Also known as odontalgia, a toothache is pain generating from a tooth or multiple teeth. National Toothache Day is observed annually on February 9.
A toothache can make us miserable, making it difficult to eat, sleep or sometimes even talk. It’s safe to say, toothaches are never pleasant and not really something to celebrate.
We can, however, be aware of how to prevent toothaches.
Routine dental care is an important first step. Avoiding sugary foods and acidic drinks and daily brushing and flossing are important, too. Even so, we can still develop cavities, have accidents that break or chip at tooth or find ourselves with an infection. Teeth can also become sensitive to heat or cold.
Some toothaches are so severe as to require emergency intervention, so treating the early signs of a mild toothache is important.