How to Keep the Swelling Down Following an Oral Injury
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Whether you had a stray baseball hit you in the mouth, or you just got out of surgery for another tooth issue, now you have swelling and its associated pains to deal with. Here are some quick and easy remedies you can use at home to keep the swelling at bay.
Head into the kitchen for these, because most of the ingredients will be found there.
Black tea tops the list for most forms of swelling, as they are a natural disinfectant and anti-inflammatory agent. Just soak the bag in tepid water and press it directly against the site of the injury. For added efficacy, use a mixture of half salt, half water to “steep" the tea in, since salt is also a great cure-all for oral aggravation.
Depending on the type of injury and how your body reacts, you may also want to prepare either a warm or cold compress. Soak a clean cloth in either warm or cool water, wring it out, and press directly against the cheek. The warm compress will encourage blood flow, reducing swelling, while the cold compress will restrict the vessels – also reducing swelling, albeit in a different manner.
Be careful while testing both out, as generally speaking one or the other will work, but not both. If you experience pain with one, remove the compress immediately and wait a few moments before trying the other.
If you have access to garden plants and spices, reach for the turmeric and aloe vera. Both will reduce swelling, soothe the nerves, and reduce inflammation and irritation. You can also try tea tree oil for “pulling", by swishing it (or coconut or sunflower oil) around in your mouth for up to twenty minutes, until the swelling abates.
These remedies are not meant to replace qualified care, but to hold you over before and after you seek it. If you need more advanced treatment for swelling and pain, give us a call, and we'll gladly help you find the best solution tailored to your needs.
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