Toothaches can be painful! Toothaches can be caused by a number of issues, including a cavity, gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, a damaged tooth, or an infection, although sometimes there are other causes. The pain from a toothache can range from a minor annoyance to severe pain that radiates throughout the entire head. It can interfere with chewing and eating, and can keep one awake all night. Needless to say, it can certainly have a negative effect on your life!
Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause. Damage to the teeth, cavities, and gum disease are issues that should be treated by a dentist. For non-specific toothaches, a number of treatment options are available, and avoiding cold and hot food and drinks (which can make the pain worse) is recommended.
However, acupuncture is used successfully to treat toothaches and it is also effective in reducing post-operative tooth pain. It is a wonderful complementary therapy to traditional dental treatment. Acupuncture therapy is very effective in pain management and therefore, very effective in alleviating a toothache. Treatment is directed toward soothing the circulation and detoxifying the meridians near the affected area. Acupuncture point sites are on the skin surface right on the cheek at the site of the pain, as well as a few nearby meridian pathway point sites to help clear away the “blockages”. We help the lymphatic system drain as well. the immune system is given a boost to promote healing, and best of all…the treatment is gentle and painless. What a relief!
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