Some strange historical facts and good advice for National Toothache Day 2018

9th February 2018 | Posted by: Louise Burgess

Today, Friday 9th February, is National Toothache Day.

“National Toothache Day is certainly not anything to smile about as toothache usually makes those who suffer from it very miserable. A toothache can make it difficult for someone to eat, drink, sleep and even talk.”  Michaela ONeill, President of the BSDHT.

The purpose of this special day is to raise awareness of the need for good oral hygiene to prevent toothache.

The good news is that it’s easier to treat toothache now than it was in the past.

These days we can make an emergency appointment with our dentist, and modern medicine will soon make the pain just a bad memory. But it hasn’t always been like that. The Museum of Healthcare outlines some creative treatments that may, or may not, have been effective.

National Toothache Day 2018 - toothkey from the Museum of Healthcare

A toothkey used for extractions – The Museum of Healthcare

You may want to skip this list if you’re a bit squeamish.

We recommend you don’t try these treatments at home!

Up-to-date advice to prevent toothache, from the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy:

“By following these six simple tips you can help to prevent any serious problems developing in the future:

Our advice:

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