Having pain in your teeth does not emanate from your hard white enamel covering your teeth but from beneath the enamel in the soft pulp in the middle of your tooth. The pulp is full of nerve endings, and even the smallest of irritations can trigger a surprisingly large amount of pain.
In younger people, dental decay is often the cause of toothache, and this can be exacerbated by a poor oral-health regime. Often, the tooth’s enamel protects the pulp from irritants, such as hot or cold drinks/foods, but if the enamel has a hole or crack in it, irritants (even cold air) can bring about intense pain.
In older individuals, if your gums recede, this can expose your nerves in your tooth next to your gum, causing your teeth to become sensitive and sometimes painful. Visiting your dentist is essential if you get a toothache; however, if you need to wait until your appointment, then a painkiller containing ibuprofen or paracetamol might help. Clove oil also helps when applied directly to the pain source.
Ask a member of your IPSA Pharmacy’s team on how best to deal with pain caused by your toothache while you wait for your dental appointment.
Looking after your teeth and gums well through brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste if you are an adult (and using a suitable toothpaste for your child), flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash on a regular basis is important for good oral health. Change your toothbrush every three months and have regular dental check-ups (normally every twelve months).