If you are getting ready for your wisdom tooth extraction, tune you can expect some amount of pain as well as swollen cheeks and jaw. Your doctor will most likely prescribe you pain medication to help you manage the pain as well as cold compresses for the swelling. But, there are some people out there who claim that pineapple juice is actually the best treatment for wisdom tooth recovery.
How much is backed by science and how much is just a fad? Here are the facts.
There's a trend that's becoming more and more popular on TikTok. Users are drinking large amounts of pineapple juice before their wisdom tooth removal, claiming that it helps with swelling and inflammation.
The trend was started by a nursing student. She said she saw another woman drinking 64 ounces of pineapple juice before surgery and that reduced post-op inflammation.
This trend is actually backed up by science. Pineapple contains certain enzymes that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and that can help prevent or minimize swelling.
There are a few small studies that have shown that bromelain, the enzyme mixture presented in pineapples, has a higher anti-inflammatory effect than others. However, there isn't consensus regarding this benefit in the scientific community.
Consuming a lot of pineapple juice can come with certain side effects, such as skin rashes, nausea, bloating, and diarrhea. Pineapple juice also contains a large amount of sugar and acid and that can damage the teeth' enamel and consequently lead to decay. Moreover, increased consumption of pineapple juice can lead to hormonal disorders and heartburn.
Dieticians recommend drinking 8 ounces a day of pineapple juice to maintain your health, much less than the 64 ounces recommended by the TikTok users.
If you are keen to try this challenge, then eating the whole pineapple fruit can have the same therapeutic effect, but without damaging your tooth enamel.
The best approach would be, however, to discuss possible treatments and options with your teen's dentist. They can offer the best tips for keeping pain and swelling at a minimum after wisdom tooth extraction.
Wisdom tooth removal is no easy feat and it's understandable for your teen to feel anxious and want to look for any tip that could help them manage their pain and post-surgery side effects. But, although some may swear by it, this social media trend might not be a good solution for wisdom tooth recovery.
Look for a dentist that you and your teen trust and listen to their advice.
At Highland Village Pediatric Dentist, we are oriented towards fulfilling the needs of our clients and giving them the best treatment.
Contact us now to schedule an appointment for your teen.