Watch What You Eat and Drink

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Watch What You Eat and Drink
Possible Causes of a Toothache

Tooth killing you? The list of possibilities includes cavities, abscessed teeth, fractures, damaged fillings, teeth grinding, infected gums or sinus infections [sources: Carr; WebMD].

Prevention may be all well and good before your toothache, but what happens after the pain is already present? Well, it may not be possible to go back in time to that fateful moment you chomped the wrong way on a popcorn kernel, but you can prevent further agony by staying away from certain foods and beverages.

For starters, try to avoid chewing anything in the area of your mouth where you have pain or tooth damage. And while some people may find that ice helps numb the pain of a toothache, experts recommend you avoid very cold or hot foods and beverages. If your teeth are sensitive, extreme temperatures can increase your pain. So, until your toothache improves, you should rule out hot chocolates and iced mochas. It's also best to steer clear of chewing ice, hard candy and popcorn. If you don't, you may end up with a broken tooth -- a problem that can cause you even more tooth pain.

Watching what you put in your mouth makes sense. However, it may be a little harder to understand how the remedy on the next page helps toothaches. Many, though, have found it effective. Keep reading to learn more.

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