How bad can toothache be?
In the opinion of many, there is nothing worse than a toothache. Some women say they would rather go through labour then deal with severe toothache. In any event, a toothache can cause intense pain and bring people to tears.
What does toothache mean?
A toothache is a sign that you already have a dental problem. It may indicate:
– Dental decay
– Fracture in the tooth
– Exposed nerve endings
– Cracked tooth
How can you prevent toothache?
The best way to prevent toothache is to keep your mouth healthy. Daily brushing using toothpaste that contains fluoride and flossing to clean between your teeth will help prevent most dental decay. Be sure to use a soft, tufted-end toothbrush. Avoid over-vigorous brushing or flossing too fast as this can damage the gums and cause sensitivity. Regular visits to the dentist can help diagnose problems early, possibly avoid extensive treatment and keep toothaches to a minimum.
What should you do when you experience toothache?
If it is not possible to get to the dentist quickly when the pain starts and temporary relief is necessary:-
– Take a pain pill such as ibuprofen (eg Neurofen) to ease the soreness
– Avoid hot, cold, or sweet stimuli
– A warm saltwater mouthwash rinse can help prevent infection
– For a sensitive tooth, rubbing sensitive toothpaste on the tooth may be favourable
Maybe you have been dealing with a mild irritation – too busy to make an appointment or afraid to visit the dentist. Then suddenly the pain is no longer mild and is an alarm ringing in your head! It is always best to seek an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible before the problem becomes more severe. A simple filling might be all that is required in the early stages. You can be sure the problem is unlikely to just go away. It will need to be resolved by your dentist.
Dr Patricia Hancock has more than 30 Years dental experience and has worked in London, Hong Kong, Geneva and Singapore. Dr Hancock speaks French, German and Cantonese. For an appointment please call 6733 9882 or click here