Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Home Remedies For Dry Socket Pain


Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a painful dentalm problem. It can develop 4 to 5 days after a tooth is pulled and is especially common after having a wisdom tooth extracted.  When this happens, the gap opens up to expose the nerves and bones beneath the gums. This would cause food particles, fluids and other residues to collect in the gap and irritate the exposed bones and nerves, causing immense pain, swelling, dizziness, recurrent headaches and even fever. It is important to get treated for dry socket to minimize pain and discomfort. You can help promote healing and reduce symptoms using home remedies. Also, follow the instructions given by your dentist.

Home Remedies For Dry Socket Pain


1 . Clove Oil

Clove oil has proved to be an effective treatment for dry socket. It can be applied directly on the dry socket with the help of a cotton swab. To decrease the sting of clove, first soak the cotton ball in the water and then, dip it in the clove oil. Now, apply it on the dry socket. You can also apply it on the neighbouring aching teeth. Do it once or twice throughout a day.

2 . Turmeric Powder

Turmeric is one of the most used home remedies that are used to cure a lot of health problems. The healing and anti septic properties of turmeric make it a perfect remedy to treat the problem of dry socket. All you need is to make a mixture of turmeric powder and warm water. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm water and stir it till turmeric is completely dissolved in water. Use this mixture to rinse your mouth 3 to 4 times in a day. Regular use helps in reducing the pain and helps in treating the problem faster.

3 . Lemon and Salt

The mixture of salt and lemon juice is a natural antiseptic and prevents further infection in the dry socket. Apply this mixture on the gums. You can also drink fresh lemon juice. Lemon is a rich source of  Vitamin C that helps in quick healing of the problem.

4 . Lukewarm Saline Water Rinse

Rinsing the mouth with lukewarm saline water solution 4-5 times a day can provide relief from a dry socket and its symptoms. The warmth of the saline solution would reduce the pain and swelling, while the salt content would get rid of any bacteria/virus present in the dry socket.

5 . Use Ice Pack

Using an ice pack is one of the simple home remedies that can be used in order to reduce the pain and infection caused by the problem of dry socket. All you need is to make an ice pack by wrapping some ice cubes into a piece of cloth. Alternatively you can also use a towel soaked in cold water. Place the ice pack or towel soaked in cold water over the face for about 15 minutes. Use this home remedy 3 to 4 times in a day to get relief from the problem of dry socket.

6 . Valerian Root

Valerian root is considered to be one of the best natural tranquilizers. It relieves the patient from excessive pain, anxiety, and stress, caused due to the dry socket. It also speeds up the healing process.

7 . Yogurt


Yogurt is a rich source of number of bacteria that helps in fighting off the infection causing bacteria from the body. Many people had found it very effective to treat a number of problems and the use can be extended to cure the problem of dry socket as well. Therefore it is advisable to add yogurt to your daily routine during the recovery period. Consume a cup of yogurt 2 to 3 times in a day reduce the symptoms.

8 . Cold Tea Bags

Like cold compresses, cold tea bags can be used to reduce the pain caused by dry sockets. Unlike cold compresses though, these tea bags can be placed directly on the dry socket for instant relief. Place the cold tea bag on the dry socket and bite down with your teeth to keep it in place. The tannic acid present in the tea bag would act as an antibiotic and work quickly to reduce the pain and swelling caused by the dry socket.

9 . Gauze


Placing a piece of moist gauze on the dry socket can reduce the pain and swelling it causes, and prevent foreign particles (including fluids, saliva and even air) from entering it. Place the gauze piece on the dry socket and bite down with your teeth to keep it in place.Remove the gauze piece after some hours and replace it with a fresh piece. This way, the pain and swelling caused by a dry socket would subside quickly.