Toothache Is a Common Symptom Experienced By People of All Ages

January 28th, 2011 healthwiki Dental 0

Toothache is a very common symptom experienced by people of all ages. The painful condition usually occurs when a nerve in the tooth root is inflamed or irritated.

Various conditions may lead to toothache, among which tooth decay is the primary cause for most. Other common causes include dental abscess, gum disease, irritation of the tooth root, cracked tooth syndrome, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, impaction and eruption.

Often, toothache can be a sign of a much deeper condition. The severity of pain may vary, in terms of the sensitivity and pain intensity. No matter what type of toothache you suffer from, you should get it evaluated by a dentist.

During the condition you should avoid very hot and cold foods and drinks, as they worsen the problem. You can take recommended first dose of over the counter painkillers like Paracetamol to get instant relieve before you step into a dental clinic. However, before taking drug for longer period to get rid of pain, you should always consult a dentist.

Fortunately, these days, a toothache cure need not involve the extraction of the tooth always. Depending on the cause of your toothache, the dentist concerned will use different methods to treat it. If the pain is due to tooth decay, restoration by filling of different composition is done. If the pulp of the tooth is damaged, root canal therapy is usually needed. If the damage cannot be treated by these methods, or if the tooth is impacted, it may need to be extracted.

Consult a dentist when you have signs of infection, such as swelling, pain on bite, red gums or a foul-tasting discharge, pain longer than one or two days, pain with fever, trouble breathing or swallowing.

You can prevent toothache easily by maintaining good dental hygiene practices. Cut down the amount of sugar in your diet. Excessively sweet foods and drinks should be consumed only occasionally. Follow a twice-a-day brushing routine using fluoride-containing toothpaste. Remember to brush from above downwards; not side by side. Also brush your gums and tongue. Use dental floss to clean between your teeth. Avoid smoking as it worsens dental conditions. Get your teeth check regularly, and have them cleaned at least once a year by a dentist.

Dr Kazi Md Niazur Rahman