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Preventing and Treating Toothaches

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Preventing and Treating Toothaches

A toothache can certainly result in a number of painful issues. In most cases toothaches are a direct result of either a cavity or gum disease. In some cases; however, they could result from a tooth root sensitivity. The roots of the teeth are normally buries in bone along about the lower 2/3 of the teeth. Problems can occur; however when bacterial toxins dissolve the bone around the roots. This can result in the gums and the bones receding and the roots being exposed. When the roots are exposed they may become sensitive to foods that are hot, cold or sour because they are no longer protected by healthy bone and gum. In some cases these sensitivities can become so severe that the person must actually begin to avoid these foods. In the early stages, the problem can be fairly easily treated with a topical fluoride gel applied by the dentist. A special toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, can also help the problem. This type of toothpaste contains minerals and fluorides which are absorbed by the surface layer of the roots to make them stronger and less sensitive. In other cases the root exposure could lead to injury and possible death of the inner living pulp tissue of the tooth, contained below the enamel and dentin. In this case, it may be necessary to perform a root canal or even a tooth extraction.

While it is certainly not one of the most common causes for toothache, such a problem can also result from tooth fracture or broken tooth. This can occur because of advanced gum disease or because of a cavity associated with the tooth. When you bit on the area of the tooth where the fracture is present sharp severe pain can result. This could be caused by either chewing or biting too hard on hard foods such as nuts or candies or even items like pencils. In some cases the fracture can be easily seem but not always. To treat this problem, the dentist will typically protect the tooth with a crown that is either porcelain-fused-to-metal or a full-coverage gold crown. In the event that treatment does not relieve the pain it may then be necessary to perform a root canal.

If you note that you have a toothache, it should always be treated by a professional dentist. Until you can make an appointment and get in for treatment; however, there are some tips you can follow that will help make living with the pain somewhat easier.

Try applying a cold compress to the side of the cheek.
Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water.
Remove any food particles in the area using dental floss.
Take an aspirin or ibuprofen tablet.

While these remedies should not be used in place of seeing the dentist for a treatment to correct the problem they can provide some temporary pain relief. Keep in mind that a toothache is your body’s way of telling you there is an underlying problem.

You can prevent toothaches by making sure you brush in between meals at least twice a day and using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You might also check on using a tongue cleaner and a mouthwash. Regular routine trips to the dentist, about every six months, can also help as well as refraining from the use of tobacco products and illegal drugs, which are known to cause tooth and gum problems such as methamphetamines.

By taking the time to follow these tips you can be sure you will have beautiful, healthy pain free teeth for most of your life.