Home Remedies for Toothaches
Brushing your teeth before bed might sound like an insignificant choir to worry about but it can have a significant impact on your oral health. Recently, a survey conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation found that many people skip brushing their teeth before bed. The poll’s results showed that 47 percent of respondents regularly skip this nighttime ritual, Medical News Today reported. That is almost 1 out of every 2 people not brushing!
Your mouth is a breading ground for bacteria. Bacteria accumulates on your teeth, gums and tongue. As a matter of fact, you have more bacteria in your mouth than cells in your body. The bacteria in our mouths need food to live and multiply. So when we eat foods (especially sugary foods), or even starchy foods like pasta or breads, the bacteria use them as their food. The bacteria then produce acids that can dissolve tooth enamel. When left over night, more extensive damage can be done to your gums and teeth based on the amount of time the bacteria is given to grow. Proper brushing(teeth, gums and tongue) and flossing, help to eliminate excess bacteria from your mouth.
Our advice to you? Brush your teeth before bed! You can save yourself a toothache and a good chance of gingivitis in your future. It’s only takes 2 minutes before bed which can save you lot’s of money and time to fix later down the line.
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Swallowing aspirin will help reduce toothache pain. Since aspirin is acidic, placing it beside the tooth can actually burn your gum tissue, causing an abscess.
What Is a Toothache?
A toothache is simply known as any varying level of pain in your teeth or jaw areas. This can be caused by a number of reasons, from injury to gum disease, but the most common one is tooth decay. One of the simplest types of decay is a cavity, and depending on the degree of the cavity, the pain can become agonizing. It is very common and may occur at any time, so many people turn to natural and home remedies for a toothache.
Why Does My Tooth Hurt?
The most common causes of a toothache are:
•Gum disease (tissue inflammation/infection)
•Chipped or broken tooth
•Abscessed tooth (a painful infection in the gums or the root of the tooth)
•Exposed tooth roots
How Can I Prevent a Toothache From Occurring?
The most common reason for a toothache due to tooth decay is excess sugar intake. This might be from a bad diet or even too many sodas. The most effective way to prevent cavities and other tooth decay is to eat healthier. By eating an apple instead of that last piece of chocolate cake, you are choosing between natural ingredients that help strengthen your teeth and processed sugars that will only add to your risk of cavity. Another way to help prevent tooth decay is by increasing your Vitamin C and Calcium intake, which can strengthen your teeth. One way to get Vitamin C is through eating limes. Brushing your teeth twice a day also helps to remove any plaque that might have built up before it turns into a cavity.
Home remedies are great ways to quickly alleviate tooth pain, but they do not cure the problem. The only way to fully diagnose and solve the issue is by going to your dentist to have an oral examination with an X-ray. The dentist is then able to tell you why your tooth is hurting and how you can treat it.
Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610 Charlotte, NC 28262