Definition and manifestation
Only the lucky ones may not know from personal experience what toothache really is. Most of us have experienced more often than we would like to admit, and the pain, being the main mark of this condition haunts us even through its remembrance. Namely, toothache presents a light, moderate, or quite severe pain in our tooth or gum area. This pain is in most cases triggered by the exposure of the problematic tooth to cold or hot temperatures or sweets. The stabbing pain strikes immediately after the exposure but it often passes right after it. However, in more serious cases of dental decay, the pain is known to be constant and extremely uncomfortable. Many people choose to prolong their visit to the dentist because of the fear from being in pain during the process of healing the sore tooth, paradoxically deciding to endure the terrible pain they are stuck with while suffering from toothache. Although the pain may disappear in time the damage to tooth remains and it is crucial to seek dentist's help as soon as possible.
Serious cases and false alarms
Toothache may be a very serious sign of a complicated and potentially dangerous dental condition in dire need of healing or it may, perhaps, only be a side-effect of another underlying process in our body. For these additional reasons dentist's opinion and tooth x ray scans are extremely helpful.
Namely sometimes when we suffer from mere cold or flu a side-effect of this disease may be toothache even though it has nothing to do with out teeth but more with the sudden decrease of our immunity. Also when our wisdom teeth start growing, the pain is present but not dangerous.
However, sometimes, when we ignore an aching tooth, an abscess may form and in time become full with dangerous pus. This substance may leak from the abscess, causing infections that may even be life threatening. The worst thing is that these occur quite covertly, most often no pain is felt until too late. This condition is solved by surgically removing the abscess or the cyst that might be created and healing the tooth. Plaque, caries, various infections and inflammations only add on to the list of toothache causes.
Although herbs and supplements cannot roll back the decaying process proper nutrition can greatly help.
Intake of vitamin C, A and minerals like calcium daily help you with protecting your teeth. In case of abscesses, vitamin C and zinc intake are crucial, as well as taking specific antibiotics to fight the bacteria.
As far as herbs are concerned, rinsing your teeth daily with lemon balm extract helps greatly. Bennet herb essential oil does wonders if applied on the aching tooth. Horsetail herb regenerates the damaged outer layer of the tooth while numerous herbal teas help cleansing and reducing fever if caused from tooth infections. Finally dandelion juice taken three times a day can remove the formed abscesses and clean your dental cavity.