Do you suffer from toothache?
Toothache is a very common phenomenon. It can come out in so many situations like eating or drinking hot or cold, eating sugary, or sometimes without any special reason.
Toothaches are caused by an inflammation of the pulp inside the tooth. The pulp is part of the inside of the tooth that has tissue and nerves. The most common form of injury to the tooth is from dental caries, or a cavity. This is often a result of poor dental hygiene. Click here for oral health tips for kids.
Most toothaches are a result of a cavity. The bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and starch and produce an acid that can eat through the teeth, leading to tooth decay or infection.
The causes include:
- Dental caries or cavities
- Pulpitis, an inflammation of the dental pulp. This can be either reversible or irreversible. Teeth affected will need either root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth.
- Barodontalgia is a dental pain evoked upon changes in barometric pressure, in otherwise asymptomatic teeth.
- Wisdom teeth
- Cracked tooth
- Dry socket, which is a condition arising after having one or more teeth extracted (especially mandibular wisdom teeth).
- Tightening of Dental braces
Toothache can be easily prevented!
Toothache sounds horrible, but it can be prevented. Of course, there are natural remedies which might work, but always visit a dentist in order to find the most appropiate solution not only for the pain, but for the cause of the pain, because don’t forget, the pain is the conclusion of the real problem.
Early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed. If not treated, gum disease can cause more serious problems with the gum tissue.
We recommend that you visit your dentist for a full examination every six months.
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Other causes of gum bleeding, swelling, and pain include:
- Pregnancy, blood-thinning medicines, or bleeding disorders.
- Lack of vitamins, such as vitamin K or vitamin C, or medical problems, such as anemia, that interfere with the body’s ability to absorb certain vitamins.
- Teething in babies and young children.
- Medicines such as Dilantin or calcium channel blockers.
- Dentures or a dental appliance that irritates the gums.
- An infection around the root of the tooth.
Smoking and using other tobacco products increases your risk for gum disease. Smokers have a higher chance of having gum disease throughout their mouths than nonsmokers.