“Anyone can die of a toothache,” said Florida State Representative John Cortes in a Health Innovation Subcommittee meeting last January 2016.
And his words were not empty words.
There was a time in history that dental infections and other tooth-related problems took the fifth or sixth leading cause of death in London.
What is a Toothache?
A toothache is a pain in the teeth and their supporting structures that may be due to dental problems or reflective pain to the teeth due to other diseases.
It can be an indication of a possible infection or inflammation. Toothaches may feature a dull ache or sharp pain, resulting in the tooth’s sensitivity.
What Causes of a Toothache?
- Tooth fracture
- Infected gums
- Damaged filling
- An abscessed tooth
- Traumatic injury
- Tooth decay
Usually, the symptoms of a toothache include sharp, throbbing, and constant tooth pain. It may also feature swelling of the tooth’s surrounding areas, fever or a headache, or foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth.
Over-the-counter pain medications are available that you can use to relieve you of the pain temporarily. Aside from these, there are toothache remedies that you can make at home including the use of garlic, warm salt water, pepper and salt, onions, and cloves.
How to Stop Tooth Pain at Home?
- Garlic. Mix garlic powder or crushed garlic with black or table salt, and apply the mixture directly to the affected area. You can also chew one or two cloves of garlic. Garlic contains antibiotic and other medicinal properties that are used for pain relief.
- Warm salt water. Mix a teaspoon of table salt with a glass of hot water. Use the mixture to rinse your mouth. This remedy can reduce inflammation and swelling and help combat bacteria.
- Pepper and salt. Mix equal amounts of common salt and pepper with a few drops of water. The combined ingredients will then form a gritty paste. Use the paste by applying it directly to the affected area, and let it sit for a few minutes. Pepper and salt contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and analgesic properties.
- Onions. Chew a raw onion, or put a piece of it on the affected area to reduce the pain. Onions have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
- Cloves. Grind two whole cloves, and mix it with a small amount of vegetable or olive oil. Directly apply the mixture on the affected area or dab a cotton ball in the mixture and rub it on the infected area. You may also mix a few drops of the mixture in a half glass of water and use it to rinse your mouth. Cloves contain antibacterial, anesthetic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties which are helpful in combatting infection and reducing pain.
When Should You Visit Your Dentist?
If your toothache lasts longer than one to two days, it is time to visit your dentist. Call Hawaii Family Dental today to schedule your appointment.
Also, if you feel severe pain, fever, earache, or pain when opening your mouth, it is best to see us as soon as possible for proper identification of the issue and an assessment of the treatment needed.
When you go to Hawaii Family Dental for your toothache,our most trusted dentist will first obtain your medical history and conduct a physical examination.
Our dentist will also inquire about your pain, examine your mouth and related areas. An X-ray may also be performed depending on your case.
What are the Treatments for Tooth Pain?
Your treatment is dependent on the cause of your toothache. One possible scenario may include dental fillings or tooth extraction if a cavity causes your pain.
For an infection of the tooth’s nerve, a root canal may be performed while an antibiotic may be prescribed if the pain leads to a fever or swelling of the jaw.
How to Prevent Toothache?
To prevent a toothache, follow good oral hygiene practices.
Tooth decay causes many toothaches, so brushing your teeth regularly, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year will help you avoid dental pains and complications caused by tooth decay.
Be watchful of your diet as well. Consume less sugar, and opt for healthier food to add to your everyday meals.
Date Published: July 5, 2017
Last Updated: March 8, 2019
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.