. It stings at first and then numbs it. Clove oil is also good for helping the wound heal and has antiseptic properties, even if it has a nasty taste.
3.) After 24 hours, gently swish with salt water--about 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water. Swish after every meal. The salt will kill any bacteria and the gentle swishing will dislodge any particles of food from the open wound.
4.) Keep to soft food for the first 24-48 hours and easily chewed foods--nothing crunchy or chewy or drunk through a straw--after that.
5.) A vitamin C supplement is a good idea during the recovery phase.
Strangely I just had a tooth extracted a few hours ago. Unfortunately I've had many teeth pulled so I can say from lots of experience that the above advice is RIGHT ON. All great ideas for fast and painless as possible healing. One more thing - try to keep your tongue out of it. Difficult to not fiddle with it, I know, but try your best.
Aloe Vera is the best for healing in the mouth.
Umeboshi Plums, Propolis
In a few days I have to have a molar out. The pain was so excruciating these last couple of nights impossible to rest until a friend brought me Umeboshi plums to put on the infected tooth. Totally bearable and then the pain very quickly disappeared.
Another friend then brought a tiny sheet of Propolis to put round the tooth. It stays there like chewing gum and is also brilliant- absolute anaesthesia. These 2 remedies should NOT be used at the same time or one immediately after the other.
Warm Salt Water
warm salt water is the only thing that has given immediate relief to the pain of my wisdom tooth coming in. warm tap water and sea salt.