I have a Toothache… What Now?

You notice a pain in your tooth, especially when you eat something sweet, very cold or very hot. Do you wonder what is happening? You might have a toothache.

Even though tooth decay is often the primary reason behind a toothache, it’s important to visit your dentist and have a complete oral examination to determine the cause.

Some of the causes of a toothache include:

  • Infection
  • Gum disease
  • Grinding teeth (bruxism)
  • Tooth trauma
  • An abnormal bite

If the pulp (the inside of the tooth which includes the nerves and tissues) has become irritated, this can cause a toothache.

If you are experiencing this pain and are unable to schedule an emergency appointment with us, there are some things you can do until you are able to see your dentist:

  • Rinse with warm salt water
  • Gently floss to remove trapped particles between teeth
  • Take an ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve pain
  • Apply an antiseptic containing benzocaine directly to the irritated tooth and gum to temporarily relieve pain. This can be found at your local drug store.

Good oral hygiene can help you prevent a toothache. Be sure to contact Dr. Brogdon to schedule your regular dental exams and brush and floss daily. Don’t live with the pain, call us today.

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Pass the Wine

You’ve read that red wine can help your heart but what about your teeth?  A new study suggests it could also have potential in preventing cavities.

According to huffingtonpost.com:

A recent study published in the  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, showed that red wine was able to get rid of dental disease-causing bacteria in a lab setting.

Spanish researchers used a young Pinot Noir for the study, as well as a de-alcoholized version of the wine, which is a type of the wine that had grape seed extract added to it, and a solution of water with 12 percent ethanol (the positive control). Researchers also gathered saliva samples from five volunteers in order to grow biofilms with dental disease-causing bacteria.

The researchers dipped the biofilms into the different liquids to see their effects on the bacteria. They found that the red wine (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as wine spiked with grape seed extract, effectively got rid of the bacteria.

They noted that ethanol — which is in wine — is known to be antimicrobial, but that even the non-alcoholic wine had effects in reducing bacteria.

“Since treatments of the biofilm with both wine and dealcoholized wine inhibited F. nucleatum growth, it was likely that other wine components — apart from ethanol — had antimicrobial properties against this bacteria species,” the study said.

Looking for foods to help? Try eating food that help reduce cavity causing bacteria,  particularly ones that stimulate saliva production, which can neutralize acid. Good picks include, cheese, celery and pears.  You might even want to pair these foods with your glass of red wine for optimal prevention.

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