What Is Toothache?
Toothache is pain in the area of your jaw and face, usually caused when a nerve in the root of a tooth becomes irritated. However, other problems such as infection, decay or the loss of a tooth, can also cause toothache.
What Are The Symptoms?
Toothache often starts suddenly and the pain can vary from mild discomfort to being very severe.
Common symptoms include:
- Pain when chewing;
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food;
- Bleeding around the tooth or gums;
- Swelling around the tooth.
What causes toothache?
- Cavities (holes) or a fracture (crack) in the tooth;
- Pain after certain dental treatment, such as a filling;
- An exposed tooth root, which can occur if the gums recede (move back) or are damaged by brushing the teeth too hard;
- Sensitive teeth, caused by the gums receding from the teeth, leaving softer, more sensitive parts of the teeth exposed.
How Can I Treat Toothache?
If you have toothache, it is important that you go to see your dentist as soon as possible. If toothache is left untreated, it may develop into an infection. While you are waiting for an appointment with your dentist, to ease the pain you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Remember always check with your pharmacist or GP before using medication to treat your condition.
Brown’s Pharmacy’s Top Tips For Preventing Toothache
- Limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks that you consume;
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a toothpaste containing fluoride;
- Regularly clean between your teeth using dental floss;
- Do not smoke;
- Visit your dentist at least once a year;
- Have your teeth cleaned occasionally by a hygienist.