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
Toothache has a number of causes. A broken tooth can become very painful if infected. Untreated cavities can also cause pain, as can exposure to heat and cold. Certain conditions like periodontitis or gum disease can also cause significant discomfort and pain.
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. If you are experiencing tooth pain, 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.
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Finally, regular dental care will allow you to stay on top of minor issues and address them before they become severe.
CallOnDoc: Your Solution for Dental Pain
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