Friday, 24th November 2017
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What is toothache?

The most common cause of toothache is pulpitis, inflammation of the pulp of the tooth. The short, sharp pains usually occur in response to hot, cold or sweet stimuli.

If left untreated, the pulp dies and becomes infected, leading to the formation of a dental abscess. The pain from a dental abscess tends to be because of pressure on the tooth, it is throbbing and continuous.

Toothache Causes?

  • Dental decay.
  • A fracture of the tooth or cracked tooth
  • Irritation of the pulp following dental treatment. 
  • Receding gums exposing tooth. 
  • An abscess in the gum, ulcers, gum inflammation.
  • Several other conditions may also cause pain in the mouth.
    Always seek advice from your dentist if you have toothache.

How can toothache be avoided?
Keep your teeth and gums healthy. Avoid cavities by reducing your intake of sugary foods and drinks.

Brush your teeth twice daily using a toothpaste containing fluoride. To get the most benefit from the fluoride, do not rinse the toothpaste away after brushing.

Clean between your teeth using dental floss, wood sticks or an inter-dental brush according to your dentist's advice. Visit your dentist regularly. This way, problems can be diagnosed early and your treatment will be more straightforward.


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What should I do if I have toothache?
If you can’t get to your dentists right away do the following:

  • Avoid hot, cold or sweet stimuli.
  • If the pain is prolonged and severe, painkillers such as ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) may provide some relief. 
  • If the pain is caused by exposed root surfaces, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, either used normally or rubbed onto the exposed root, may be helpful.
  • a saltwater mouthwash can also prevent infection if you have mouth ulcers.



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