It has the potential to be useful, but there are other better options.
Extraction of wisdom teeth is a procedure performed by many people. The American Dental Association (ADA) lists several reasons for having your wisdom teeth extracted, including pain, infection, damage to your neighboring teeth, cysts, and more.1 Basically, your dentist will likely recommend removing them at some point.
Extracting wisdom teeth is never fun and can cause a lot of anxiety. If you’re about to have your wisdom teeth removed, you’re probably wondering how to manage the pain and discomfort that will follow.
Your dentist will prescribe pain medications to assist you and give other home care tips, such as applying cold compresses to help manage your pain and swelling. However, if you’ve googled your questions, you may have stumbled upon a rather odd remedy for wisdom toothache: pineapple juice.
Can it work? Find out the answer in this short article from Nashoba Valley Dental!
Pineapple JUICE AND PAIN: A MIXED SITUATION
Although it is a little more complicated than it appears on the Internet, you will be surprised to learn that there is some truth to this claim.
Pineapple juice can help reduce swelling and relieve pain thanks to a natural enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme can trigger the body’s ability to fight pain and reduce swelling. So it’s not the pineapple juice itself, but an ingredient you can find in it.
Several studies have taken a closer look at bromelain and found that it can have excellent results. For example, in a small study of 40 participants with wisdom teeth extracted, 70% (28 participants) felt better with bromelain. Swelling and pain have decreased.
However, the participants also took an antibiotic, which can significantly help with the pain and swelling. Not to mention that they only got bromelain and not pineapple juice. Therefore, the results should be approached with skepticism.
SO SHOULD YOU DRINK Pineapple Juice AFTER Twenty-Tooth Extraction?
Pineapple juice may not be the best way to deal with pain and swelling after dental surgery. First, you will probably have to drink a lot to feel the effects, and very high levels of pineapple juice can have some adverse side effects like nausea and diarrhea.
Fruit juice is also very high in sugar, so it is not recommended for people with diabetes or blood sugar irregularities. Experts recommend limiting your pineapple juice intake to just 8 ounces per day so that the amount of bromelain you take won’t be too much.
The best approach in this situation is to talk to your dentist. If you’re concerned about taking pain medication, even over-the-counter, your dentist can help you discover other pain management solutions that work for you.
If you’re preparing to have your wisdom tooth extracted, you can expect some soreness and swollen cheeks and chin. Your doctor will likely prescribe pain medications to help you manage the pain and cold compresses for swelling. However, some claim that pineapple juice is the best cure for wisdom tooth healing.
How much is backed by science, and how much is just a whim? Here are the facts.
TikTok Users Claim Pineapple Juice Is Great for Wisdom Teeth Healing
There is an increasingly popular trend on TikTok. Users drink large amounts of pineapple juice before having their wisdom teeth extracted, claiming it helps with swelling and inflammation.
A nursing student started this trend. The student said that another woman drank 64 ounces of pineapple juice before her surgery, and she saw that it reduced inflammation after surgery.
Does It Work?
This trend is backed by science. Pineapple contains certain enzymes that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can help prevent or minimize swelling.
A few small studies show bromelain, a mixture of enzymes found in pineapple, has a higher anti-inflammatory effect than others. However, there is no consensus on this benefit in the scientific community.
Take it with a Grain of Salt.
Consuming too much pineapple juice can bring some side effects, such as skin rashes, nausea, bloating, and diarrhea. Pineapple juice also contains large amounts of sugar and acids, which can damage tooth enamel and eventually lead to decay. Also, increased consumption of pineapple juice can lead to hormonal disorders and heartburn.
Dietitians recommend drinking 8 ounces of pineapple juice daily, much less than the 64 ounces recommended by TikTok users to maintain your health.
If you’re keen to try this challenge, eating pineapple whole can have the same therapeutic effect but won’t harm your tooth enamel.
However, discussing possible treatments and options with your child’s dentist is the best approach. They can offer the best tips for keeping pain and swelling to a minimum after wisdom tooth extraction.
Looking for a Good Pediatric Dentist for Your Child?
Wisdom tooth extraction is no easy task, and it’s understandable if your child is anxious and wants to look for clues that can help them manage their pain and post-surgery side effects. However, this social media trend may not be a good solution for wisdom teeth healing, although some swear by it.
Find a dentist you and your child trust and listen to their advice.
What Else Can You Do to Prepare Yourself for a Successful Recovery?
Dr. Wolff said one of the best things you can do is take an NSAID like Motrin or Aleve to help reduce swelling after surgery. Dr. “This works pretty well for pain, too,” Wolff said. “If you can reduce the swelling, you’ll probably reduce the pain as well.”
Dr. Wolff said that putting ice on the side of your face can also help with swelling and pain. Adding salt water or hydrogen peroxide mouthwashes can also help with swelling; Alan stated that you should not swallow them.
If you want to try pineapple juice and think your stomach and mouth can handle it, keep trying. Just know that no factual data confirms that this method will benefit everyone.