What you need to know

If you hate going to the dentist, you’re not alone. For many people, a visit to the dentist probably isn’t high up on your list of ‘most fun things to do’. But when you’re suffering from dental pain, either in the form of a toothache, abscess, gum or jaw ache, seeing your dentist is essential. Toothache is a common dental distress, and toothache relief can be achieved at home through effective painkillers. But, you should still visit your dentist to get to the main root of the problem.

What is toothache?

The most common cause of toothache, or pain in the jaw and face, is pulpitis – which means inflammation of the pulp of the tooth.

What causes toothache?

There are many different things that trigger toothaches or symptoms similar to toothache. Some common causes of toothache include:

  • Decay
  • A fracture of the tooth
  • A cracked tooth
  • An exposed tooth root, caused by over-vigorous brushing
  • An abscess in the gum
  • Ulceration of the gums
  • Inflammation of the sinuses – this can cause symptoms easily mistaken for toothache

How can I avoid toothache?

The best way to avoid toothache is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. That means cutting down on the sugary foods and drinks that can cause cavities. It’s also wise to:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use a plaque reducing mouth wash
  • Clean between your teeth using dental floss
  • Visit your dentist every six months

When should you see a dentist?

Although toothache relief medication – like Nurofen - will help you manage the pain of toothache or an abscess, it should only be used temporarily. You should see your dentist as soon as possible.

Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful.
If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or
prescribe. In all health related matters please contact your doctor.