Toothaches are no joke. It is possible for the bacterial infection that causes toothaches to enter the bloodstream and spread to other places in the body. So, before we get going on methods of naturally relieving a toothache, here are a few signs that your aching tooth is at the point where you should see a dentist ASAP:
A toothache lasts longer than a couple of days
Pain associated with the toothache is intense, not diminishing, or both.
Experiencing a fever and/or an earache, and/or pain when opening the mouth
A cracked tooth or fracture is causing the toothache
A toothache is accompanied by other severe symptoms, including swelling of the neck or mouth, or difficulty breathing, speaking, or swallowing (this is a medical emergency.)
The good news is that most toothaches are quite harmless and easily rectifiable. It’s safe to say that many (all?) of us have had to deal with an aching tooth at some point.
Predictably, the leading cause of a toothache (and nearly every other condition linked to the teeth or gums) is poor oral care. Given the relatively cheap options available to help us keep our teeth clean – including toothbrushes, pastes, and floss – everyone should be making oral health a priority. Proper home oral care, per the American Dental Association (ADA), consists of:
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