5 Common causes of toothache which you are ignoring and its Prevention


Are you worried regarding what is causing tooth Toothache. I will answer your habit is causing toothache. As the word suggest, pain in the tooth or pain around the surrounding structure of tooth.

The cause of this pain is mostly originated from the disease of the tooth or in some instances from other diseases which is not associated with the tooth. The pain of toothache might be so severe to the extent that it might compromise your quality of life and daily activities like problem in eating or not being able to sleep just because of it.

Common Causes of toothache

  1. Tooth decay
  2. Cracked tooth
  3. Gum disease
  4. Sensitive tooth
  5. Non Dental causes

The relief of toothache is considered one of the main responsibilities of dentists. Toothache is the most common type of pain in the mouth or face. It is one of the most common reasons for emergency dental visits.

Million cases of tooth pain occurred as a result of dental caries in permanent teeth and in baby teeth. Historically, the demand for treatment of toothache is thought to have led to the emergence of dental surgery as the first specialty of medicine.

After talking about toothache, it is essential for us to know about what actually causes toothache. The most common reason for toothache is tooth decay. Tooth decay is result of not following oral hygiene properly  or eating too much sugary stuffs among other reasons.

So it is basic to prevent tooth decay and we should refrain from eating too much sugar stuffs and make brushing with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day our lifestyle to have a healthy mouth free of caries.

Tooth decay doesn’t initially cause toothache but a unattended tooth decay and being ignorant to visit  the dentist will cause toothache over time and eventually the tooth can’t be saved and needs to be extracted which inflicts a psychological trauma to the individual.


The treatment options for tooth decay are restoration of tooth with tooth like materials or root canal therapy where tooth is rendered lifeless but is prevented from extraction.

Coming back to toothache,we come across the term ‘hypersensitivity’, which also causes pain when we eat hot or cold food or blow air from the mouth.The causes of hypersensitivity are recession of gums which surround the tooth, vigorous tooth brushing.

The home treatment options are using desensitizing tooth paste like sensodyne which are easily available in the market. Another cause of pain is food impaction when there is narrow space present between the teeth.

It leads to swollen and red painful gums and bleeding while brushing or applying pressure.The home remedy is using a tooth pick or dental floss to remove impacted food.Again following the proper oral hygiene practice is essential for resolution of this problem.

Another important reason of severe toothache is the partially erupted third molar(wisdom tooth). Food impaction happens around the gum of the partially erupted third molar and also due to trauma from the tooth in the opposite jaw,there is severe pain around the partially erupted third molar which is so severe that patient has difficulty eating as well as difficulty speaking.

You are causing toothache yourself

If this happens, there are several actions you can take at home to ease your symptoms and improve your oral hygiene: Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, Floss or use interdental brushes daily and Rinse your mouth with a chlorhexidine-based mouthwash.

It’s possible to even reverse your symptoms by following these steps. If you’re looking to ease your discomfort, you can talk to your dentist about pain medications, too.If the problem persists beyond this time frame or occurs repeatedly, seek treatment from a dental professional as soon as possible.

Typical  treatment involves the removal of wisdom teeth. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics if complications prevent the teeth from being taken out immediately.

Toothache are mostly treated by routine dentistry but in some instances,due to gross ignorance or lack of access to health care due to various reasons ,the toothache as simple as it might sound might be the primary cause of death of the patient.

Proper oral hygiene helps to prevent toothaches by preventing dental disease. The treatment of a toothache depends upon the exact cause, and may involve a filling, root canal treatment, extraction, drainage of pus, or other remedial action.It is essential to follow proper oral hygiene procedures and visit to dentist to take proper care of the oral health.

Pravin Thapa



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