National Toothache Day: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
To honour #NationalToothacheDay we are sharing information on the causes, symptoms and treatment of toothache.
Toothache occurs from irritation or inflammation of the central portion of the tooth called pulp. The pulp contains nerve endings that are sensitive to pain. Inflammation to the pulp or pulpitis may be caused by dental cavities, trauma, and infection.
Toothache and jaw pain are the most common complaints. There may be severe pain to biting or pressure, hot or cold stimuli, or to sweet food. The pain may be sharp shooting pain or persistent and lingering after the stimulus is removed. As the area of inflammation increases, the pain becomes more severe. It may radiate to the cheek, the ear or the jaw, and may even keep you up at night!
Don’t put off a trip to the dentist if your teeth hurt. Cavities and cracks get worse over time and you should call your doctor or dentist as soon as you experience pain or discomfort. For most common causes of toothache, the prognosis is good with appropriate dental care. Following good dental hygiene, such as brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, and routine check-ups by the dentist, helps to prevent dental problems. And for conditions other than dental and jaw problems, prompt diagnosis and treatment usually improve long-term outcome.
Remember to see your dentist for regular check ups to ensure any areas of decay or other oral diseases are picked up at early stages when they are far easier to treat or manage.
If you have been experiencing any pain or are concerned, we advise to get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible.< Back to blog