If your second molar hurts and nothing you take or do makes it feel better, relieve the pressure in your jaw. Sometimes, pressure builds up in your jaws when the soft tissues around a bad tooth develop an abscess. The swelling can create excruciating pain in the side of your face that contains the bad tooth. You can alleviate the pain temporarily by gently massaging your jaw and cheek according to the tips given below. Here’s what you do.
Purchase Coconut Oil
The first thing to do is visit a local retailer and purchase a 4- to 16-ounce bottle of solid organic coconut oil. Coconut oil benefits your body in many ways, including by fighting infections. The oil contains natural antioxidants that cleanse the skin of impurities that trigger inflammations, such as bacteria, without drying out the skin or over saturating it. Organic coconut oil is ideal to use because it doesn’t contain artificial colors, additives or impurities that overwhelm the oil’s health benefits.
Coconut oil also melts as it warms up on your skin. A number of sources recommend using heat compresses to alleviate swelling and inflammation caused by toothaches. However, the warmth generated by your coconut oil may be safer for you because it doesn’t become too hot when applied to your face.
After you have your oil, move to the next step.
Massage Your Jawline and Cheek With Coconut Oil
Gently dampen your face with warm water, then allow the warm water time to open up the pores on your skin. It’ll help the coconut absorb into your skin better. Now, follow the steps below:
- Place 1/2 teaspoon of oil into the palm of one hand.
- Rub both palms together until the coconut oil turns into a liquid.
- Apply the melted oil to your face with your fingertips, then lightly massage the oil into both sides of the jaw for two minutes. It’ll help relieve pressure throughout your face and not just your bad jaw.
- Move fingertips to the indentations between your upper jaws and cheeks. Glide your fingertips along this area very slowly. Perform this step for one minute.
- Place the fingertips of both hands in the area just below each earlobe. Brush your fingertips downward and along your jawline until they meet in the center of your chin. Repeat at least 10 times.
- Rinse your face with warm water, then very carefully dry it with a soft cloth.
The swelling and pain in your jaw should subside within 15 minutes of performing the massage. You may feel a slight tingling in your face as the fluids drain away. Try to perform the steps above twice a day or until you see your dentist for care.
If you still experience pain after doing the steps above for about two days, contact a dentist like River City Dental for an emergency appointment to treat the abscess.