Tooth Ache

Tooth Ache

 This is the most common reason why one thinks of a dentist and  of a dental visit, rather this is why dentist exist.

Tooth decay

Abscessed tooth

Tooth fracture

A damaged filling

Repetitive motions, such as chewing gum or grinding teeth

Infected gums

An exposed root.

Disease of the jaw joint (TMJ)

Spasms of the muscles used for chewing

A toothache can also be caused by a problem that does not originate from a tooth or the jaw-

 -Diseases of the heart (angina or heart attack)

-Ear infections

-Sinus infections

-Neurological disorder -Neuralgias

However, if you are unable to schedule an emergency appointment

The following self-care treatment can temporarily alleviate pain and inflammation from a toothache:

-Rinse with warm salt water

-Gently floss teeth to dislodge any food particles trapped between teeth.

-Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Ibuprofen (Combiflam) or acetaminophen (Crocin) to relieve pain (to be used under medical supervision).

-Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth, as it may burn the gum tissue.

-Apply an over-the-counter antiseptic containing benzocaine directly to the irritated tooth and gum to temporarily relieve pain. Direct application of oil of cloves (eugenol) may also help to numb the gums. The oil may be rubbed directly on the sore area, or soak a small piece of cotton and apply it to the sore tooth.

 

-If there has been some trauma to the tooth, a cold compress may be applied on the outside cheek to relieve pain or swelling.

-Because the symptoms of a toothache may resemble other medical conditions or dental problems, it can be difficult to diagnose the cause without a complete evaluation by your dentist. If you notice pus near the source of the pain, your tooth may have become abscessed, causing the surrounding bone to become infected. Or the pus could indicate gum disease, which is usually characterized by inflammation of the soft tissue, bleeding gums and abnormal loss of bone surrounding the teeth.

Contact your dentist immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

-Fever

-Difficulty breathing or swallowing

-Swelling around the tooth area

-Pain when you bite

-A foul-tasting discharge

-Continuous lasting pain

Here are a few tips to help reduce your risk for developing a toothache:

    Brush at least twice a day, preferably after meals and snacks.

    Floss at least once a day to prevent gum disease.

    Visit your dentist regularly for oral examinations and a professional cleaning.

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