Toothache can be a real pain, especially if you are busy at work, you’re heading off on holiday or you’re planning a special occasion. There are various causes of toothache and pain can range from mild to severe. If you have toothache, here are some simple steps you should take to alleviate pain:
Call your dentist: tooth pain can stem from a range of different dental conditions and injuries, so it’s a good idea to see your dentist so they can check for potential warning signs, identify problems and find solutions.
Take painkillers: taking over the counter pain relief can help to reduce pain and make you feel more comfortable. Make sure you stick to dosage instructions and if you have any questions, check with your pharmacist, GP or dentist before you take any medication.
Avoid hard and chewy foods: if you have toothache, it’s best to stick to soft foods, which are easy to eat.
Apply ice: applying an ice pack can help to soothe sore teeth and gums. Ensure the ice pack is covered with a cloth or towel to prevent damage to the gums.
What causes toothache?
Toothache can be caused by lots of different things, from a cavity or an infection, to an abscess or a fracture.
If you suffer from toothache, it’s important to see a dentist so that they can determine the cause and find the best solution. In many cases, leaving pain untreated contributes to a more serious situation. For example, if you have a cavity, a filling will help to prevent pain and the spread of decay, but if you leave it, an infection can spread through the tooth and you may end up needing root canal treatment and a new crown.
Good oral hygiene, regular dental visits, healthy eating and protecting the teeth when playing sport can all help to prevent dental pain.