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Toothache Remedies and Causes

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A toothache can be a surprisingly painful attention getter, ranging from a mild throb to a crippling full body experience. Toothaches are most often caused by tooth decay. The more that your tooth decays, the more exposed the nerve can become. The immediate need is to eliminate the pain, but the long term solution may be fillings for cavities or perhaps a more involved repair by an oral surgeon.

Of course, it's easier to prevent a toothache with proper tooth care than to treat one. Keep an eye on the health of your gums, as gum disease is another leading cause of sore and sensitive teeth. When you brush your teeth, gently clean the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of your teeth and pay special attention to brushing your gumline. Flossing is not just for keeping the tight spaces between teeth clean; it's also great for stimulating your gums.

Some toothaches are actually jaw pain. Many dentists recommend that patients who grind or clench their teeth in their sleep be fitted for mouth guards (also called 'nocturnal bite plates') as well, to ensure that their patients' teeth remain intact and to help avoid resulting sore jaws and headaches. Be aware that stress alone can often cause people to clench their teeth, both during the day in tense situations and at night while sleeping.

A toothache can also result from a diet that contains a lot of sugar and acidic foods or drinks which might contribute to a breakdown of your tooth's enamel. Lay off the sweets and stick to drinking water when possible and start brushing your teeth after every meal, to get in the habit of taking care of your smile and making sure that all food particles are gone from your mouth.

Many toothaches can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, by avoiding extremely hot or cold foods or by creating a clove oil compress by applying oil of clove to a cotton ball and biting down on it. This acts as both a natural pain reliever and an antibacterial.

If your toothache is ongoing or is accompanied by a fever, discharge, continuous swelling or is the result of a recent injury or head trauma, you need to seek immediate dental assistance. If you are experiencing any chest or shoulder pain or are having difficulty breathing, seek immediate emergency medical assistance at your nearest hospital.

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