Hello doc, I have been suffering from a toothache for 3 days, my tooth has a cavity. How do I treat the dock?
Originally posted 2020-04-14 09:53:48.
Hello RW Gaming,
Thank you for the question.
Cavities are common dental complaints. Cavities are usually caused by many factors, such as the buildup of bacteria in the mouth, a history of consuming sweet foods / drinks, and poor hygiene of teeth. This can cause plaque buildup in the teeth, and the number of bacteria in the teeth will change the plaque to become acidic, and the acid will erode the layers in the teeth to form holes.
These cavities can cause nerves in the teeth to be exposed to the external environment, and can cause infections in the structures around the teeth, causing symptoms such as tooth pain, and pus when there is infection. Dentists will usually handle cavities depending on the condition of the tooth and the surrounding structure, for example with dental fillings, dental brackets, dental root canal treatment, or tooth extraction. But with the outbreak of the covid-19 outbreak, visits to the dentist should be avoided unless there are signs of an emergency such as unbearable pain, swollen gums that have the potential to interfere with the airway, and uncontrolled bleeding.
Here are things you can do to reduce symptoms while at home:
Gargle warm water with salt or can with mouthwash.
Compress the painful part of the tooth with a cold compress.
Take pain relievers such as paracetamol to reduce pain.
Brush your teeth twice a day, morning after breakfast and at night before going to bed. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride and avoid excessive brushing.
Reduce foods that contain high sugar and acid.
Hopefully this information helps and hopefully get well soon.