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4 Guaranteed useful ways to treat toothaches at home

Mofe'tiOluwa

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Most people would, at some point in their lives, experience toothache, regardless of how careful they are about their oral care routine. Toothache can be painful and distressing but they are usually not a sign of something serious. In other words, rarely are toothaches a sign of a serious problem.

The pain can be mild or severe and they may come and go (intermittent) or be constant. The pain can also sometimes be worse at night when you are lying down or after eating or drinking, particularly hot or cold foods or drinks.

If you have toothache, there are quite a number of things that could be responsible for it including:

  • Trauma to the tooth that may be caused by an injury or forcefully grinding the teeth
  • Food getting stuck between your teeth
  • Cavity or plaque
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Receding gums
  • Sinus infection and other types of infection

Toothaches are not always severe and you do not have to visit the dentist immediately. Toothache that does not improve within a day or two is a good reason to see a dentist. This is because the longer you leave it, the worse it will get. In the mean time before you see your dentist, here are some of the things you should do:

  • Use warm water and salt rinses
  • Keep your head elevated when lying down
  • Use dental floss to remove any food particle wedged between your teeth
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek if the toothache is caused by a trauma to the tooth

While toothache may not be completely preventable, there are nevertheless things you should do to reduce your risk:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks
  • Clean between your teeth daily using a dental floss
  • Have regular dental check-ups

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Mofeyintioluwa is a health enthusiast who has particular interests in nutrition and fitness. She also loves music and enjoys reading Christian biographies. She thinks social work and public health are noble professions. Ultimately, she's exclusively for Jesus.

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