If you are a victim of toothache, then you are not new to the pain and suffering caused by tooth-related diseases and conditions. Besides being painful, a toothache can make eating food a difficult experience. Most people also talk of sleepless nights when they are suffering from toothaches. If you want to deal with your problem, it is better you understand the cause of the toothache first. A toothache can be caused by many things, including tooth abscess. A tooth abscess is an infection that forms in the center of the tooth and extends up to the root region; the pain can be unbearable once the infection gets to the roots.
How Do You Know That the Pain Is Coming From the Abscess?
The abscess reveals itself in the form of swollen pus -- a thick, yellowish fluid. So slowly move your tongue inside your mouth and feel the area where the pain is coming from. If you come across a pea-sized bump, then you definitely have an abscess and it is the reason behind your pain. You might also notice a different taste in your mouth when you are suffering from an abscess. Sometimes, a hollow tunnel (fistula) is formed in the gums to let out the pus if the abscess is severe. So if you are getting a strange taste in your mouth, note that it is the taste of pus draining through the fistula.
How Do You Ease the Pain?
You can only slow down the pain at least until you get to a dentist for proper treatment. Salt water is one simple remedy you can try to ease the pain. Mix ½ teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Gargle the resultant solution for one minute and repeat the procedure several times in a day or when the pain starts to set in. Salt water relieves pressure by drawing the pus out.
Another simple remedy is oil pulling. Place a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish the oil vigorously. The oil will pull bacteria, fungus and other masterminds of the infection. Spit the oil out after swishing for a few minutes, say two minutes.
Remember that you require further diagnosis and proper care from a dentist if you are to completely get rid of the abscess. A professional treatment will not only ease the pain but it will also clean the infected region and get rid of the infection. Furthermore, you risk suffering from further complications such as brain abscess if you fail to seek professional assistance. This is because a tooth abscess is quite capable of spreading to other body organs if left unattended to.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!