When the decay reaches the center of the tooth (the pulp), the resulting inflammation (pulpitis) produces a toothache.
A toothache is any pain or soreness within or around a tooth, indicating inflammation and possible infection.
Toothache Tree (Zanthoxylum) - A large family of trees and shrubs, in the main too tender for this country, the few hardy kinds coming mostly from China and Japan, with one of minor interest from N.
When a toothache is left untreated, a severe infection may develop and spread to the sinuses or jawbone, and eventually cause blood poisoning.
If there is fever, swelling, intense pain, or bleeding in addition to the toothache the dentist should be seen right away.
However, a dog's breath can move to the beginning of bad breath, to the sour breath of a toothache or gum disease.
The dentist begins by asking the patient specific questions about the toothache, including the types of foods that make the pain worse, whether the tooth is sensitive to temperature or biting, and whether the pain is worse at night.
The uses of chloroform which fall to be mentioned here are: - as a counter-irritant; as a local anaesthetic for toothache due to caries, it being applied on a cotton wool plug which is inserted into the carious cavity; as an antispasmodic in tetanus and hydrophobia; and as the best and most immediate and effective antidote in cases of strychnine poisoning.
For example, a mercurial pill at night, followed by salts and senna in the morning, will often relieve the pain in toothache or gum-boil, and lessen inflammation not only in the mouth, but other parts of the body as well.
The same may be said of the lineal descendant of savage medicine - the magical leech-craft of European folk-lore; cures for toothache, warts, &c., act in spite of the disbelief of the sufferer; how far incredulity on the part of the healer would result in failure is an open question.