All About Toothaches

February 9, 2017 by Dr. John
All About Toothaches

Believe it or not, there’s a national day to honor toothaches of all things. It’s true. February 9th has been labelled National Toothache Day. It is not clear the origin of this day and remains a mystery, but is it coincidental that the Hershey’s Candy corporation was founded in February of 1894 and may be the cause of so many toothaches? Whatever its history, National Toothache Day is a reminder for all to focus on good oral health, and keep troublesome toothaches at bay.

So what causes toothaches? Many factors can contribute to toothaches such as decay, swelling, cracked or broken teeth, damaged dental work, gum disease or infection. The symptoms of toothache include sharp pain or dull pain in or around the tooth. The most common cause of a toothache is a dental cavity as a result of tooth decay, but proper diagnosis is needed by your dentist to determine the cause and determine the treatment.

What can you do to ease toothaches until you can get to your dentist? Here are a few home remedies to try:
    • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm, salt water.
    • Place a warm, wet tea bag placed over the area
    • Floss your teeth gently to dislodge any food particles that may be between them.
    • Use a toothpaste that is for sensitive teeth.
    • Avoid extreme hot or cold foods.
    • Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen

Get to your dentist quickly to determine the cause and treatment. There are various procedures that your dentist may use to stop a toothache depending on the cause of the pain such as dental fillings, root canals, or tooth extraction. Follow a proper oral hygiene routine, focus on good oral hygiene and don’t forget about your regular dental checkups. Contact Westchase Premier Dental at (813) 475 – 4528 if you are experiencing any pain or to schedule your next checkup.

Let’s work toward making every day a Toothache Free Day!

Further Reading: Home Remedies for Toothaches.


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