Why do we have a toothache?

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According to a recent study, 38% of French people believe they have poor oral health. The proportion of people who are likely to have a toothache is even higher. However, in the United States 47% of Americans suffer from oral diseases. Toothache is simply one of the most common diseases. Why do we have toothache? What causes it? Here are the answers in five points. 

Tooth decay has formed in your oral cavity

Caries is one of the most common causes of a toothache problem. It is a dental infection caused by bacteria in the tartar. These bacteria produce an acidity in the mouth. This will attack the enamel, form a cavity and cause the sensation of toothache.

If left untreated, the decay will spread to the dentin. This will intensify the pain, which can be relieved with cloves. The damaged tissue must then be removed and the cavity filled. In some cases, the decayed tooth may need to be devitalized in order to limit tooth sensitivity to cold and heat.


You have gingivitis

Like caries, gingivitis is mainly caused by bacteria in dental plaque. This gum disease develops very slowly. It manifests itself through the following symptoms:

  • Swelling, redness and pain in the gums
  • Painful bleeding
  • Regular or permanent bad breath


It is important to treat this periodontal disease. Aggravations can lead to tooth loss due to periodontitis. Periodontitis or tooth loosening is a disease of bacterial origin resulting in the destruction of the supporting bone of the teeth. As far as gingivitis is concerned, it is quite simple to treat. In most cases, scaling is sufficient to restore good oral hygiene. You cannot perform a scaling at home. That is why you need to have it done at your dentist.


Before resorting to scaling, you can use a Y-Brush electric toothbrush to remove your plaque. Indeed, it includes several modes of sonic vibrations including the intensive cycle which allows a good efficiency of brushing. It removes 15% more plaque than a traditional toothbrush. 


A dental abscess on the painful tooth


A dental abscess can be gingival or periapical. In the first case, a bacterial infection affects the gum. A periapical abscess is caused by nerve necrosis in the root of the diseased tooth.

This infectious disease is manifested by the presence of yellow pus which flows from the gum. The gum is swollen and painful in the area of the diseased tooth. In some cases, the tooth appears to be higher than the others and hurts at the slightest contact with the opposite jaw when chewing.


Pulpitis: the cause of toothache


Defined as the inflammation of the pulp, pulpitis directly affects the dental nerve. It produces an increase in pressure in the pulp, causing severe tooth pain, which is similar to toothache.

Pulpitis is usually a complication of an untreated cavity. The bacteria protrude beyond the dentin and reach the dental pulp and the nerves. Painkillers are not enough to treat it, as it is often irreversible. Removal of the pulp through endodontic treatment or extraction of the diseased tooth is the best care and remedy for this dental disorder.


Always have good dental hygiene 


The causes of toothache are varied. However, they all stem from poor oral hygiene. If you want to avoid toothache, it is advisable to take care of your teeth. This is one of the most effective remedies for toothache. This involves :


    • Brushing your teeth properly three times a day
    • Using a toothbrush and a suitable toothpaste
    • Regulating the consumption of sugary foods, alcohol and tobacco
    • Visit the dentist at least once every twelve months.


    You can use the Y-Brush toothbrush for good oral hygiene. Indeed, it is a toothbrush that brushes all the teeth and their faces at the same time. It allows a brushing of the teeth which allows to avoid the formation of tartar or dental plaque. These are two factors that cause oral diseases or oral inflammations. You can also use an organic mint toothpaste enriched with fluoride, with 20% of the total ingredients coming from organic farming. It will therefore not contain any products that are harmful to your teeth.

    We hope that this guide has helped you to understand the cause of your toothache and, above all, to solve this problem which is quite disabling in everyday life.

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