How to Target Your Dental Pain

Published on Feb 10, 2023 | 11:13 AM

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February 9th is National Toothache Day in the U.S., a day for remembering the importance of our oral health. How did this designated day come to be, and how many ways are there to deal with dental pain? Today’s post contains the answers.

The History of Toothache Day

Who designated this day as being important to oral health? The answer is unclear. 

Legend has it that St. Apollonia was severely beaten during a Christian uprising and lost all her teeth. As a result, she became the patroness of dentists and is remembered by the Roman Church on February 9th.

Another possibility is that February 9th was selected because the Hershey’s candy company was founded on that day. These creators of cavity-causing candy were, as a result, a good candidate for this national day of oral health observance.

Common Causes of Toothache

Experiencing a toothache can be a distressing ordeal, and understanding the diverse causes behind dental pain is crucial for effective management. Here's a breakdown of the factors that can contribute to toothaches:

  • Tooth Infection: As referenced in Call-On-Doc's "The CallonDoc Guide to Dental Infections," fractured or chipped teeth can expose pulp, causing bacterial infection and resulting in throbbing pain, sensitivity to temperature changes, and swelling.
  • Untreated Cavities: Decay progression in cavities exposes nerve endings, leading to sharp or persistent pain and heightened sensitivity to heat and cold.
  • Temperature Sensitivity: Dental cavities often manifest as heightened sensitivity to heat and cold, indicating erosion of tooth structure and nerve involvement.
  • Periodontitis and Gum Disease: Conditions like periodontitis contribute to dental discomfort, presenting as pain, tenderness, and potential tooth mobility.

How to Relieve Dental Pain

The importance of dental health to overall health is absolutely critical. Maintaining good oral hygiene will keep tooth decay and disease at bay. Try to brush and/or floss after every meal if possible. If you can’t do this, rinse your mouth well with warm water to clear debris and keep plaque at bay until you get home.

There are several home remedies for treating a toothache. One includes a cold compress over the affected area can reduce swelling. Another way to address toothache is to apply clove oil to a cotton ball and place it on the affected tooth. This is a powerful and natural pain reliever, antibacterial, and antiviral. 

Dissolve pink Himalayan salt in warm water and rinse if you are experiencing pain from canker sores or abscesses. If your teeth are sensitive to heat and cold, avoid exposing them to these extreme temperatures and use a sensitivity toothpaste containing calcium carbonate to restore the protective barrier.

If your pain doesn't go away or worsens after a few days, get temporary pain relief with Call-On-Doc while waiting to see your dentist.

Finally, regular dental care will allow you to stay on top of minor issues and address them before they become severe.

Call-On-Doc: Your Solution for Dental Pain

Dental pain can strike at any time. For example, you may be traveling and may not have access to a dentist. Or, severe dental pain may be preventing you from sleep or activities but your dentist is unavailable after hours or doesn't have any upcoming appointments.

Whatever the case, Call-On-Doc is the leading telehealth provider in the United States for dental pain. Our solution allows you to reach a board-certified medical professional from wherever you are. Simply complete and complete and submit your consultation online. 

If you need help with dental pain right away, just visit our Urgent Care section, and choose "dental infection." You can get relief prescribed by a medical provider and pick-up your medication at your local pharmacy in 1-2 hours.

Proper dental hygiene is the best way to avoid problems, but, many times, dental pain can occur without warning. Thanks to Call-On-Doc, you don’t have to suffer; just submit a consultation form to get started.

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Wayne C. Hahne,

English graduate and Call-On-Doc’s medical resource guide, Wayne C. Hahne is an experienced and passionate medical education content expert. Through diligent research, provider interviews and utilizing the industry's leading resources for wellness information, it is Mr. Hahne’s personal mission to educate the general public on medical conditions with in-depth and easy-to-understand written guides.

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