It never seems to fail…you are just about to indulge in your favorite food when all of a sudden, you have a shooting pain in your mouth. That food has now forever been tainted. It seems you've gotten yourself a whopper of a toothache and it's time to visit the dentist.
How did we end up in this kind of pain? A toothache is one of the most jarring pains we have and it seems like we never know we're about to have one when it sneaks up on you. There are actually lots of different ways a toothache can occur. It can be as simple as a cracked tooth, cavities or exposed roots from not taking care of our teeth like we should. But it can also be something more serious, like your ears or sinuses causing the issue.
When it comes to pain, each one of us has a different degree pain tolerance. Some of us can work through a headache, while others are taken out at the first signs of one developing. Denying yourself a solution to your frequent headaches is only delaying the inevitable, and possibly making your situation worse. If your headaches persist, you need to figure out what is causing these frequent migraines or they will only continue to worsen. Similarly, headaches and toothaches are detected by the same trigeminal nerve in your head, which means one can be the cause of the other without being aware that is the case. Unfortunately, there is no real way to dissect the problem without the help of your dental professional.
There are, however, ways for you to give yourself some temporary relief while you are waiting to see the dentist. Of course there are always over-the-counter remedies, like Ibuprofen or pain relieving gels, but there are also some natural ways to help ease your pain. Try chewing on a piece of garlic for a while every day. In addition to being a pain reliever, it is also a way to strengthen your teeth. The soothing heat and salt combination your mouth gets from gargling with hot saltwater for a few minutes also help relieve a toothache. Vitamin C from citrus juice also does a great job with pain relief. If it's sinuses or another infection causing the pain, take a day to relax. Lots of water and sleep in a dark room will do wonders to help your aches and pains.
In the end, it is important to pay attention to the signals your body gives you when something is wrong. Ignoring the pain will only lead to more problems, so make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you find headaches or toothaches are persistent. The technological advancements in dentistry makes dental procedures easily accessible, convenient and virtually painless. The best solution is to take care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is the best line of defense.
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