Toothache is a sign that here is an infection or inflammation taking place in the tooth. Such pain is usually throbbing and may be accompanied by a headache as time goes on. A Tooth pulp contains blood vessels, tissue and nerves. The pulp nerves are highly sensitive and can easily be irritated if air or microbes get access into them via a crack or cavity.

Causes

A toothache may be caused by one or more of the followings:

  • Decayed tooth
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth fracture
  • A damaged filling
  • Repetitive clenching or grinding teeth
  • Infected gums
  • Loose crown

Symptoms

  1. Throbbing pain
  2. Swelling around the tooth and/or jaw
  3. Sharp pain when chewing or biting
  4. Unbearable pain to pressure stimuli
  5. Severe sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli
  6. Increased body temperature headache
  7. Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth
  8. Bleeding or white fluid or pus discharge from a tooth or gums
  9. Reddened gum
  10. Offensive taste and smell in the mouth from the mouth

Prevention of toothache

A lot of dental issues including toothache can be prevented by practicing the followings:

  1. Daily flossing
  2. Proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste and soft toothbrush twice daily (fluoride is a natural element that helps prevent tooth decay)
  3. Professional dental care at least twice a year
  4. Eat a healthy diet and ensure food particles doesn’t get stuck between your teeth
  5. Visit a dentist at least twice a year to prevent both decay and gum disease.
  6. Wear a protective device while playing sports to help prevent accident or trauma
  7. Avoid/limit smoking
  8. If you use dentures, ensure that they are always clean

Treatments for a Toothache

  1. The treatment for any toothache is largely dependent on the cause. Treatment may involve any of the followings
  2. Professional tooth cleansing
  3. Use of dental glue and/or fillings
  4. Abscess draining and cleansing
  5. Use of synthetic implants to replace
  6. Scaling and polishing
  7. The use of oral numbing gel or pain medication
  8. Frequently rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

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