Toothache can put a real downer on your day, but thankfully there are often ways to prevent and manage it. If you’re struggling with toothache or you’d like to find out how to keep dental pain at bay, here are some steps you can follow:
Learn how to brush properly: brushing your teeth is the most effective weapon against decay, gum disease and tooth pain, but it’s important to make sure that you are brushing correctly. When you brush, go for a small headed brush with soft bristles, reach right into the corners and angle the head so that you can clean the whole tooth, including the part that joins the gum line. Use a circular motion and be gentle. If you brush firmly, this can cause the enamel to wear away.
Brush twice a day, every day: surveys often show that many people neglect to brush their teeth twice a day, every day and this puts oral and general health at risk. Brushing only takes a few minutes and you should prioritise it as part of your daily routine.
Floss: flossing targets the cracks between the teeth and the gum line that are hard to clean with a toothbrush and it can really make a difference to your oral health.
What causes toothache?
Toothache can be a sign of sensitivity, decay or injury and if you have persistent, severe or worsening pain, you should see your dentist. Sensitivity occurs when the dentine, the part of the tooth that lies underneath the enamel layer, becomes exposed. It can be symptomatic of decay and enamel erosion. Injury to the tooth, such as a chip or fracture, can also cause pain. Dental abscesses can also contribute to pain. In this case, pain is usually throbbing and can come on suddenly or gradually.
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent toothache. By brushing and flossing, you reduce the risk of plaque forming dramatically and this has a very positive impact on oral health. We also recommend steering clear of sugary foods and drinks and ensuring that you are up to date with dental check-ups. Often, problems that cause toothache get worse with time, so it’s best to see your dentist as soon as you start to experience discomfort.