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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