Does Pineapple Juice Really Help with Wisdom Teeth Recovery? 

If you are about to get your wisdom tooth extracted, you are probably looking for ways to manage your pain and discomfort post-extraction. 

Your Worcester County dentist will prescribe pain medication and offer you some tips that will make the pain and swelling go away faster. But, if you are looking for natural remedies, you may discover that a lot of people recommend pineapple juice for wisdom tooth recovery.

Is it really effective? Should you stock up on pineapple juice before your appointment? 

Here's what you need to know. 

How It All Started 

The internet is full of food fads. Every year people swear by a new diet or superfood that allegedly can improve your well-being and help with various health ailments. Recently a TikTok user said that drinking 64 oz of pineapple juice before extraction is a surefire way to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Quickly, numerous other users jumped on the trend, claiming that this trick actually works. 

But is it really effective? 

There Is Some Truth to This Trend 

Unlike most of the food fads out there, there's actually a bit of science behind the effectiveness of pineapple juice in managing pain and swelling after a tooth extraction

But, the secret doesn't lie in the juice itself, but one of the enzymes pineapples contains - bromelain. 

A few small studies have shown that bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties. 

That said, you shouldn't start drinking tons of pineapple juice to experience pain relief after a wisdom tooth extraction. First of all, 64 oz of pineapple juice is way too much and it can probably do more harm than good as the amount of sugar in the juice is considerably high. 

You can try eating pineapple fruit or taking the enzyme itself if you want to use this remedy. 

What You Can Do Instead 

Pain and discomfort are no fun and understandably you want to get rid of them as fast as possible. But, when it comes to your wealth and well-being, patience and following your doctor's instructions are usually the best remedy. So, instead of chasing internet trends and fads, you can try: 

  • Taking pain medication to ease your pain
  • Eating a soft food diet for a few days to prevent infections 
  • Eating on the other side of the mouth 
  • Don't smoke or drink through a straw 
  • Avoid hot beverages 
  • Eat a bit of ice cream to help with the swelling 

Is Your Wisdom Tooth Bothering You? Book Your Appointment with Khanani Family Dentistry 

It's normal to feel a bit anxious about wisdom tooth extraction. But, we promise you that you have nothing to worry about when one of our doctors takes care of you. 

If you want to book your appointment with a dentist at Khanani Family Dentistry, call us at (508) 829-4575 or send us a message online and we will get back to you. 

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