On February 9, we celebrate National Toothache Day! Sounds like an oxymoron, right? No one every “celebrates” something that causes such pain, especially when it prevents us from eating! We can, however, celebrate good oral health care and things you can do to prevent a toothache.
The Root of a Toothache
There are a number of reasons your tooth or teeth can cause you pain. Have you ever had sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages after doing a whitening treatment? Or what about soreness after a terrible night’s sleep and clenching your jaw? Not every toothache is the sign of a serious infection. Here are common occurrences you may find discomfort:
- Loose or broken filling
- Pressure from congested sinuses
- Sensitivity to hot/cold
- Grinding teeth or clenching jaw
Typically, these less severe concerns can be remedied quickly. However, there are problems that may need more immediate attention. Such as:
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Tooth knocked out
- Tooth decay
- Abscessed tooth
- Exposed tooth root
- Gum disease
Signs of a Toothache
Often times, pain in your tooth isn’t always the first sign of oral problems. You may experience the following:
- Bad Breath
- Sensitivity to hot/cold
- Pain in your cheeks, ears or jaw
After these symptoms, then you may start feeling the ache in your tooth, trouble chewing, and so on. And there are varying levels of toothaches, you may feel a dull or sharp pain depending on the severity.
When you start feeling the pain, it’s important to investigate your mouth to see where the problem is occurring. If you don’t see something chipped, cracked, broken or bleeding try rising your mouth with warm salt water. Then try flossing. If you have something stuck between your teeth, then this will usually do the trick.
To eliminate the immediate pain, you may consider taking something over the counter like aspirin or Tylenol – please make sure you consult with your doctor if you are taking other medications or you haven’t taking one of these pain suppressants before.
Applying a cold compress to the area in question may also alleviate some of the pressure, swelling and pain. After these quick tips, and you still have pain, you may need to consult your dentist.
When to Consult a Dentist
“If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth lasting for more than 24 hours, please call our office to schedule an appointment,” says Dr. Espinosa. Read more about dental emergencies in our blog article listed below, but know if you are experiencing a fever, swelling, intense pain or bleeding, we need to see you immediately.
Preventing a Toothache
Let’s avoid a toothache altogether by practicing good oral health care. This means, brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. If you play sports, it’s important to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Mouthguards can also help you in your sleep if you have a problem grinding your teeth or clinching your jaw. For the most part, aches and pains in your mouth can be prevented. If you have any questions, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation or second opinion.
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