Last Updated on Jun 20, 2011

 Overview/Causes

  • Tooth ache is primarily caused by tooth decay 
  • Bacteria flourishes on sugar/starch in food particles inside mouth 
  • A sticky plaque is then formed on teeth surface 
  • The bacteria in the plaque produces acid 
  • This acid erodes the enamel or hard covering of the teeth 
  • This creates a cavity 
  • The first sign of tooth decay is tooth ache 
  • This occurs on eating something very cold/very hot/sweet 
  • Tooth ache can also be caused by injury/trauma 
  • Tooth ache can occur in children and adults 

Symptoms

Pain in the tooth radiates to jaw, cheek, ear 

  • Pain while chewing 
  • Increased sensitivity to hot/cold things 
  • Swelling in the jaw 
  • Discharge/Bleeding from tooth or gums 

Treatment
  • Use a floss to remove any particle lodged between teeth 
  • Learn flossing from a dentist
  • Take a pain relieving tablet 
  • Apply benzocaine containing antiseptic 
  • Applying clove oil also might help 
  • Do not place aspirin directly against the gums 
  • This might lead to burning of gum tissue 

Consult a Doctor
If
  • Tooth ache persists
  • Fever occurs with the ache
  • Difficulty in breathing occurs
  • Difficulty in swallowing occurs
Prevention
  • Brush teeth after every meal
  • Floss regularly
  • Visit your dentist twice a year
  • Wear a mouth gear while playing
  • Avoid smoking as it worsens dental conditions
  • Eat a balanced meal with reduced starch/sugar content

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Comments

@viakk, India

I have bad pain health please suggest me any pain reliefs

@chodu, India

i have teeth pain. if i bite some bits of meal pain occurs. please suggest me best pain relief tablets.

@Shani, United Kingdom

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@maldita, Philippines

i have deep pain inside my jockettooth what did i do to stop the pain?

@anupam227, India

my father's tooth are infected and swelling to in his face is any medicine help him out plz?