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A toothache may feel like a sharp pain or a dull ache. The tooth may be sensitive to pressure, heat, cold, or sweets. In cases of severe pain, identifying the problem tooth is often difficult.

Any patient with a toothache should see a dentist at once for diagnosis and treatment. Most toothaches get worse if not treated.

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Symptoms

Symptoms of a toothache may include:

  • Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth.
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Fever or headache
  • Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

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Causes

 

Toothaches may result from any of a number of causes:

  • tooth decay (dental caries)
  • inflammation of the tooth pulp (pulpitis)
  • abscesses
  • gum disease, including periodontitis
  • loose or broken filling
  • cracked or impacted tooth
  • exposed tooth root
  • food wedged between teeth or trapped below the gum line
  • tooth nerve irritated by clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism)
  • pressure from congested sinuses
  • traumatic injury

 

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Home Remedies

Salt Combine two tablespoons of salt with one cup of boiling water; take a mouthful of water as hot as possible and slosh it around your mouth near the tooth; repeat as necessary.

Tea Suck on a teabag. Place it as close to the aching tooth as possible.

Placing a clove of garlic with little rock salt on the affected tooth helps relieve or even cure the pain.

Toothache pain is often lessened by placing a small piece of onion on the bad tooth or gum, since onion has antibacterial properties that kill the germs in the mouth.

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Herbal Remedies

This is an effective toothache natural cure. Applying a paste made from Bay Berry Bark mixed with vinegar helps relieve the toothache.

A few drops of Tea Tree essential oil can be infused in water. Cleansing the mouth with this solution can give rapid relief to inflamed gums. It is a very potent antibacterial.

Calendula toothpaste such as Weleda brand seems to be very preventive in nature. Calendula has a long history of being used for the gums and teeth.

Myrrh toothpastes are another option (Tom’s of Maine makes one). Both of these herbs have astringent and antibacterial effects. These are available in all natural foods markets and in many supermarkets.

A good toothache remedy would be to use fresh Echinacea root dug from the ground.

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Wellness Program

Toothaches can be prevented by ensuring that the gums and teeth remain healthy. The dental care routine should include brushing, control of diet and regular dental checkups.

Regular brushing and flossing of teeth helps prevent tooth decay. Brushing removes bacteria and food particles which are lodged in the mouth. Ideally All tooth surfaces should be brushed and this takes at least 2-3 minutes. Using dental floss regularly, will reduce tooth decay, since the food and plaque in the spaces between the teeth are removed. Flossing will also improve the health of the gums.

The teeth should be brushed twice a day  with a fluoride containing toothpaste. Studies have shown that fluoride prevents the formation of  cavities. It also prevents existing cavities from becoming bigger and in some cases, reverses newly formed cavities.  In many countries, fluoride is added to the drinking water by local government authorities. 

Mouthwashes reduce the number of  bacteria in the saliva , but only for a short time. Sugar free gum should be used to increase the production of  saliva. Saliva neutralizes the acids produced due to the breakdown of carbohydrates and enzymes in the saliva clear the bacteria in the mouth. The damage caused to the enamel of  the teeth by acids in the food is repaired by the saliva. The larger the gap between meals, the greater the time available for the saliva to repair the damage to the tooth enamel.

Cavities can be avoided by reducing sugary food and beverages in your diet. Also avoid drinking carbonated drinks, since acids in the drinks attack the tooth enamel. Processed  foods like peanut butter stick to the teeth and are to be avoided. These foods are not removed from the mouth by chewing and swallowing, so you drink water after you eat these foods.   Fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains are good for dental health. Raw apples clean the teeth.

Visit a dentist regularly, usually once in six months, so that any dental problem is diagnosed at  the early stage and is treated quickly. During middle age, gum diseases are common, so regular dental checkups are required.

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