The tooth pain I get after a dental visit is so debilitating I often cannot even begin to tell if it is the dentist’s fault.
The constant pain, accompanied by a constant craving for something to chew on, has left me frustrated and confused.
I have become obsessed with the issue and have even gone as far as writing a blog post on the subject.
But what’s the cure?
And how can I tell if I’m suffering from tooth pain and why?
The tooth pain that I experience after a visit to my dentist is called “melt tooth,” and it can be caused by a variety of things.
Sometimes it is caused by inflammation from dental flossing, or by the tooth itself being too rough for my teeth.
Sometimes, it is due to my body’s own chemistry.
Either way, it feels excruciatingly painful, and it’s not uncommon for people to experience it even if they have no symptoms whatsoever.
“The best way to help a patient with tooth pain is to treat it,” says Dr. Chris Jones, a dentist at Stony Brook University in New York City.
“If you are having pain and want to do something about it, then take the appropriate steps and get the appropriate treatment.”
A common remedy for tooth pain, however, is a toothbrush.
The dental hygienist might suggest a tooth brush with a softer bristles that could help relieve pain, but the toothbrush itself might not do the trick.
“If you take a toothbrushes and start brushing them, and you’re not seeing results, and the pain doesn’t go away, then it might be time to consider getting a toothpaste and some other oral health products,” Jones says.
“There are some things you can do, like taking a soft toothbrush and brushing it, and then using a tooth paste, but it’s very difficult to do.”
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And when should I take it?