One of the most painful dental conditions most of us will come across is when the wisdom teeth start to come in. For most of us, this occurs during our teenage years. If the back area of your mouth is starting to hurt, there is a possibility that your wisdom teeth are coming in. In this article, we examine three major signs that indicate your wisdom teeth are coming in. If it continues to hurt for the whole day, it is important that you see a dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible to have your teeth examined. The pain you feel at the back of the mouth may also suggest other teeth conditions such as tooth decay so it is important that you have the problem identified as soon as possible.
#1 Lots of swelling
Swelling is a clear sign that your wisdom tooth is starting to emerge. If you are unlucky, you may be affected by an impacted wisdom tooth. This means your wisdom tooth is growing sideways, and not upwards. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, the pain may be even greater. If you are not able to see a dentist immediately, you should try some home remedies to reduce the swelling. For example, you can rinse your mouth with saltwater solution to get rid of bacteria in your mouth. You should also drink a lot of water during this time because it will stimulate saliva production.
#2 Constant pain
If your pain does not disappear for a long time, there is a good possibility that your wisdom teeth are coming in. If the pain is sporadic, your teeth may be affected by another dental condition. Until they are able to see a dentist, some people like to take over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen to reduce the pain. You should only use painkillers when you really need it. For example, if you are having trouble sleeping, take a painkiller. Otherwise, just hang in there and the dentist will sort you out.
#3 Bad breath
If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if you are regularly affected by bad breath. When I was affected by an impacted wisdom tooth, I had a lot of difficulty with cleaning the back area of the mouth. Food residue got easily stuck in the wisdom teeth area and that caused my breath to smell really bad. The best way to get rid of bad breath when you are affected by an emerging wisdom tooth is to use a water pick. Click here to read more about my experiences of using a Panasonic Oral Irrigator. It has made a huge difference to my dental health.