Toothache is the worst form of pain experienced by human beings.
It involves a sharp, throbbing in/around the affected tooth which can last for hours, days, or longer. Even worse, it can interfere with your eating and drinking habits, your sleep patterns, and how you go about your daily life.
Knowing the cause of your toothache is vital in helping you treat the real issue than just relieving the pain.
Below, I’ll share with you the common causes of a toothache, top signs and symptoms to look out for, and proven ways of getting rid of this pain.
Toothache- Common Causes
- Tooth decay or cavity
- Abscessed tooth
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Damages fillings
- Infected or sensitive gums
- Bacterial infection
- Repetitive tooth motions (e.g., chewing, grinding)
In addition to these primary causes, there are a number of triggers (foods and behaviors) that can ignite this pain or worsen it. These include:
- Taking cold drinks and foods
- Eating sweet foods
- Putting pressure on your teeth
- Biting down anything
The symptoms of a toothache tend to vary depending on the cause/condition. But feeling pain in your mouth is the key symptom of the possibility of a paining tooth.
Check out for the following symptoms for toothache:
- Sharp, throbbing pain that just doesn't go away
- Feeling pain whenever you apply pressure on your tooth
- Swelling and aching of gums
- Bad taste in your mouth (due to an infection)
- Fever or headache
If your toothache lasts for over 1 or 2 days, don’t hesitate to contact a professional dentist.
If you get critical symptoms such as headache, fever, or a bad taste in your mouth, call your dentist ASAP.
If the pain interferes with your daily life, what you eat/drink, sleeping pattern, or doesn’t go away after taking pain relievers, call your dentist.
Failing to seek medical treatment on time can worsen the condition and make it more severe!
There are several proven ways of getting rid of a toothache.
BUT…you first need to visit your dentist who will examine you and determine the cause of your pain. After this, they’ll recommend the most appropriate treatment should not focus on ending the pain only but also treating the cause of the pain.
Here are some top treatment options your dentist can recommend:
- If the cause of your toothache is a cavity, he might suggest extraction or fill the affected tooth
- In case the affected tooth has an infection, you might undergo a root canal
- For the affected gums, an antibiotic prescription will do
- What if your pain comes from grinding or clenching your teeth? Well, in this case, you’ll need a mouth guard to keep off this bad behavior
On top of the dentist recommended treatment, below are some top home remedies for a toothache that will end your pain and suffering instantly:
- Taking over the counter pain relief tablets for mild cases of a toothache can help relieve the pain. Some good examples include Naproxen Sodium and Ibuprofen
- Taking a mixture of several teaspoons of salt and warm water and swishing it around your mouth can also help relieve the pain. Don’t swallow the water though
- Flossing removes any food particles stuck between your teeth causing the pain. A water flosser does this more effectively
- Soaking a cotton ball in clove oil (a natural pain reliever) and biting down with the aching tooth also works
- You can also avoid chewing food with the side of the mouth where the painful tooth is located. And don’t take extremely hot or cold foods and drinks as they worsen the situation
- If you can stand it, chew garlic clove and expect magical results!
- You can also chop a fresh onion and then hold it inside your mouth
- Consider taking fresh lemon (chopped into small slices) or lime
Toothache is the worst form of pain known to humankind. This worst experience can last for several hours, days or longer depending on the cause. Learning where your tooth pain stems from is crucial as it helps you know the right treatment to end the pain as well as the cause.
If you experience a mild toothache or your dentists is out of reach, consider using the home remedies I’ve outlined for you above.
For more severe cases, contact your dentist ASAP!