Toothache Or Dental Pain
Common Cause Of Toothache
Toothache is not an end all or be all dental ailment. Instead, it is just one of the effects of a developing dental issue in your mouth. A toothache can be caused by one of the following: Tooth decay – Poor dental hygiene allows bacteria to thrive in your mouth. Bacteria create acid from the food that you eat, particularly if you are fond of sweets. The acid attacks your tooth’s enamel forming cavities. When you eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet food the infected tooth becomes irritated, hence the toothache. Gum disease – The bacteria also attacks your gums. As the accumulated tartar thrives your gums recede exposing your tooth. The exposed tooth becomes sensitive and when you eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet food you’ll feel pain, hence the toothache. Tooth eruption – An erupting tooth can also be a cause of a toothache or dental pain. Around 12-13 years old, most kids have their full set of permanent teeth. Adults can experience tooth eruption around 17-25 years old as the third molars “wisdom tooth” erupts. Bruxism – Teeth grinding can have drastic effects on your oral health. Your teeth are worn down, chipped and torn, and toothache together with jaw pain is experienced.
What To Do
If you or your loved one has toothache, here’s what you can do:
- Make sure that there is no food stuck in between teeth, particularly in the aching area. Brush and floss gently.
- Rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or a salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water).
- Take OTC pain relievers. Be mindful of their restrictions. Or apply clove oil to the aching tooth using a clean cotton swab to reduce pain and sensitivity. Do not put aspirin to the tooth nor the gums (this would cause chemical burn).
- Call your dentist immediately.
Treatment At The Glenroy Dental Group
It is important to understand that these first aid steps only serve to provide temporary relief. They do not treat the problem nor stop the pain from coming back. Frequent intake of OTC pain relievers can also have negative effects on your health. After administering these first aid steps, the best thing to do is contact, then see, your The Glenroy Dental Group dentist. The earlier the issue is addressed, the higher the chance of saving your teeth.
The Glenroy Dental Group – Your Trusted Emergency Dentist In Glenroy
Dental emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. The Glenroy Dental Group provides quick and efficient care during dental emergencies for you and your loved ones in Glenroy. Rest assured that we attend to your needs immediately so you can say goodbye to pain and inconvenience as soon as possible. Same day emergency appointment guaranteed! Call us on (03) 9306 6511 or book your emergency appointment online!