Saturday, November 29, 2014

UK Health Radio – Medical News Update - Gracie on Toothache

UK Health Radio – Medical News Update


Toothache is pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is most often caused by tooth decay. The pain starts quickly and can be mild to really painful, which is often worse at night. The area of your jaw near to the infected tooth may also be sore and hurt when it is touched.

Toothache can come and go or can be there all the time. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, espeacily when the food or drink is hot or cold.

If you have toothache for longer than 1or 2 days, you should visit your dentist straight away to get it treated. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get.

Toothache happens when a layer of the tooth , called dental pulp , gets puffed up.

The type of treatment you have for toothache depends on the cause of the pain, so your dentist will look in your mouth and may carry out an x-ray to try to find the problem.

To avoid toothache you should: brush your teeth 2 times a day, cut down on sugary food and drinks and don’t smoke.

Visit your dentist once a year for a check-up. Children should have a dental check-up every 6 months so that tooth decay can be spotted and treated early.

Gracie Timms
UK Health Radio – Medical News Update
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