Toothaches: Care and Causes
May 30, 2017
Toothaches are uncomfortable. They can stop you from being able to concentrate, complete daily tasks, or eat and drink normally. But what causes toothaches, and what can you do about it? If you have a toothache, first rinse the mouth out with warm water. Then, gently use an interdental cleaner, such as dental floss, to remove any food particles stuck between the teeth. If the pain persists, talk to your dentist. DO NOT apply aspirin to the painful area, as that may burn the gum tissue and cause problems. Toothaches typically indicate a cavity, also called tooth decay. A cavity is the deterioration of the enamel, or hard outer layer of your tooth. In more rare but serious cases, a toothache could indicate an abscessed or impacted tooth. Contact your dentist immediately to diagnose these problems. Cavities occur when the enamel of the tooth—the hard, protective casing surrounding the softer inner tissue–breaks down. This can be a problem for any age–child, teen, or adult. Cavities are more common in children, but changes in the mouth allow it to occur in adults as well. If a child is experiencing a toothache, check inside the mouth to make sure it is not the normal teething process, as some discomfort is to be expected. If the pain persists, call your dentist. The best way to help a toothache is to prevent it in the first place. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day, and scheduling regular dentist appointments can help prevent cavities and other dental emergencies. The faster your dentist can diagnose the issue, the more likely the tooth can be saved. So if you have a toothache, call Toms River Smiles Dental at 732-244-1163 immediately!