If you are experiencing tooth pain, and particularly if it is causing you serious distress or noticeable changes to your quality of life, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible - or make arrangements to do so as soon as any isolation period you may be going through ends.

Even if your tooth is not severe, there can be many different causes behind toothache, and even temporary remedies to reduce the pain and discomfort you might be experiencing. 

What Can Cause Toothache?

Toothaches can be caused by a range of different issues specific to your oral health, or as part of wider issues requiring a greater range of treatments. Some common causes of toothaches include:

- Injury, even mild, to the face or jaw

- Tooth decay that spreads deep and extends to the nerves in your teeth may cause pain.

- Tooth infection or abscessed tooth 

- Food impaction between teeth

- Gingivitis or periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease

- Bruxism, otherwise known as grinding your teeth, especially at night


What Do I Do To Help Prevent Toothache?

Some of the common causes of toothache, as listed above, can be solved by improving and maintaining your dental hygiene practices as well as introducing new ones like flossing or using mouthwash. Regular dental checkups can also help to catch potential causes of toothache early and 

Whilst visiting the dentist is always a good idea if you are unsure of the cause of your toothache, temporary pain relief options, including paracetamol and ibuprofen, can be purchased over the counter to manage pain. You can also avoid specific foods, including particularly acidic, cold, or hard foods which are prone to triggering toothache pains.

Other methods of pain relief can also be effective, including cold compresses or ice packs - so long as cold temperatures do not exacerbate your toothache - as well as other traditional remedies. However, the best way to eliminate your toothache is to see your dentist!

When Should You Go to the Dentist?

Any toothache deserves an answer. Sometimes pain that diminishes can return with more intensity than the first time. Consult your dentist immediately if your toothache lasts more than two days, is accompanied by fever, headache, pain when opening your mouth, causes you severe discomfort, or causes you trouble sleeping at night. You should also consider contacting your doctor to ensure that your toothache is not part of a wider illness. Whilst toothache can have some comparatively mild causes, all dental pain should be a cause for concern - never put off seeing your dentist!


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