If you’ve ever had toothache you’ll know how excruciatingly painful it can be and how miserable it can make you feel. It’s something that can affect anyone of any age even babies experience it when they start teething. Described as a painful sensation that originates from the teeth or the tissues that surround them, toothache can be experienced in a number of ways.
The severity of pain it causes can vary from mild to severe. It can be sharp and sudden or a dull ache, and it may be constant or it may come and go. The pain is often worse at night too, including when you’re lying down, as well as when you’re eating and drinking (often when you’re eating or drinking something hot or cold). The source of the pain could be variable: it could be a cavity, a broken tooth, an infection, or even a sinus condition. But until you can get an appointment to see the dentist, some of the toothache remedies listed below could provide relief. Clearly, it’s important to eventually figure out the root and extent of the issue, but in today’s article we are going to be discussing the ways one can prevent tooth ache, with ease;
1. Stay away from hot/cold/sweet foods:
Tooth pain can be exasperated when the affected area comes into contact with hot or cold foods. If you find that pain remains fifteen seconds after the offending stimuli has been removed, there is a strong possibility the tooth is infected. Avoid foods that trigger pain until you see your dentist.
Additionally, sugary and acidic foods can further agitate a badly decayed tooth that is causing pain. Both are catalysts of decay, and so not only can they irritate the infected area, but they can also worsen the damage being done. Hard foods should also be avoided when experiencing tooth pain, as it can worsen chips, cracks, and loose teeth. They also put pressure on an already painful, sensitive area.
2. Floss regularly:
Floss thoroughly between teeth. Pain and discomfort can be the result of pressure building from food debris that has become lodged between teeth, use an 18-inch strand of floss wound about the fingers, leaving two inches of working space. Carefully and gently work the floss between each tooth, moving the string in a C-shape to hug around the body of each tooth.
3. Mouthwash or mouth rinse to disinfect:
An antiseptic mouthwash, or mouth rinse, can be used similarly to a saline solution to remove any lodged debris between teeth and disinfect the area. Look for a rinse that boasts the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure the product is proven safe to use. Avoid products that make claims of whitening properties, which can be harsh and irritating to the afflicted area.
4. Treat sinus symptoms:
Sometimes tooth ache is from the congestion of a sinus infection and not a dental issue. If in addition to tooth pain you are experiencing a runny nose, cough, mucus, nasal drip, ear pain, fever, sore throat, loss of smell and taste, or pressure around the nose, eyes, and forehead, you may have a sinus infection. Typically, if tooth pain is related to congestion, it will be felt in the upper molars, most likely affecting multiple teeth. To ease symptoms, drink plenty of water, use a net pot to clear sinuses, and use steam treatments from either a hot bowl of water or shower to ease pressure. Make an appointment with your doctor to have the extent of the infection examined and properly treated.
A good oral hygiene routine is your best bet for preventing toothache as well as other problems such as gum disease. This includes:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time using a fluoride toothpaste
- Cleaning between your teeth every day using floss, dental tape or interdental brushes to remove food and plaque
- Using a fluoride mouthwash at a time when you’re not brushing to help remove plaque
You should also see your dentist for regular check-ups as often as they recommend – you may need more frequent appointments if you have a problem your dentist wants to keep an eye on, or they may advise you to come back in a year’s time.
Also consider giving up smoking if you’re a smoker, since cigarette smoke may make some dental problems worse. And it’s important to eat as healthily as possible, with limited amounts of sugary foods and drinks. As some sporting activities carry a risk of injury including damaging a tooth, losing a filling, breaking a tooth or even losing a tooth altogether it’s also a good idea to wear a protective dental guard or protective headgear while playing to help prevent problems. Your dentist can advise you about suitable gum shields, depending on your activity.
While regular dental check-ups are essential to good oral health, tooth aches and gum irritation should not be put on hold. Any type of pain or discomfort is symptomatic – it’s a clear sign that something is not right – so getting to the dentist immediately is highly recommended.
The so-called “natural” remedies are excellent for short-term relief, but continued pain requires professional diagnosis to get to the bottom of an issue. A thorough oral exam is necessary in order to identify problems and prevent the problems from developing or deteriorating.
At the dentist’s office, early diagnosis is key to proper treatment and the best possible outcomes. If you have a nagging toothache, it’s absolutely essential to get to the root of the problem. In fact, if left unattended or untreated, there may even be a need for some emergency oral care.
As some sporting activities carry a risk of injury including damaging a tooth, losing a filling, breaking a tooth or even losing a tooth altogether it’s also a good idea to wear a protective dental guard or protective headgear while playing to help prevent problems. Your dentist can advise you about suitable gum shields, depending on your activity.