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Home Remedies for Toothaches

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Anyone who’s had the bad luck to be waylaid by a toothache knows that few experiences are more miserable. You want relief and you want it now. While home remedies may temporarily ease discomfort, the only way to get lasting toothache relief is to see a dentist.
Until you get professional help you may get some temporary relief using these toothache home remedies:
Rinse your mouth with warm water. Some toothaches are caused by trapped food particles. Use dental floss to remove anything wedged between teeth. This ensures a clean mouth and provides toothache relief.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Toothaches can often be eased with pain relievers. Consider applying ice to the affected area as an additional toothache remedy.
Apply an over-the-counter antiseptic containing benzocaine. This is a tried and true temporary toothache remedy.
Avoid very hot or very cold foods. Toothaches lead to sensitive teeth, so treat them gently.
Toothaches won’t just go away. Your ultimate toothache remedy will come from a dentist. Toothache remedies depend on the source of the problem; an X-ray will usually be used to check for decay or other dental problems. Then your dentist can perform the appropriate dental treatment, such as a tooth filling, tooth extraction or root canal.
Remember, toothache remedies can’t top prevention! The best way to stave off toothaches is to practice good oral hygiene, including regular flossing and brushing. Another great toothache remedy is your dental visit; it helps your dentist prevent and identify problems before they become serious.

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What to do in a Dental Emergency

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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Accidents happen all the time and not all of them require immediate care. But if you’ve had an injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw, you should see a dentist right away. If you’re not sure your problem is an emergency, here’s a list of the most common ones — plus a few things you can do to minimize pain and damage before seeing your dentist:
 
Broken Tooth — Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to decrease swelling and pain until you can be seen by the dentist.
Broken Jaw — Apply a cold compress to limit swelling and see your dentist right away.
Knocked-Out Tooth — Gently rinse off the knocked out tooth without removing any attached tissue. If possible, hold the tooth in place in the socket. Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk and get to your dentist right away.
Something Stuck in Your Teeth — Carefully try to remove the object with dental floss. (Don’t try using a sharp instrument!) If you’re unable to dislodge the object with dental floss, contact your dentist.
Toothache — Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then use dental floss to make sure there isn’t any food or other debris causing the pain. If the pain persists, call the dentist.
Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown — For dental fillings, seal the area with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement. If a dental crown has come loose, try to put it back in place with dental cement. If that doesn’t work, bring it with you to the dentist.
Dental Abscess — If you notice a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, rinse with salt water and immediately contact your dentist. Dental abscesses can lead to more serious infections if not promptly treated.

Why you Need to Brush your Teeth Before Bed

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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!

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Why Brushing Before Bed Time is Essential

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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Aspirin Placed Next to a Tooth Helps a Toothache?

THIS IS A MYTH!

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.

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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:
•Tooth decay/cavities
•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