Toothache gives a red signal if the tooth is in a bad situation. Toothache isn’t a minor problem and if you just sit and do nothing it may take pain a step ahead by causing tooth decay, injury, and gum diseases. Toothache also progresses into infection, abscess, and inflammation. Tooth pain is very common in children who enjoy chocolates and candies, next comes old aged people, and those with enamel grinds. Mostly poor oral hygiene and calcium deficiency are responsible for this. In some people, toothache just stays when they have cold drinks/food, while in some, conversely tooth pain starts when consuming hot food and drinks, happens because of exposed nerves in the teeth. Also, past dental surgeries when they begin to unprotect your teeth dental fillings, tooth transplant, etc. Sometimes you feel more pain (during the night or while you are sleeping) in the tooth, and the next minute it’s gone. As molars and wisdom teeth are near to the ear, ear problems often end up with a toothache in molars and toothache may cause ear problems.
What Symptoms One Can Experience Of Toothache?
Symptoms typically start to appear as soon as it crosses its mildness. Here are warning signs to look for if you think you have a toothache.
- Throbbing pain in gums and neighbouring areas
- Pain while eating ( chewing)
- The unusual smell from the mouth
- Sensitivity while eating very hot or very cold foods
- Swelling in the surrounding regions of the tooth
- Sinus infection
- Dull pain
- Sore gums
- Tingling sensation in the jaw
What Causes Toothache?
Toothache can happen for a variety of reasons, usually because:
- Tooth decay
- Pulp inflammation
- When wisdom tooth pushes itself to the jaw bone
- Sinusitis ( mostly in upper teeth as they are near to the sinus cavity)
- Tooth cavity
- Broken tooth
- When dental filling separates
- Night grinding and clenching
Home Remedies For Toothache
- Apply ice packs in the aching area as it reduces the swelling
- Use heat pads
- Use a dab of clove, thyme, or olive oil
- Take ibuprofen or Tylenol
- Use tea bags
- Crush some guava leaves and apply the paste or either chew it as it is.
- Use wheatgrass juice and spit it after thoroughly cleaning the mouth.
- Put in some drops of vanilla extract
- Use peppermint
- Add some whiskey in the affected area ( this remedy is for adults only)
- Add activated charcoal powder in lukewarm water and spread it in the aching tooth.
How To Prevent Toothache?
All you need to do is:
- Head to the dentist’s clinic if the pain is still there after 24-48 hours.
- Brush 2-3 times in a day or after having big meals.
- Floss 1-2times a day.
- Take a licensed dentist’s appointment once in 5-6 months to examine your oral health.
- Cut down caffeine.
- Stay on healthy food swaps like nuts, complex carbs, protein, calcium, and vitamins.
- Change your toothbrush every alternate month.
- Use tongue cleaners after brushing
- Ask the dentist about dental sealants, as they have a record of preventing tooth decay for 1-2 years, and 80-90% of people are satisfied with sealants.
- Buy mouthwash which contains fluoride but intake should not exceed 4mg/per day.
- Eat natural sugar ( fruits, dates, honey, etc) , quit eating refined sugar and its products.
- Don’t smoke as nicotine makes space for bacteria to enter the mouth and causes tooth decay, gum diseases, etc.
Which Treatments Are Recommended In Toothache?
- For the deep cavity which entered the pulp, a root canal is the best.
- For a mild cavity, a filling will be used.
- For pits and fissure ( when food stuck in the wisdom tooth or last molar) dentists use sealants or fluoride treatment, fluoride is available in foams, gels, mouthwash, etc.
- For the broken tooth, nothing is better than the crown.
- For tooth abscess, the drainage method is the reliable one.
- When the crack overtakes the gumline and fractures the root then tooth extraction is the right pick.
- Also, a minor toothache can be treated with the help of benzocaine like anbesol and Orajel.
Diagnosis For Toothache
- Panoramic X rays for teeth, gums, and bone structure.
- ECG tracing
- Periapical X-ray
Pregnancy And Toothache
Pregnancy comes with many complications and risks, one of such is a toothache, which most of women ignore., They take care of overall health they forget about the bond, dental bond etc.
Women undergo so many physical changes and hormonal imbalance when the levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate along with nausea and vomiting toothache and dental plaque also starts. When swollen and sore gums suddenly start bleeding and causing inflammation, pregnancy gingivitis occurs. More than 3/4th (80%) of pregnant women face this problem. Pregnancy gingivitis also converts into chronic periodontitis ( teeth and bone loss).
How To Prevent Pregnancy Tooth Pain?
- If it’s been 3 months or less of pregnancy, then filling, root canal, and crown-like treatments can introduce major complications like heavy bleeding, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, etc.
- Dental bridge and dental implants are safe from the second trimester ( after 12 weeks of pregnancy). Be clear and concise when asking questions or describing symptoms of tooth pain, because it’s not just you, it’s about a new life also which is growing in your womb.
- At home, you can rinse your mouth with water, salt, and turmeric.
- Once you are done with throw up ( vomit) do rinse your mouth with saltwater and brush your teeth.
- Don’t get dehydrated.
- Eat calcium-rich food like cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, if you are lactose intolerant then go for almond milk and tofu are hands down are best substitutes.
Toothache Linked With Sinus
Sinus toothache punishes upper teeth, especially molars.
- Pain and swelling in the ear, eyes, and forehead.
- Anosmia ( partial or complete loss of a smell)
- Sore throat
- Pale mucus
- Taste buds become neutral and lose your sense of the taste
- Stuffy nose
- Bad breath
How To Prevent Sinus Linked Toothache?
- Have ample fruits that contain Vitamin-C
- Undertake steam inhalation..
- Eat omega3 fatty acids and essential fatty acids such as flaxseeds, chia and basil seeds, salmon and tuna, walnuts, etc.
- Use nasal spray and cream.
- Take aspirin or ibuprofen for toothache
1. How long does toothache last?
Mild pain goes away on its own or with the help of home remedies but severe internal toothache lasts for 3-4 days or more. Chronic pain demands an appointment with the dentist at the earliest opportunity
2. What to do when tooth pain worsens at night?
Sleep with the two pillows and take a Tylenol or massage the affected area with ice packs.
3. Does acupressure point work in toothache?
Yes, it surely does to some extent. Put your one hand’s finger and thumb between the index finger and thumb and gently press it, repeat the same exercise 3-4 times.
4. How to get rid of tooth pain after dental filling treatment?
Avoid eating cold, hot, and sour food like ice creams, tea, coffee, lemon, oranges, etc.
5. How to get rid of tooth pain after a root canal?
- Sleep in the elevated/upright position.
- Take advice from a board-certified endodontist.