National Toothache Day 2018 – February 9

Toothaches are no fun and can pop up anytime. Left untreated, they can keep you up at night and prevent you from eating, traveling, or talking. However, everyone can take steps to prevent toothaches and ensure healthy teeth by regularly visiting the dentist and avoiding sugary foods. During National Toothache Day on February 9, check out our important tips that will help you prevent the painful and inconvenient experience of a toothache.

National Toothache Day - History

2000s
Toothache Day was first celebrated

Although Toothache Day is widely celebrated now, no one seems to know who created it.

1830s
The tooth key was used to remove painful teeth

It was a painful but effective method to remove teeth when necessary. Fortunately, we've come a long way.

1498
The first bristled toothbrush was invented

People in China first cleaned their teeth with bristled brushes made out of bamboo or bone.

How to Observe National Toothache Day

1. Make a promise to brush and floss
Refocus your efforts on your oral health and vow to brush and floss twice a day. Set yourself up for success by stocking up on toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss.

2. Learn how to care for a toothache
Start by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater and putting an icepack on your cheek to numb the area. If pain persists for more than two days, see a dentist.

3. Schedule regular dental appointments
Along with brushing and flossing daily, regular visits to your dentist can help prevent all tooth problems, including toothaches. Schedule cleanings twice per year and make sure to go, even with a busy schedule.

4 Ancient Remedies To Cure Toothaches At Home

1. Thyme

Apply oil with fresh or dried thyme to help the blood flow and relieve pain.

2. Sage

Swish around some tea made with sage and honey, or apply apply a bag of sage to the outside of the cheek.

3. Cloves

Clove oil has antibacterial properties that can relieve the symptoms.

4. Garlic

Although unpleasant, garlic paste can be applied to provide pain and swelling relief.

Why National Toothache Day is Important

A. It reminds us about oral health
Do you brush and floss two times per day? Taking time to think about and prioritize your oral health is an important step in keeping your teeth healthy and pain-free.

B. Toothaches encourage us to go for cleanings
After having one, you'll never want to have another again. While no fun, toothaches can help us be more proactive about visiting our dentists and scheduling regular cleanings.

C. Toothaches remind us to avoid sugar
Sugary foods can be a big reason people develop toothaches and other oral health problems. If you're trying to prevent a toothache, you'll likely avoid sugary foods which, in turn, may improve your overall health.

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