Causes of a Toothache

Any pain in the mouth can be an indicator of tooth or gum damage. Understanding what is leading to the pain is crucial, and it is best to get the advice of a dentist.

  • Gum Disease: Bleeding or swollen gums categorize gum disease and cause a dull throbbing throughout the mouth. To remedy gum disease at home try a salt-water solution that is swished around the mouth. If that does not address the problem, increase your intake of Vitamin C and brush your teeth gently using a circular motion. Vitamin C rich fruits are high in antioxidants that promote tissue health. If your gums are still aching or bleeding, a prescription-strength mouthwash may be prescribed by your local dentist.
  • Loose Filling: A loose filling is rarely considered a dental emergency, and while it will eventually require a dental visit, it does not need to be treated immediately. Instead, pick up a loose filling repair kit from your local drug store. Brush your teeth to clean your mouth and then follow the instructions on the back of the kit. The filling will hold for two weeks until you can see a dentist.
  • An Exposed Tooth Root: An exposed tooth root will lead to extreme pain. If only a little bit is exposed try a special toothpaste that reduces tooth sensitivity. If this doesn’t work, your dentist will be able to fix the root with a casing.
  • Cracked Tooth: A cracked tooth can lead to swelling and serious discomfort. To treat this, rinse your mouth with water and apply an ice pack to ease any swelling it may cause. A dentist will need to manage this by reshaping the tooth.
  • Infection: A tooth infection or abscess can be an extremely serious ailment if not treated. At home, try gargling with hot salt water.  However, it is always best to visit a dentist to receive antibiotics to kill the infection before it can spread to the jawbone.
  • Jaw Joint Disorder: Also known as Temporomandibular Disorders, jaw joint disorder is a range of issues that occur within the jaw and can lead to pain, swelling, and lockjaw. If any dental pains in the jaw are felt, an emergency visit to the dentist is heavily suggested.
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