About Dental Pain
What is dental pain?
Dental pain is the pain that you experience in one or more teeth and sometimes in the gums.1 It is most frequently caused by an irritation of the nerves within the roots of your teeth due to dental caries (cavities), infections of your dental pulp or fractures of the crown and root of the tooth.5
Dental pain can be caused by many different reasons such as:
- Broken teeth
- Infected tooth pulp
- Bacteria infections
- Other common causes of tooth pain include gum and bone infections or inflammation from wisdom teeth.6
What can I do to prevent dental pain?
Dental pain is a symptom that something is wrong and should be checked by a dentist. The only way to stop the pain permanently is to have the problem corrected. In addition to pain relief (using Buplex) the following can also prevent dental pain:
- Try to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. The bacteria in your mouth convert sugars into acid, which softens tooth structure and starts the process of dissolving the enamel and dentin of your tooth. 7
- Brushing your teeth two or three times a day to remove food particles can help prevent dental plaque from attaching your teeth.8
- Use of fluoride toothpaste is recommended to harden the surface of the tooth and to helps fight against cavity formation.9
- 1 British Medical Association, A-Z Family Medical Encyclopedia
- 5 Pau AK. Croucher R. Marcenes W. Prevalence estimates and associated factors for dental pain: a review. Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry. 1(3):209-20, 2003.
- 6 Dogan N. Orhan K. Gunaydin Y. Koymen R. Okcu K. Ucok O. Unerupted mandibular third molars: symptoms, associated pathologies, and indications for removal in a Turkish population. [Journal Article] Quintessence International. 38(8):e497-505, 2007 Sep.
- 7 Kleinberg, I. “A mixed-bacteria ecological approach to understanding the role of the oral bacteria in dental caries causation: an alternative to Streptococcus mutans and the specific-plaque hypothesis.” Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicin
- 8 Karjalainen S. Eating patterns, diet and dental caries. Dental Update. 34(5):295-8, 300, 2007 Jun
- 9 Heijnsbroek M. Paraskevas S. Van der Weijden GA. Fluoride interventions for root caries: a review. Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry. 5(2):145-52, 2007