If you’ve ever experienced toothache, you will know that it can be really painful. At times, it varies from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing pain, and each can be particularly troublesome during the night. Pain often comes and goes, making it all the more frustrating, especially when you think it has finally gone!
We wanted to let you know why you may be feeling the pain and what you can do to help ease your symptoms.
Toothache occurs when the innermost layer of the tooth, which is called the ‘dental pulp,’ becomes inflamed and irritated. Your dental pulp is made up of soft, delicate tissue that contains lots of sensitive nerves and blood vessels, which is where the pain comes from.
There are a number of reasons why dental pulp can become inflamed including tooth decay, advanced gum disease, teeth grinding, cracked teeth and loose or broken fillings. It can also occur as a result of improper tooth brushing, causing gums to recede, and abscesses.
The type of treatment you would receive for toothache will depend on the cause of your discomfort. As soon as your toothache has lasted for one or two days, it’s best to head to your dentist to get it properly checked out; the longer you leave the pain, the worse the problem could get.
There are some ways to help prevent toothache, as the old saying goes, prevention is better than the cure!
Simple measures such as maintaining great standards of oral care go a long way. Ensure you brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride and gently brushing your gums and tongue can help a great deal.
You should be cleaning between your teeth with a dental floss, or inter-dental brushes, and using a mouthwash alongside your daily routine.
Cutting down the amount of sugary foods and drinks you have will help by preventing tooth decay. Make sure you limit any treats to special occasions, or specifically at meal times.
If you currently smoke, now’s the time to stop- tobacco can make some dental problems worse.
It’s important to visit your dentist once a year for a check up, if you would like to make an appointment with us here at Gentle Dental Care Liverpool, please call us on 0151 722 3000 or fill in our online form here and we’ll get back to you.