Toothache – What you need to know!

Toothache - What you need to know!


We’ve all suffered from a Toothache at least once in our lives. Toothaches can occur due to a variety of reasons and it is important for us to recognize symptoms and visit our Dentist at the earliest to avoid unforeseen complications.



What is a Toothache? Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is usually caused by tooth decay.



Causes for toothache – There are multiple reasons which can be held responsible for toothache. The most common ones are –


  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth abscess
  • Damaged filling of the tooth
  • Infected gums
  • Tooth grinding
  • Tooth fracture
  • Cracked tooth
  • Accumulation of food particles in between teeth
  • Tooth eruption or teething


Symptoms of Toothache – Toothache can present with a combination of following symptoms or can present as a simple symptom of toothache, symptoms include –


  • Sharp, throbbing and constant tooth pain that increases with chewing of food
  • Pain while consuming hot or cold foods
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Fever or headache
  • Foul tasting drainage from tooth
  • Bleeding from teeth and gums


When should you consult a Dentist? It is recommended to consult a Dentist at the earliest if:


  • Toothache lasts longer than 2 – 3 days
  • Severe toothache causing problem with your food intake
  • Fever, headache, pain while opening the mouth
  • Swelling around the cheek


Home remedies or simple measures for toothache – When you have toothache and your appointment with the Dentist is not yet fixed, then follow these tips –



  • Brush twice daily especially before you go to bed
  • Floss your mouth with plain water after every meal
  • Limit intake of sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoid habits like smoking
  • Avoid excessive hot and cold foods
  • Choose only PARACETAMOL for pain relief
  • Apply oil of cloves directly onto the tooth for pain relief
  • Apply cold or hot compress over the affected area on the cheek


Being healthy includes dental health as well. Healthy teeth and gums help you consume healthy foods and foods of your choice.



Be more than well – stay healthy, stay active.



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