National Toothache Day is observed on February 9 every year, to increase awareness among people about dental problems, and the importance of good dental health to avert toothache. Toothaches, medically known as odontalgia is categorised by pain generated from either one or multiple teeth that makes it difficult to eat, sleep or at times even talk. This health event is more about imparting education and awareness and helping people learn how to avert toothaches from occurring to how best to treat them. Some of the common causes of toothaches include:

Food particles getting stuck between the gums can cause gum or tooth pain

Dental cavity

Any tooth abscess or infection

Cracked tooth

Infected gums

An accident or fall that affects tooth

Other health problems such as cold or sinusitis

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National Toothache Day, 2022 - February 9


This health day is a great opportunity to promote oral health, share knowledge, and deliver people information and facts in a motivating way. Preventive care is the primary goal when it comes to keeping oral health and avoiding related problems. Tooth pain that is left unattended for a long time can turn into a severe infection, and in rare cases, it spreads to other vital organs. Thus, to safeguard health, it's best to prevent excruciating toothaches in the first place by practising a good dental regimen. Regular tooth brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash are all good habits to get into. Additionally, it is also important to avoid sweet candies and sugary drinks that will increase the risk of dental cavities.

Interesting Facts about Teeth:

Teeth are the only part of the human body that can’t repair and heal by themselves.

About 38 days is the average time spent by an individual in their lifetime brushing their teeth.

Around 3 out of every 4 persons will get at least one cavity by age of 17.

No two people will have the same pattern of teeth, not even identical twins.

The teeth enamel is the strongest part of the body, more than bone.

Smokers are at high risk of periodontal disease than non-smokers.

A good reason to smile, it takes 43 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile. So, keep smiling while not hiding your dazzling teeth!

Importance Of National Toothache Day

This health event reminds the populace to focus on oral health as an essential step in maintaining the teeth healthy and pain-free.

Toothaches make a person be more proactive about visiting dentists and scheduling regular follow-up cleanings.

It also emphasises avoiding simple carbs and sugary foods, as these foods are the main cause of developing oral health problems. Thus, to avert toothache, one must refrain from sugary foods, which eventually enhance overall health.

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Ways To Observe National Toothache Day

Make a sincere effort to brush and floss twice a day. Stock up dental care essentials like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss.

If you suffer from toothache rinse the mouth with warm saltwater and using an icepack on the cheek to the numb region. If pain continues for more than two days, visit a dentist.

Ensure to have regular visits to the dentist to avert all tooth-related issues including toothaches. Fix -up routine dental cleaning twice per year and don’t forget to go even with a busy work schedule.

Identifying signs of tooth problems like swelling, sensitivity to cold foods, stains on a tooth, cracking, jaw popping, dry mouth, or bad breath. These are some of the signs that indicate something is going wrong that needs to be attended to.

Go for nutritious snacks like fresh fruits or salads that are wholesome for the body as well as for the teeth. Moreover, fresh, and crunchy apples, carrots, and cucumber aid to clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath. Fruits and vegetables are storehouses of antioxidants that safeguard gums and other tissues from damage and bacterial infection.