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It's likely that everyone on the planet as, at some point if not many, experienced a toothache. These can come with different symptoms and causes, but their presence is universal. A toothache can manifest itself as a low, dull throb, a sharp, stabbing pain, or anything in between. Typically, we can treat a minor toothache at home by managing its pain and double-
Examine the aching tooth : Look closely at the affected area. Are there food particles lodged between two teeth? Do you notice a crack or break in the tooth or teeth? Simply identifying the source of the ache can go a long way toward relief, especially if the culprit is something imminently fixable.
Clean the teeth: If you indeed have food lodged in your teeth, cleaning them thoroughly by brushing and flossing can certainly remove it. (Don't brush or floss vigorously or improperly, which can damage the gums or even drive the particles further into the gums. Floss in the recommended C-
Medication : If your tooth continues to hurt, over-
Tooth sensitivity : Perhaps the culprit is overly sensitive teeth, a very common problem. Sensitive teeth are those whose roots or exposed, or whose enamel has worn down and led to a weakening of the tooth's surfaces. We notice this sensitivity when we eat very sweet, very hot, or very cold foods (or feel cold air on our teeth). If this is the issue, rest assured that it is quite manageable. Specialized toothpastes and mouth rinses are available, often over the counter, to help re-
If you cannot identify and treat the toothache at home, and it lasts longer than a day or two, see your dentist. (You should also schedule an immediate appointment if you also feel pain your jaw or ear, or develop a fever. An infection in the tooth can easily spread to nearby areas.) Your dentist will likely x-