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An aching pain in or around a tooth is unpleasant but common. It may have various origins such as cavities, abscesses, inflammation, trauma and even food stuck in-between the teeth and gums. To avoid worsening the dental condition, action has to be taken quickly.
To rule out food impaction, the mouth should be rinsed with lukewarm water in order to dislodge any food debris. Using dental floss is also strongly recommended. The application of analgesics or aspirin on the gums is contraindicated since it could damage the tissues instead of healing them.
Then, call your dentist. A sharp and sudden pain is of bad omen; in most cases, it is a fracture or an infection. If the pain is the result of an impact or injury, immediate care is needed. If you believe that the pain is an aftereffect of a previous dental treatment (teeth whitening, tooth extraction, etc.), contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Healthy eating habits combined with exemplary oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help prevent a toothache.
Teeth should not be sensitive
Dental sensitivity is described as a sharp and stabbing tooth pain, generally occurring when consuming cold foods or beverages. This is often caused by receding gums or enamel wear which expose the sensitive layer located under the tooth’s enamel: the dentin.
Many factors can cause contact with the dentin and initiate pain:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Damaged restoration
- Sinus or ear infection
This condition can develop suddenly or gradually at any age. Tooth sensitivity does not naturally increase over time and has various causes such as eating habits and oral hygiene. For instance, overbrushing or the consumption of acidic foods and drinks may increase tooth sensitivity.
To hedge against tooth sensitivity, one must have an adequate oral hygiene. It is advisable to use a soft-bristled toothbrush as well as using toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Make sure not to apply excessive pressure during brushing and take time to gently remove any traces of dental plaque by flossing.
Since eating acidic and sugary foods can result in pain, adopting healthy eating habits, focusing on fruits and vegetables, is recommended. Teeth grinding can also explain dentin hypersensitivity. Finally, routine checkups at your dentist remain the best way to keep a healthy mouth.
If pain persists, seek advice from your dentist. They will be more than happy to determine the cause of your pain and provide appropriate solutions.