What is a toothache?
A toothache is a dull pain in your jaw around one or two teeth. Toothaches are often caused by something stuck between the teeth, a cavity, a new tooth growing in, or a crack in the tooth from biting down on something really hard.
How do you treat it?
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss between your teeth to see if food is stuck. If you can't get it out by flossing, go to a dentist.
- Take medicine for the pain.
- Hold an ice pack or ice wrapped in a towel against your cheek for a little while. If your cheek is swollen and sore, try using a pack of frozen peas as an ice pack. It will mould more easily to the shape of your face and be more comfortable.
- If the pain lasts for more than 2 days, see a dentist. You could have a deep cavity or a cracked tooth.