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Causes Of Toothache and What Should We Do?


When we have a toothache, every movement, thought, sound -- even touch -- is overshadowed by throbbing pain of a toothache. Let’s see what may cause our toothache.


The relentless pressure and swelling in your sinuses can reverberate throughout your skull and leave you with a massive headache. The pain can also show up in places you might not expect. Sinus pain can give you earaches, toothaches, and pain in your jaws and cheeks. Sinus headaches are often at their worst in the morning because fluids have been collecting all night long. You may also experience a worsening of the headache when the temperature of your environment changes suddenly.


As the discharge from your sinuses drains down the back of your throat, it can cause plenty of irritation, especially over a long period of time. This can lead to a persistent and annoying cough. A sinus cough is particularly aggravating because it tends to be worse at night, making sleeping difficult. Sitting upright to sleep can help reduce the frequency and intensity of your coughing.

 Tooth Decay 

Untreated tooth decay is a gateway to a host of serious dental problems(which could be cured by dental instruments in fact) that may result in a toothache. While a cavity may not cause significant tooth pain, the consequences of untreated tooth decay leads to potentially painful bouts of tooth pain.

Small cavities that only involve the enamel are usually painless, and generally go undetected by the patient. Once the decay penetrates through the enamel, it invades the dentin layer of the tooth. At this point the cavity is likely just cold- and sweet-sensitive. As the decay progresses deeper into the tooth, the pain intensifies. Pain from a toothache caused by a cavity is best described as sharp and intermittent

  Gum Disease

Gum disease doesn't necessarily cause a toothache, although advanced gum disease may cause pain in the mouth that may be interpreted as a toothache. When the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, begin to progress, the bacteria responsible for the infection causes inflammation of the tissues. This inflammation may cause a dull pain in the area where the gums are infected. In serious cases of gum disease, known as preodontitis,  a gum abscess may occur. This abscess is similar to an abscessed tooth, only the pocket of infection is on the outer tissues in the mouth. Pain from advanced gum disease, and a gum abscess may be described as a throbbing, dull pain, that increases in severity when the area is stimulated.


Toothaches are no fun. And when you have a toothache, it seems that anything you put in your mouth worsens the pain--like certain foods, certain beverages or even just cold air. One thing that makes toothaches hurt even worse is having a cold or sinus infection. The pain can get pretty close to unbearable, and you should really see a dentist who will probably use intraoral camera for further check. But if you want to treat a cold-irritated toothache on your own, you can use some simple home remedies as following:

  Take some cold and sinus medicine like Tylenol PM or Dayquil. You'll be more likely to cure your cold than you will a toothache.

  Wet a tea bag. Don't get it sopping and dripping wet, but run it under some warm water. Open your mouth and place it on the teeth that are aching from a cold.

  Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a good bit of water. Don't swallow it, as It can potentially be dangerous. Swish it around in your mouth for 30 to 45 seconds. 


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