Understanding Dental pain

Many of us experience toothaches from time to time and there are a number of different causes. The pain can range from a mild ache to a sharper pain, and it can sometimes spread to your jaw, head and ears. 

What are the symptoms of dental pain?

Dental pain can be a constant ache or a throbbing sensation, or you may find it comes and goes depending on what you are doing or eating.

Toothaches are often accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • Swelling of your gums (which could mean they are diseased)
  • Swelling of your jaw or face
  • Pain when you eat, particularly hot, cold or sweet food
  • Bleeding from your gums

What are the causes of dental pain?

Your teeth are generally long-lasting and very hard-working, but they are constantly under attack from bacteria, sugar, acidic foods, and the wear and tear of everyday life. So it's little wonder there are many toothache causes, which include:

  • Tooth decay, cracks and cavities (exposing the sensitive areas beneath your enamel)
  • Gum disease or infection
  • Wisdom tooth pain (generally occurring when new teeth are breaking through or are impacted)
  • Loose fillings (exposing nerves and other sensitive areas)
  • Dental treatment such as tooth extraction
What are the symptoms of dental pain?

How can I relieve tooth pain?

You can try using pain relief, such as Voltaren Rapid 12.5, if you get a toothache or other dental pains. For tougher types of pain with swelling or inflammation, such as wisdom tooth pain and tooth extraction pain, try Voltaren Rapid 25.

However, if the pain persists, or if there is an obvious physical problem such as a tooth cavity, broken filling or bleeding gums, you should go to your dentist straight away.

Other ways to address the challenge of how to relieve tooth pain include:

  • Eat foods that are easy to chew and swallow
  • Avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Avoid hard foods such as grainy bread
  • Mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and hold it in your mouth for a minute, covering the painful area, before spitting the salt water out
  • Lie with your head propped up on a pillow, as being horizontal can make any pain worse
  • Wrap an ice pack in a cloth and hold it against your face

Lifestyle tips

Here are a few simple things you can do to help reduce the chances of dental problems happening in the first place:

  • Brush your teeth methodically after breakfast and before going to bed
  • Choose a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use a soft toothbrush and avoid scrubbing too hard
  • Clean in between your teeth with floss and/or dental picks
  • Schedule a checkup with your dentist if you are experiencing dental pain

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