• Tooth ache is primarily caused by tooth decay
  • Bacteria flourishes on sugar/starch in food particles inside mouth
  • A sticky plaque is then formed on teeth surface
  • The bacteria in the plaque produces acid
  • This acid erodes the enamel or hard covering of the teeth
  • This creates a cavity
  • The first sign of tooth decay is tooth ache
  • This occurs on eating something very cold/very hot/sweet
  • Tooth ache can also be caused by injury/trauma
  • Tooth ache can occur in children and adults

Symptoms Pain in the tooth radiates to jaw, cheek, ear
  • Pain while chewing
  • Increased sensitivity to hot/cold things
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Discharge/Bleeding from tooth or gums


  • Use a floss to remove any particle lodged between teeth
  • Learn flossing from a dentist
  • Take a pain relieving tablet
  • Apply benzocaine containing antiseptic
  • Applying clove oil also might help
  • Do not place aspirin directly against the gums
  • This might lead to burning of gum tissue

Consult a Doctor If
  • Tooth ache persists
  • Fever occurs with the ache
  • Difficulty in breathing occurs
  • Difficulty in swallowing occurs


  • Brush teeth after every meal
  • Floss regularly
  • Visit your dentist twice a year
  • Wear a mouth gear while playing
  • Avoid smoking as it worsens dental conditions
  • Eat a balanced meal with reduced starch/sugar content

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