Toothache causes, symptoms and triggers

Causes

Toothache occurs when dental pulp (the middle layer of the tooth, containing sensitive nerves and blood vessels) becomes exposed, irritated or inflamed. This can be caused by a number of factors, including dental decay, a fracture to the tooth, receding gums or certain dental treatments, such as a loose filling.

Symptoms

The primary symptom of toothache is pain in your tooth and mouth, however the pain can occur in many various ways:

  • Sharp, throbbing, or constant pain
  • Tooth pain that only occurs when pressure is applied
  • Swelling and painful gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth (from an infection in a tooth)
  • Fever or headache

Triggers

Cold Drinks or Food

Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, especially if the food or drink is practically cold, such as ice cream or cold water.

Sweet Foods

Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks. Although they taste great, food and drink containing a high sugar content should be monitored and kept as a treat as too much can lead to tooth decay. You should also brush regularly using a toothpaste containing fluoride to minimise damage.

Biting Down

When a tooth is pushed down into the socket, due to an external or un-natural force such as an injury, it can result in toothache.

Other Pressure

Tooth pain may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain occurs only when pressure is applied to the tooth.

Anyone who experiences toothache should seek advice from a dentist.

For more information about toothache please visit the NHS website

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ORAJEL™ DENTAL GEL

Orajel™ Dental Gel delivers rapid relief when and where you need it most. The 10% w/w benzocaine is ideal to reduce pain associated with a broken tooth or in a tooth that may require a filling until you can┬ásee the dentist.

Orajel™ Dental Gel form gives you control over the product during application and goes right to the source of your pain to provide targeted relief.

Orajel™ Dental Gel contains benzocaine, a powerful local anaesthetic that works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along the nerves and relieves pain by numbing the area.

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Adults and children over 12 years.

Directions:

  • Remove cap.
  • Cut off tip of tube.
  • With a clean finger or swab apply an amount of gel the size of a green pea into the tooth cavity.
  • Use up to 4 times daily.
  • Do not use continuously. If toothache persists, consult your dentist.
  • Not for use in children below the age of 12 years.

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ORAJEL™ EXTRA STRENGTH

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Orajel™ Extra Strength gel form gives you control over the product during application and goes right to the source of your pain for effective and targeted relief.

Orajel™ Extra Strength contains 20% w/w benzocaine, a powerful local anaesthetic that works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along the nerves and relieves pain by numbing the area.

Adults and children over 12 years.

Directions:

  • Remove cap.
  • Cut off tip of tube.
  • With a clean finger or swab apply an amount of gel the size of a green pea into the tooth cavity.
  • Use up to 4 times daily.
  • Do not use continuously. If toothache persists, consult your dentist.
  • Not for use in children below the age of 12 years.