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First Aid for Teethache

Tooth Ache

 

Overview/Causes
Symptoms
Treatment
Consult a Doctor
Prevention

 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



 

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