Why shouldn't you ignore a toothache and miss a dental appointment?

National Toothache Day: Why shouldn’t you ignore a toothache and miss a dental appointment?

Everybody has experienced throbbing pain in the gums and around their teeth. Even though many of us may decide to ignore it at first, dental discomfort only grows worse with time. To commemorate National Toothache Day, let’s read about why we should always pay attention to toothache and never miss a scheduled dental appointment. Let’s understand a toothache first before we continue.

What is a toothache?

Pain in or near a tooth is known as a toothache. While you can cure minor gum irritations that produce toothaches at home, more severe toothaches are brought on by oral health issues that require a dentist’s attention. A toothache won’t go away on its own until you take medications and get a dentist’s advice. Have you ever questioned why your toothache worsens with time due to ignorance?

Why is the tooth pain so severe?

The pulp in your tooth is a soft substance with blood vessels, nerves, and tissues. The pulp nerves are one of your body’s most delicate structures. When these nerves are irritated or bacterially contaminated, they are capable of causing pain. Because of this, toothaches progressively get more severe.

Can a toothache heal itself?

Some toothaches brought on by pain outside your tooth (rather than inside) or by a temporary irritation (redness) in the gum can heal on its own. During this time, try to avoid chewing close to the affected area. Stick to soft foods like yogurt and eggs. Avoid sweets and stay away from hot or cold foods if you have sensitive teeth. After discussing toothaches and their causes and how painful they can be, let’s examine their causes in more detail.

Causes of a Toothache

There are numerous causes of toothaches; let’s examine some of them below:

  • Dental decay
  • Tooth breakage (broken tooth).
  • The dental filling has gone bad.
  • Contaminated gums

Toothache Signs and Symptoms

  • Sharp tooth pain.
  • Infection on the tooth.
  • Migraine or fever.
  • Bad-tasting liquid coming out from the affected tooth.
  • An unpleasant mouth odor.

How do I avoid getting a Toothache?

Although tooth decay is the primary cause of toothaches, maintaining good oral hygiene can help avoid toothaches. Follow these healthy dental practices-

  • Use fluoride toothpaste to brush regularly.
  • Eat sugar-free food.
  • Floss at least once daily.
  • Remember to set up a twice-yearly appointment for thorough cleaning with the dentist.

Why should You go to the dentist?

Avoid getting a toothache, but be aware that if it is becoming worse, over-the-counter pain relievers won’t be effective. Make a dental appointment on the Gigadocs app if, despite your best efforts, your toothache continues to worsen.

During the physical examination, a dentist will look closely at your mouth, sinuses, ears, nose, neck, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, and throat. To help identify the source of your pain, your dentist may likely take X-rays of your mouth. Additionally, a dentist will examine your medical history, with questions like,

  • Where is the pain located?
  • When did it first begin?
  • How bad is it?
  • What causes more pain, and what relieves it?

How will a dentist treat your toothache?

The cause of your toothache will determine how a dentist will treat you. Let’s find out more about the services a dentist will offer you:

  • Your dentist will treat the cavity or extract the tooth, as appropriate, if a cavity is the source of the pain.
  • A root canal may be required if a toothache is caused by an infection of the tooth’s nerve.

A dentist may recommend an antibiotic if the jaw is swollen or there is a fever. A gum infection may result from a tiny food particle caught under the gums, such as a popcorn husk. In this situation, a deep cleaning must be carried out, followed, if required, by additional periodontal (gum) therapy.

Book your Dental Appointment with Gigadocs

  • If your toothache lasts longer than two days,
  • If you have a fever, stinging pain, red gums, or a terrible taste in your mouth.

We advise against visiting your general practitioner because they cannot provide expert dental care. Trust experienced dentists, make a dental appointment on the Gigadocs app by-

To know more e-mail, at info@gigadocs.com

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