World Toothache Day

Dental care or tooth care is the most neglected of all health problems. Those nasty toothaches can be most annoying and painful. Toothache Day is celebrated on 9th February and is a great opportunity to promote good oral health, learn about preventing toothaches and know how best to make them go away. Why you should not neglect your teeth?

Careless approach to dental care can cause gum disease and cavities. The bacteria or inflammatory chemicals in the gums can also cause diabetes, heart disease and cancer by entering the bloodstream.

Make sure you give your best to maintain your oral health and keep yourself away from toothaches.

The most common causes of toothache are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth fracture
  • A damaged filling
  • Repetitive motions, such as chewing gum or grinding teeth
  • Infected gums

Maintaining Oral health is very important for the overall health and well being. People often give less importance to this fact. Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities (WHO Factsheet 2012). Globally 30% of people aged 65- 74 have no natural teeth. PNG also faces many dental issues, the most common ones are periodontal (gum) disease and dental caries; one more area of concern in PNG is the habit of chewing buai that is associated with many dental and oral conditions.

Your Teeth and Chewing Tobacco OR Buai Risks

  • Stained Teeth & Bad Breath: Chewing tobacco can stain your teeth and tongue, and give you foul breath.
  • Increased Tooth Decay: The sugar and other agents in tobacco damage your tooth enamel and contribute to cavities.
  • Gum Recession: Chewing tobacco causes permanent damage to your gums and the surrounding bone. Damaged gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, causing sensitivity and additional exposure to tooth decay.  It can even result in permanent tooth loss.
  • Oral Cancer:With its 28-cancer causing agents, chewing tobacco exposes gums, cheeks, lips and throat to  constant unhealthy juices. This can result in cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus.

Periodontal diseases

Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria found in dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth. The disease can cause symptoms like toothache, bleeding gums etc.  You can prevent periodontal disease by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly.

Periodontal disease is linked to many other diseases in the body

  • Gum disease may increase the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease.
  • A woman who has gum disease during pregnancy may be more likely to deliver premature baby or with low birth weight.
  • Diabetic patients with periodontal disease may have more trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetic patients with healthy gums.
  • Bacteria involved in gum disease may cause lung infections or worsen existing lung conditions.

Dental Caries

Caries or cavity in teeth is caused by bacteria, which leads to holes in the tooth. The symptom is usually toothache. If the condition is not checked it may lead to dental abscess. Caries are commonly found in children and young adults.

Everyday Habits That can Damage Your Teeth


Sugar is the No. 1 enemy of your teeth; the longer it stays in your mouth, the worse it is. Acid-producing bacteria grow in your mouth that thrives on the sugar you eat. The acids damage tooth enamel. Avoid foods that stick in your teeth like candies and chocolates.


Soda is just as bad for teeth, sugar-free or not. Soda is harmful because of its acidity, and so are juices with added sugar.

Alcohol, even just a glass of wine, is also acidic and can erode the teeth. Rinse your mouth with water between drinks.

Say YES to good oral health and NO to toothache

With little efforts you can maintaining good oral health and avoid painful trips to the dentist.

  • Brush your teeth twice in a day and floss once a day to remove the plaque, to avoid teeth damage, and gum diseases.
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride as this helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. Ask your dentist to recommend you the best one.
  • Sugar helps plaque grow. Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar.
  • Avoid using tobacco products and chewing buai.
  • Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or a soft-bristle toothbrush. Cleaning tongue is particularly important for people who smoke or chew buai.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
  • More importantly visit a dentist for periodic dental checks.

PIH your dental care partner

With commitment to provide quality and excellent patient service, we believe in providing outstanding quality dental services with the help of our dental experts, our finest technology & equipment

PIH provides full range of dental care services for adults and children from general dentistry to advanced dental specialties.

On this World Toothache day, PIH offers exclusive dental services to keep you going with the smile on your face.

  • Regular general check up
  • Scaling
  • Cleaning & Polishing
  • Filling
  • Root Canal

Make the most out of this day, visit PIH