Three Types Of Toothache Remedies

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Certain toothache remedies have been around for centuries, and fortunately their treatment and prevention has progressed so that most people can find relief right when they become uncomfortable. Some remedies don't just dull the pain, they can also prevent further damage to the teeth and gums.

Toothaches can be grouped into three categories based upon their causes: infection, gum disease, and trauma, and your dentist will recognize which your pain falls under. If you are experiencing a toothache, here are the remedies per category:

1. When Caused by an Infection

Probably the most frequent type of toothache, an infection is usually caused by decay that has reached the pulp (nerve) of the tooth, creating an abscess in the surrounding tissue and bone.

The remedy for an abscess ultimately involves examination by a general dentist or endodontist (root canal specialist), but you can take an over-the-counter medication prior to reaching their office. To help with diagnosis, it is likely that your dentist will take a digital image of your tooth and the surrounding area to discover the source of the infection. A sinus infection could also be the source, as it often arrives with jaw pain that starts at the tooth. If the pain does originate due to an abscess, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.

Keep in mind that you should avoid taking any antibiotics you may have left over from a previous condition, as the dose and type of antibiotic may not be the right kind to treat your current symptoms. If the infection at hand does require antibiotics, your dentist or specialist will prescribe one to you at the time of the examination. If it does turn out to be a sinus infection, that calls for its own antibiotic as well.

2. When Caused by Gum Disease

This type of toothache is usually present when the gum disease is severe – if suffering from periodontitis, for example. It is treated by removing the irritants around the teeth and following precise preventive visits with your dentist and dental hygienist.

No matter which toothache remedies you embrace, routine preventive visits to your dentist and dental hygienist should be accompanied by daily flossing and consistent brushing two to three times a day. Consider what types of floss and toothbrushes are available, and be sure to teach your kids how to use these products so they can stay pain-free just like their parents.

3. When Caused by Trauma, Grinding or an Abnormal Bite

Toothaches caused by trauma, grinding or an abnormal bite are a little more complex, and always require the professional advice of general dentists and related specialists. Trauma to the mouth may warrant emergency room care, and then lead to a follow-up with an oral surgeon and your general dentist. Excessive grinding is very common, particularly at night, and may be caused by a variety of conditions according to Mediclinic Infohub. These include stress and certain sleeping patterns. One potential remedy for grinding is to be fitted for a mouthguard.

All of these conditions can readily be screened and treated by a general dentist, but they may occasionally involve other dental specialists depending on their severity. For instance, as kids' adult teeth come in, orthodontics may prevent further damage and pain to the teeth and gums if they've experienced some sort of trauma or have an abnormal bite.

Rest assured the majority of patients can look forward to a lifetime of smiles, and will never suffer the symptoms of toothaches with the right solutions on hand.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.

Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.

Dental fillings break down – fillings have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and germs can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.

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