What is A Toothache?
Easy Home Cures For Toothache Seems like a straightforward answer doesn’t it?
But it’s one of those things where until you actually experience it firsthand for yourself nobody on the planet can ever explain it to you, no description is apt enough to detail the pain of a toothache until you yourself feels theintense shock of electricity permeate your tooth forthe first time or the throbbing wave of pain that radiates from your jawbone that won’t let up and for some reason seems to throbin time with your heartbeat.
A toothache can make your life a complete misery and it can bring grown men to their knees and until you do something about it it’s nearly impossible to get on with your life.
Eating and sleeping are difficult and so your health as a result deteriorates, not to mention the symptoms of the toothache it self could be an indication of more serious problems such as infection.
The different types of toothache pain can also be an indicator of different problems which we will cover soon.
Technically a toothache is the pain in the tooth or teeth and around the jaw. It can be as described above as acute pain which is the intense, electrical jolt that takes you completely unawares or the more chronic throbbing that tends to linger.
What Are Symptoms Toothache ?
The pain from toothache is not always severe or constant. It can vary along a spectrum from minor discomfort to extreme agony.
Severe episodes of pain may be preceded by days and even weeks of warning signs such as a minor discomfort when biting on a tooth, or an increase in tooth sensitivity to cold, hot or sweet things (this is called hypersensitivity).
These early symptoms may only last for only a few seconds at a time but if you experience them repeatedly for more than one or two days you should have your teeth assessed by a dentist as soon as possible.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, whether sharp and throbbing or dull and achy, it can be difficult to bite and chew, concentrate, get through the day, even sleep at night, no matter what over-the-counter medication you take for some relief.
The source of tooth pain may be dental decay, an injury or an infection in the tooth. Regardless of the cause, if you have ongoing pain it’s time to see a dentist or endodontist for treatment.
In the meantime, read on for information on common pain symptoms, possible causes and some steps you can take to ease the discomfort.
The symptoms of toothache are frequently confusing. It can be difficult to decide which tooth is causing the pain or even whether it’s coming from an upper or a lower tooth.
Sometimes the pain can feel like it is coming from a distant site, like your ear for example. This is called referred pain.
The Most Common Symptoms Of Toothache Are
- Understanding the type of pain can help the dentist to treat you more effectively.
- Is it a sharp shooting pain or a dull ache?
- Does the pain last for a few seconds or half an hour?
- Does anything make the pain worse or make it go away?
- The longer each episode of pain lasts, the more serious the condition is likely to be.
- If you are experiencing sharp pains when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, it could mean you have a cavity.
- It may also be a sign that you may have sensitive teeth, either from receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel.
- While you are waiting for a dental appointment to confirm the cause of your sensitive teeth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may help ease the symptoms.
Inability To Sleep:
- If your sleep is affected by toothache then you are likely you have irreversible pulpitis, especially if you are woken up in the middle of the night with a spontaneous throbbing toothache that can last for hours.
- If you experience any of these symptoms for more than a day or two without any reduction in severity, arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible. If you delay, the pain is likely to get worse.
What Causes A Toothache?
- There could be several factors at play where the pain of the tooth itself is merely a manifestation of some other underlying issue. You don’t appreciate it at this moment but your teeth are your body’s warning system that something is wrong.
- This can range from something as simple as hypersensitivity in teeth which cause them to react strongly to hot or cold liquids but with hypersensitivity it can even cause teeth to react
- Strongly to cold drafts or excess dampness or moisture in the air.
- Over 40 million adults in the US alone (it’s estimated that this proportion applies to the general population) suffer from tooth sensitivity due in part to the poor diet of our day.
- If you find your teeth becoming increasing reactive to hot and cold liquids and foods then it’s a good chance you have sensitive or hypersensitive teeth.
- This can also be an after effect of the tooth whitening process as the chemical bleach preparation applied to the teeth is acidic and weakens the protective tooth enamel layer increasing the risk of tooth decay and demineralization.
- This is why so many people feel that their teeth became noticeably more sensitive and brittle after whitening.
- Most off the shelf brand tooth whiteners, particularly those contained in toothpaste don’t actually whiten the teeth but actually irritate the gums making them a darker red.
- This gives the illusion of the teeth being whiter when in actual fact they are not.
- For tooth sensitivity there are recommended toothpaste brands which can combat the symptoms of hypersensitivity while avoiding things like ice cream and hot drinks is recommended.
- This type of toothache is usually caused from excess wear on the teeth which can be accelerated by a condition known as “Bruxism”, unconscious tooth grinding. Most people don’t even know they have Bruxism as it tends to occur when the person is a sleep.
- This constant grinding can wear the teeth down which leaves little separation between the dentine and the pulp. Once the dentine is exposed the pulp transmits messages of pain to the nerve hence the reason why dental cavities and cracked, injured teeth exposed to air and microbes are painful and sensitive.
- Tooth sensitivity also occurs when gum recession takes place, the less protective gum layer covering the dentine and nerves the more teeth start reacting with time toward hot and cold foods and drinks.
- Other causes of toothache are the more obvious culprits such as a cracked tooth, filling or veneer, dental caries from eating acidic, sweet foods that corrode the fillings and the tooth’s protective enamel layer.
- This corrosion is caused from the bacteria that are present on the teeth which break down the sugary, refined food you eat and then excrete them in the forms of acids which then eats away at the protective enamel of the tooth causing a cavity, infection and eventually toothache.
- Toothache can also occur if the root is exposed to air and food or if you have sinus problems, that feeling of excess pressure in your head can manifest symptoms of sore, achy teeth.
- If you have a cold or the flu or are feeling just generally run down you can feel it in your teeth this is because the ears, nose and throat are all interconnected and impact one another even having a headache or extra tension around the head and facial muscles can create what resembles a toothache but really is a symptom of the tension itself.
- In this scenario, Tylenol or plain Aspirin would be the best solution for pain relief.
- Another thing that exacerbates tooth pain is Gingivitis. Gingivitis causes gum line recession as tartar builds around the teeth in the absence of proper brushing and flossing.
- You can probably spot the early signs of Gingivitis such as red, inflamed, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed or flossed.
- Gingivitis starts out harmless enough as regular plaque but when allowed to build and accumulate for longer periods of time hardens into a yellow-brownish calcified cement-like structure which clings to the base of the teeth between the tooth and the gum line and becomes difficult to remove without the aid of a dentist.
- This hardened tartar must be physically scraped from the teeth.
- The reason why tartar is such a problem is because when left untouched it pushes the gum line down causing it to recede exposing more tooth (hence the expression “long in the tooth”), in fact it is this that is responsible for the majority of tooth loss in adults rather than the cavities themselves.
- This is what causes the teeth to become loose, if left untreated tooth loss eventually follows.
- Unless blunt force trauma occurs, tooth loss is a very gradual process over time where intervention can prevent the condition from worsening.
- While the process of gum shrinkage occurs more and more, your tooth begins to become exposed where gum used to be making those now exposed areas more sensitive to hot and cold.
- It’s because the more the gum line recedes that the more sensitive the tooth becomes.
- As it gets closer to the tooth root. That is why so many adults are surprised at how sensitive their teeth became with age simply with the recession of their gums.
- Prevention in this case is the best solution but you can also halt the process with proper brushing, changing your toothbrush every 3-6 months and by only purchasing a medium hardness.
- Believe it or not using a hard bristle toothbrush has been known to accelerate gum recession as it physically pushes the gums back when brushing with this type of toothbrush.
- Flossing also helps get rid of the tartar forming plaque that settles below the gum line.
- Left untreated this contributes to gum disease, abscess and infection.
- If infection is left too long it can become dangerously toxic to the blood, the treatment to combat the problem would require a course of antibiotics.
- Regular dentist visits ensures that any tartar build up is removed before it becomes a huge issue for your teeth in the future. It’s such a gradual process that people too often don’t pay attention to it, they put off going to the dentist because their teeth for now feel fine.
- Its’ not until you’re slapped with a nasty toothache that you realize it wasn’t a problem that happened overnight but gradually accumulated over time.
- If you think about it we really are what we eat and what passes through our lips makes its way through our body. Doctors have proven that if you have a high accumulation and build up of tartar on the teeth then there is a high probability that this same calcified plaque attached to your teeth is also clinging to the walls of your arteries.
- This represents a bigger problem as this is the type of plaque build that causes high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
- So as you can see, tooth pain is not all bad, it can help warn us of more serious issues that we can get early detection and treatment of.
How To Get Rid Of A Toothache Naturally In Less Than 12 Hours?
- So here it is, 20 natural treatments that have been highly effective in the treatment of toothache pain while helping to reduce infection.
- Some remedies outlined here offer relief within an hour while others take effect within a few hours of application. These remedies are for pain relief only and do not replace the need for a good dentist.
- This should only be used as a temporary measure to help relieve pain if you are not able to get to a dentist immediately because there is no substitute for proper dental treatment that can get the real heart of the matter and treat the root cause (no pun intended) affecting your teeth which may be beyond the scope of just natural pain relief alone.
- Treating the cause rather than just treating the symptoms of pain is the best solution for permanent, pain free results.
- There are several natural remedies using things you already have around your home that can provide pain relief for your toothache. Because these are natural they leave no known side effects and are easy to implement. There are a couple of treatments that pregnant women should avoid.
- These remedies may seem like hocus pocus potions straight out of the pages of Hogwarts book of spells but they really do work.
Ice Compress and Ice Cold Mouth Rinse:
- Depending upon the type of toothache you have, for example if you have the toothache due to hypersensitivity then this might not be the best option for you. If you’re not overly sensitive to cold then this may be an effective solution.
- Toothache arising from non sensitivity usually indicates infection where ice is the best line of defense.
- Ice works by numbing the localized area by interrupting the pain signals the nerve cells transmit to the brain giving you temporary relief.
- It also reduces swelling and inflammation that arises from infection from abscesses.
- These are several ways in which you can use ice to give pain relief, choose any one of the following:
- Wrap an ice cube inside a washcloth, run cold water over it for 10 seconds, enough to dampen the area containing the ice cube (this allows for the coolness of the ice cube to permeate through the washcloth). Place on the tooth itself or within the area of the toothache. This should help to take the edge off the pain.
- Try using an icepack if you have one. This is also effective for numbing pain on the affected area. Place the icepack directly on the affected side and compress it. This should be applied to the cheek or jaw that is causing the most pain and discomfort. This should help to dull the pain within a few minutes. If you don’t have an icepack, a bag of frozen vegetables works as just as well.
- Rubbing ice or an ice cube directly on the cheek over the area of pain gives almost instant pain relief.
- Try placing an ice cube or a piece of ice in your mouth directly over the affected tooth or area of pain. Leave it in for as long as you can, until it completely melts is ideal. The longer you leave it in the greater the numbing effect on the pain.
- Swirling and rinsing the mouth with cold water or ice water is effective at minimizing pain.
Salt Water Gargle
- Salt has been used for over 3,500 years as a natural food preserve and for its ability to kill bacteria, which is why salt is still recommended to this day for the natural treatment of wounds and infections and has been known to be highly effective in the treatment of toothache.
- What makes salt such a great anti bacterial is that it draws water from bacteria through osmosis causing the bacteria shrink and die.
- Osmosis is the process whereby water from a lower saline concentration travels across the cell membrane barrier to higher concentrations. The bacteria in the presence of high saline or salty environments are destroyed by dehydration which is why salt is such an effective preserve, from the time of the ancient Egyptians and was even used in the process of mummification.
- Most toothaches arise from some kind of infection whether from a cracked tooth or missing filling, bacteria takes hold from food particles which have decomposed and are lodged within cavities where infection sets in.
- Salt is ideal in the treatment of infection while addressing the issue of pain arising from the infected tooth. If you treat more than just the symptom of pain and treat the cause you will be able to eliminate the pain permanently.
- Salt water has a two-fold purpose as it draws out infection from the affected gum tissue surrounding the nerve it kills bacteria while giving pain relief at the same time.
- Create a saline solution by simply adding a teaspoon of sea salt to a glass of lukewarm water and rinse around your mouth for around 20 to 30 seconds before spitting out.
- The saline solution cleans the area surrounding the tooth and helps draw out of some the infection responsible for the inflammation and pain. This treatment is safe and you can repeat as frequently as required until the pain subsides.
- You can also add sea salt or rock salt directly to the tooth or affected area if you don’t mind the salty taste.
- Sharp, intense pain should subside within a few minutes of treatment.
- Apart from warding off vampires, garlic has proven itself over the millennia as an effective antiseptic.
- Garlic has been recorded as far back as 3,000 BC for medicinal purposes and was used by the ancient Egyptians, the Romans and the Greeks which is why it is still so
- important in these cultures today.
- Garlic contains Allicin, the compound responsible for its healing action making garlic a powerful antibacterial agent and a natural anesthetic.
- Allicin is released from the garlic once crushed giving pain relief to the affected area it is applied to.
Choose any of the following:
- Combine one clove of garlic with a sprinkling of rock salt and crush into a fine paste. Apply directly to the affected tooth but apply sparingly as too much can leave a burning sensation.
- A clove of garlic crushed with a teaspoon of peanut butter applied to the tooth is also effective for pain relief.
- You can also place a whole clove of garlic on the tooth for 30 minutes. If you’re able to apply pressure, bite down on the clove allowing some of the juice to release on the affected tooth providing a natural soothing anesthetic.
- Gives relief within 20 minutes.
- Chewing a clove of garlic also strengthens the immunity of the weakened tooth enabling it to heal from infection reducing pain and inflammation.
- Like garlic, onion also has its share of miracle healing properties and is a natural antiseptic.
- The early pioneers that settled in America used onions to treat asthma and colds.
- In China, onions were used to also treat coughs, congestion problems and bacterial infections. In fact so potent are the medicinal properties of the onion in the treatment of ailments that it has been officially recognized by the World Health Organization.
- Place a piece of onion big enough to cover the affected tooth. Leave on the tooth for 30 minutes to help kill bacteria and give pain relief.
- If the tooth allows for it, cut off a bite sized piece of onion and chew it for 2 to 3 minutes.
- This will release the antiseptic qualities of the onion and help the pain to subside.
Clove And Clove Oil
- Cloves have been revered for centuries for their antiseptic and anesthetic properties, both its fresh and dehydrated forms are effective in the relief of toothache pain.
- The Clove has made several appearances throughout history and was used as far back as 200 BC in China for the relief of toothache pain and to freshen the breath.
- During the 19th century, long before the dental hygiene we know of today existed, the dentists of the time would carry liberal supplies of clove oil to numb their patient’s mouths before and after extraction and for the alleviation of toothache pain.
- Clove oil is extracted from the clove bud which through its Eugenol content gains its bactericidal, anesthetic qualities making it an effective natural painkiller.
- Cloves are still an effective way to manage toothache pain to this day and its longevity throughout the ages is proof of this.
Use any of the following methods:
- Place a fresh or dehydrated clove on the painful part of the tooth and bite down gently for 30 minutes, if the pain allows chew the clove until soft allowing the natural oil to permeate the affected area. If the pain persists, chew a second one.
- Because clove contains analgesic qualities you should experience numbness to the area within minutes of application.
- You can also apply clove oil directly to the affected spot with a q-tip avoiding the tongue and surrounding gum area. In addition to having a strong, concentrated unpleasant taste of cloves, it can also irritate the surrounding tissue.
- Leaving on for 3 minutes should adequately numb the painful tooth.
- Clove oil is for external use only and should not to be swallowed but rather rinsed thoroughly with water after application. More than 2 applications with clove oil is not recommended.
- Clove oil can be toxic if taken in large quantities.
(Not Recommended For Pregnant Women)
Tea Tree Oil
- Tea tree oil has long been hailed as a natural antiseptic by the native Aborigine’s of the Australian outback, long before modern day science was able to confirm its medicinal properties.
- The beauty of tea tree oil is its ability to penetrate, this means that it is ideal for deep treatment of the infected tissue affecting the tooth. Its antibacterial qualities kill infection while its painkilling and wound healing properties sooth and help repair the damaged tissue.
- Create a mouthwash by adding 3 drops of tea tree oil to 1 glass of water, stir well.
- Take a mouthful and swill it for 30 seconds at a time, spit out.
- Repeat again. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with a solution of lukewarm salt water.
- Do not swallow the tea tree oil mixture.
- You should experience a noticeable dulling of the pain and a numbing sensation after the second mouthwash treatment; this is due to tea tree oil’s penetrating properties which permeates the gum tissue to desensitize the nerves transmitting pain signals.
- The gums should also reduce in pain, redness and swelling as the tea tree kills the infection caused from bacteria.
- Who would have thought the humble tea bag could provide such remarkable healing properties?
- It was believed in ancient China that tea had curative abilities and that it was a major ingredient in the treatment of headache pain.
- It was then discovered that topical application also proved effective in the elimination of toothache pain.
- In addition to its soothing qualities, tea has been found to be an antibacterial, killing bacteria, viruses as well as fungi contained within the body.
- This makes it an ideal candidate in the treatment of toothache especially where infection is involved.
- Due to the antioxidant properties which are derived from its polyphenols, tea is fast gaining popularity with scientists for its ability to fight against disease and for its protection against colon cancer and tumors.
- Place a standard teabag into a cup of water, place in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Remove the teabag while still warm and place on the sore tooth.
- Bite down gently and hold in place for 20 minutes or until you get pain relief.
- Substituting green tea instead of regular tea works as equally well.
How To Prevent Future Toothache Pain From Returning?
- Having a toothache is no fun, the last thing you want to happen is to have another episode especially after what you experienced with this one.
- To ensure that you prevent any future toothache or at the very least decrease the likelihood of it happening again there are preventative measures you can take.
- First off, visit your dentist to get to the heart of the toothache in the first place, until the issue of the toothache is addressed and the problem treated, frequent toothache bouts are eminent.
- Following the proper treatment there are changes to your lifestyle that can make a huge impact on the health of your teeth. In fact, the reason why you got the toothache in the first place was because your teeth were deteriorating as a result of diet and lifestyle and your tooth health was declining gradually on a daily basis.
- It wasn’t even until you got the toothache that you realized that something was wrong yet it was a problem quietly building.
- Most dentists won’t even tell you this as they treat the solution of the toothache without arming you with the appropriate preventative measures you need to further preserve your teeth (other than the usual advice of proper brushing and flossing).
- In fact teeth don’t have to weaken with age they can actually get stronger.
What Kinds Of Foods Contain Recommended Levels Of Calcium And Phosphate?
- You can find calcium in the more obvious sources such as milk, yoghurt, cheese but you can also find them in chickpeas, tofu, nuts, oats, cabbage, broccoli, oranges, turnips, etc.
- You need around 1,000mg of calcium per day if you’re aged between 19 and 50 years of age, which you should get by having a good mixture of these types of calcium rich foods in a day.
- In fact having 2 yoghurts and a cup of skim milk per day gives you around 1,100 mg a day, easily fulfilling your recommended daily requirement.
- Phosphate you’ll find from such foods as egg yolk, milk, nuts, beans, lentils, wheat germ, soy, oats, and corn.
- The great thing is that these foods are also a great source of calcium so you don’t need to double up on your intake as you get a good dose of each from eating the same amount.
- Avoid foods that are high in processed and refined flours and sugars.
- These attract tooth deteriorating bacteria which can damage your teeth on a daily basis and undo the remineralization process you’re trying to achieve.
- Vitamin D as we spoke of earlier which fortifies and strengthens teeth from the inside out, you can get this naturally from sun exposure or from your diet in the form of fish oils such as found in salmon, tuna, cheese, egg yolks.
- Vitamin D aids in calcium absorption.
- Change your toothbrush every 6 months or less.
- With wear and tear your toothbrush’s bristles become less effective at sweeping plaque from around the gum line preventing gum disease.
- Avoiding eating in between meals, this gives bacteria a chance to re-grow and erode the teeth.
- The bacteria can only live off the food you feed it which makes sugary snacks a nono.
- If you feel peckish, have an apple or carrot sticks, this will ensure that your teeth remain clean as they provide bulk for cleaning the teeth while you eat.
- Following these steps will not only decrease the risk of suffering a toothache again but also strengthen your teeth, gums and bones that will ensure that you keep your teeth long into the future.