Do you have braces? Or do kids or teens in your home have them? Our oldest just got braces and was surprised at how minimal the pain was to get them on. The next day he realized the truth of what everyone had been telling him - days 2-4 are the worst and then the pain minimizes again.
Braces are great at giving us the straight teeth, smiles, and bite we desire. However, they can be quite uncomfortable, especially after adjustments. While most orthodontists will recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease that pain, we prefer to use these methods only as a last resort. Rather, we prefer more natural pain relief so the body can heal naturally and get used to the treatment. We also make sure to take a day or two of rest and easy activities - usually this is actually more appreciated than the pain relief! It's a wonder what validating and empathizing with the discomfort will do for a child's soul! A few books read aloud, a movie or two and some games will do wonders for the pain!
If you'd like to use some of the natural methods we use, they are listed below.
* Soft foods such as soup, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, smoothies, yogurt, and others are great!
* Ice cream for dinner and lunch! Want to spoil your hurting kiddo (or you)? Then serve up some ice cream, frozen yogurt, or popsicles.
* Peppermint tea bags - after drinking some peppermint tea, hold the warm, wet tea bags against the affected areas and the peppermint will reduce the pain.
* A warm washcloth or heating pad can also ease the jaw pain. Simply hold it against the area to ease pain.
* Gum massage - do you love a good shoulder massage? A gum massage can be just as soothing! Use your fingers to gently the rub the affected area - you'll be surprised at how much it'll help!
* Salt Water - use warm salt water to swish around your mouth for 60 seconds or so. The salt will heal the wounds from the brackets and metal and ease the pain. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
* Diluted clove oil - clove oil has been used for its dental healing and numbing properties for ages. It works wonders for dental issues, and pain from braces is quickly diminished with its use.
What's your favorite way to reduce pain from braces?