Haven’t we all been here before! Tooth nerve pain can be one of the most excruciating and annoying things in the world, if you don’t treat it immediately. Tooth nerve pain happens when the outer layer of the tooth is no longer able to protect the nerve. The three hard layers – either enamel, cementum or dentin are somehow damaged and are now making the nerve prone to all kinds of sensations that ultimately result in one thing – pain. Whether it’s shooting or throbbing, the pain appears irregularly, for a lot of patients mostly at night because of the increase of the blood flow to the head. This can be solved by sleeping in an elevated position, which is not the most comfortable way to sleep, but at least it eliminates the bigger issue. Something we’re also aware of is that the pain can be so distracting, making it hard to focus on anything else. That’s the bad thing, but the good thing is that no matter what kind of dental pain you’re experiencing there is always a solution and knowing more about the cause of the pain will help you differentiate between situations where home treatment is enough and the ones which require professional attention.
The most common form of tooth pain is a simple tooth sensitivity. You’ve probably experienced this unpleasantry while eating or drinking either something very cold (like ice cream) or very hot (overly microwaved foods), or while eating something very sweet (usually candy, but also sugary drinks, such as soda). It usually comes and goes on it’s own, but for many people out there this is a constant struggle because you don’t know when the sensation is going to happen and when it does – it’s mind numbing to say the least.
Tooth sensitivity happens usually when the most outer layer of your tooth (enamel) has been damaged or eroded. Another reason for it could be receded gums, because they leave the root of your tooth exposed. To avoid further damage to enamel, you should reduce foods that are acidic and contain a lot of sugar. Some of the foods associated with enamel erosion are:
- Coffee, soda and other acidic, sugary drinks;
- Candy, and once again, other similar sugary foods;
- Sour foods, such as lemons and pickles;
- Alcohol, which probably needs no further explanations and
- Whitening kits, when used improperly, because they damage enamel.
There is no way to completely avoid all food that does something bad for our teeth, it’s a never-ending battle, and this is the situation where you win some and lose some. But what you can do is reduce it’s intake and take better care of your dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth and flossing is a necessity, as well is rinsing your teeth with alcohol free mouthwash, especially after taking above mentioned foods and drinks. Another great way to deal with tooth sensitivity is choosing herbal based toothpaste that helps relief the pain and for recommendations on which one you should start using you should talk to your dentist or at least call his office and ask for additional information.
Once again, I’m going to stress the importance of oral hygiene! Tooth decay occurs when dental plaque builds up on our teeth. A good way to prevent tooth decay is by having a good oral hygiene, because once the decay is too advanced – a dental cavity forms.
Some signs and symptoms of the cavities include tooth stains, tooth holes, tooth sensitivity and toothache, especially when biting on something. There is no quick fix for this and for permanent pain relief, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible, so the cavities don’t progress more than they already have. There are, however, a few ways to make it easier to survive until you pay a visit to the dentist’s office:
- Take a non-prescription anti-inflammatory, or as we know it – pain reliever, such as aspirin or ibuprofen and use it accordingly to the instructions;
- Rinsing your mouth with a little bit of salty water;
- Biting on a garlic clove is a traditional, old school remedy;
- Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it;
- Sometimes the heat is more comfortable, which is why you can use warm water to relief the pain or a used tea bag, and sometimes the cold can be more comfortable, which is when you should consider an ice pack or something similar to that.
What’s most important is to schedule that dentist appointment as soon as possible, because as unpleasant as cavities are, if they are left untreated they can and will lead to more serious dental issues.
Happens to the best of us. Whether the tooth is cracked or it lost it’s filling, the pain caused by this can really be excruciating. If this is the case, an emergency visit to the dentist’s office is not a bad idea, because there is not a whole lot you can do at home to help relief the pain.
What you can do are basically the same things we talked about for tooth decay and tooth cavities. If you find sharp edges of a cracked tooth troubling, you can temporarily cover them with a piece of wax, like the one we use to cover braces brackets when they are bothersome, but the only permanent solution is to go to the dentist office and get that thing filled and crowned.
Regardless of what’s causing your tooth sensitivity, it’s never a bad idea to schedule an appointment and pay a visit to your dentist, because if something is hurting you – it’s a good enough reason to get checked out, as prevention and catching anything in the early stages are the best way to go around these things. That can also help you save money in a long run, because untreated situations often lead to more serious issues that require more attention, and ultimately, are a financial burden.