What a Toothache Can Teach Us About Fitness
A toothache is a painful condition caused by bacteria growing inside your mouth. When you have a cavity filled with bacteria, it causes inflammation in the tissues around it. The result is pain that may not go away even if you rinse out your mouth several times or take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil). A toothache usually occurs within 2 weeks of contact with water.
If left untreated, it will eventually cause permanent damage to your teeth.
The best way to prevent a toothache from happening is to avoid getting into the water where bacteria are likely to grow. To do so, you need to stay hydrated and eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. You also need regular dental checkups.
If you already have a cavity filled with bacteria, then there’s nothing you can do except wait until it heals up completely before trying to brush again. However, if you don’t get enough sleep or drink too much alcohol, then your tooth may heal without fully healing. And since most cavities never fully heal, they’re still causing problems long after the initial infection has died down.
What to Do If You Already Have a Toothache
The first thing you need to do is visit your dentist. You need a professional opinion on what you should do next whether for rinsing out the mouth or for undergoing a procedure for your toothache. No matter what treatment you choose, you need to make sure that you maintain a proper diet and exercise regularly.
How to Prevent Having a Toothache
The best way to prevent having a toothache is to maintain a proper diet and exercise. The bacteria that live in your mouth eat the food that you consume. They produce additional waste products that cause toxins to build up both outside and inside the soft tissues of your mouth. If enough toxins are built up, it can cause an array of problems such as excessive plaque, bleeding gums, and other dental issues.
The best way to prevent these problems is to eat a proper diet and exercise. By doing so, you are increasing the flow of blood to your teeth and gums which helps fight off the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. You also help fight off any bacteria that may have already infected the area by increasing the rate that your immune system sends out white blood cells to kill them off.
In addition to eating a proper diet and exercising, you also need to maintain good overall health. This means getting enough sleep each night, drinking enough water, and reducing your stress levels whenever possible. All of these factors can play a role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease from occurring.
A toothache is a very serious condition that will require immediate treatment if you ever experience it. If you find yourself in this position, then you need to visit your dentist right away. You may also want to consider taking preventative measures if you have a history of having toothaches in the past.
How to Get Rid of a Toothache Once and For All
While there is no way to get rid of a toothache completely, there are ways to make one feel better once it occurs. The first thing you should do is to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Once there, he or she will be able to give you medication to help stop or reduce the pain. If the toothache occurs because of an infection, then antibiotics are usually prescribed.
Your dentist may also take a small x-ray of the infected area to determine the extent of damage and what treatment options are available for you. If the pain is caused by a cracked or fractured tooth, then your dentist may recommend that you have it pulled since the nerve has probably died due to trauma.
Once you leave the dentist’s office, make sure that you follow all of their recommendations for aftercare. They most likely will tell you not to eat on that side of your mouth or to apply cold packs on the outside of your face. They may also tell you to take the antibiotics that they prescribed on an empty stomach. Whatever they tell you to do, be sure to do it since you don’t want the infection to get worse and wind up having surgery to have the tooth removed.
Preventing toothaches is really quite simple. The key is to practice excellent dental hygiene. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day as well as flossing regularly. Make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every three months or so since this is how often they need to be changed.
In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also try to eat a healthy diet and practice good nutrition. This will not only help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but it will help prevent you from gaining weight as well.
If you have a tooth that has already been infected with bacteria, then you can take certain steps to try to get rid of the pain. One very effective way is to use something called clove oil. Clove oil numbs the area and helps to kill off the bacteria as well. You can find clove oil at most grocery or drug stores.
Apply a small amount of the oil directly to the infected area with a Q-Tip or sterile swab.
If clove oil isn’t available, then you can substitute it with a numbing agent like that which is used for getting dental work done. If you have no access to either of these items, then chew on a couple of strong mints or suck on a hard candy to help numb the pain as well. It won’t be quite as effective, but it will help dull the ache a bit.
Toothaches can be extremely painful and can even cause you to become stressed out as well. If you find that the pain is keeping you up at night, then try to keep yourself busy by watching TV or engaging in another hobby. If the pain persists or you feel as if the infection is getting worse, then by all means, seek medical help right away.
Suffering through a toothache can lead to major problems later on if it isn’t treated properly.
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