How can I relieve a toothache?

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Jane Gleeson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

What causes a toothache? Toothache is pain associated with the teeth, and it is most commonly caused by decay. Other causes of painful teeth include cracks or fractures of the teeth, infected gums, a habit of clenching or grinding (usually during sleep) and increased dental sensitivity. Toothache is a common reason for emergency dental treatment Read more...

Common signs and symptoms of a toothache and what causes it

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Dr Alex (Yingzhi) Xu

General Dental Care
BDS (Otago)

Symptoms of toothache can vary between individuals but some of the common signs that are reported include: throbbing or sharp tooth pain that is either constant or intermittent pain when pressure is applied to the tooth lingering sensitivity to hot or cold swelling in the gums. There are many causes of toothache, and one common Read more...

What can I do to relieve a toothache?

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Kate Milburn

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

Experiencing a toothache and don’t know what to do next? You’re not alone. There are many reasons as to why a toothache may occur such as sensitivity, grinding/clenching habits, loose teeth, abscesses, decay, gum disease or impacted wisdom teeth. Although there are a lot of old wives tails and natural remedies easily found online these Read more...

I have a toothache. Should I see my GP for antibiotics?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Earlier this month the National Prescribing Service (NPS) launched Antibiotics Awareness Week, a global initiative to help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the responsible use of antibiotics. As part of the initiative, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) called on health professionals and patients to take the pledge to exercise care in the prescription Read more...

Can a dental abscess affect your general health?

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Dr Carina Hallier

General Dentist Care
BDS (Cardiff), MJDF, RCS (Lond),
PGDipCD (Melbourne)

The short answer is Yes. This is because, although the manifestation is localised, the implications of dental abscess for general health can range from significant to serious. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. The main symptom of dental abscess Read more...