When your tooth aches, everything you do is affected. You lose your drive to do anything. Your focus is on the persistent pain in your mouth and how to stop it. And for the unfortunate ones, a splitting headache usually follows.
Toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies. And because it is common, many people think that it is normal and doesn’t need attention.
That’s where many of us are wrong. Toothache is actually a symptom that a more serious dental condition is developing in your mouth.
At Eaglehawk Dental, we want more than just to stop the pain. We want to treat the cause, educate, and ultimately save you from more dental problems.
What Causes Toothache?
As noted, a toothache is not the crux of the matter; it is simply the tip of the iceberg. A toothache could mean one or more of the following:
Poor dental hygiene encourages the growth of bacteria that eats away the enamel of your tooth. As the bacteria continue to thrive in your mouth, your teeth become sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet food/drinks, causing the toothache.
Receded gums (Gum disease)
Poor dental habits don’t only affect the teeth; they also take a toll on your gums. The thriving bacteria attack the gums causing them to be infected, inflamed, and then shrink. Shrunken gums make the exposed roots sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet food/drinks, causing toothaches.
An abscessed tooth is the formation of pus in the tooth caused by an infection. When this happens you experience pain in the affected tooth.
Damage to your dental restorations can also cause toothache. A missing filling exposes the affected tooth, which becomes sensitive.
Toothache can also be caused by sport-related trauma or accidents. The force that your teeth suffer can leave you with a toothache.
Tooth grinding can leave you with jaw pain and damage to your teeth including chips, breaks, and toothache.
First Aid Steps
If you’re suffering from toothache, here’s what you can do:
- Prepare a lukewarm salt-water solution by dissolving a ½ teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of water. Use this to gargle several times a day.
- Make sure that there are no lodged food particles in your teeth. Gently floss your teeth, particularly in the affected area.
- Take OTC painkillers, but do not use aspirin if you are 18 years or below. Never put aspirin on the surrounding gums of the affected tooth as this can only burn them.
- You can also apply clove oil or a whole clove to relieve the pain. Dip the clean cotton swab in the clove oil and gently wipe the point of the pain.
- Visit your dentist.
It is important to remember that while OTC pain relievers may be helpful in providing relief from the pain, they do not solve the problem. They simply mask it; they only help you get by before you visit your dentist.
Eaglehawk Dental – Your Local Dentist in Eaglehawk
If you or your loved one is in pain, do not hesitate to call us for assistance. We urge you to visit us as soon as possible. Time is critical in saving your teeth and your smile.
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