A toothache is not a pain that can be easily endured. Shakespeare agreed with this. He said “For there was never a philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently”.
Common causes of tooth pain
Tooth pain varies in intensity as well its cause. Some of the most common forms of tooth pain include those caused by:
- Sensitive teeth
This type of tooth pain is often manifested by a painful twinge that occurs while eating or drinking anything cold, hot or sweet.
- Sinus problems
This pain occurs in the upper teeth. Several teeth are affected at the same time.
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Teeth grinding applies pressure to the teeth causing pain to several teeth at a time. It can also result in a problem with the temperomandibular joint, which will also result in pain to several teeth at a time.
- The occurrence of a cavity
- Loose tooth
- Damage to the gum
- Cracked tooth
- Damage to the pulp
The pulp is the inner living core of the tooth. It is the part of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. Damage to the pulp would result in sharp pains.
Common remedies for tooth pain
If you are suffering from tooth pain, the most permanent measure you can take is to visit your dentist. This is especially important in cases of severe pain that could be a sign of damage to the pulp or an infection.
However, if you are unable to see a dentist immediately, you may opt for some temporary relief from the pain. Some common tooth pain remedies include:
- Over the counter analgesics
You can use the same common over the counter pills you use for other bodily aches and pains for temporary relief from tooth pain. Aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are quite effective. Ibuprofen is highly recommended as it also relieves inflammation associated with the pain.
- Toothpastes for sensitive teeth
There are various toothpastes designed particularly for people with sensitive teeth. These toothpastes will relieve the pain associated with drinking or eating hot, cold or sugary foods.
- Natural home remedies
There are a wide variety of home remedies for relieving tooth pain. These include:
A warm wet tea bag: Black tea contains astringents that will help to reduce any swelling and therefore relieve pain temporarily.
- Wrap some ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap a thin cloth around the plastic bag. Apply it to the aching tooth to numb the nerves and temporarily relieve tooth pain.