A Toothache, Don’t Ignore!

A toothache can be an agonizing pain that just won’t go away. Toothaches can cause disruption throughout your day and especially your night. Dentistry at Rea Village wants our patients to know the importance of treating a toothache immediately.

As most people know the most likely cause of a toothache is a cavity, but other issues could be in play:

• An abscessed tooth (Infection of the gums or at the root of the tooth)
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Fillings that are damaged or missing
• Grinding or aggressive chewing

A stabbing pain is most likely the result of a cavity or a cracked tooth; a throbbing pain could indicate an infection that should be treated as soon as possible. It’s important to understand the severity of a dental infection. A dental infection should be treated promptly as the infection could spread throughout the body. Thousands of people die from dental infections a year so Dentistry at Rea Village wants our patients to understand a dental infection is serious.

Receding gums or thinning tooth enamel could also be a cause of pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. Until you are able to see your dentist to have your pain diagnosed and treated, you should be aware of some things to avoid, which can make your toothache more severe. These include cold and sweet drinks and foods, and biting down or otherwise putting pressure on the tooth. Use a soft toothbrush, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Toothaches may come and go, making you think that it’s not worth it to see your dentist, but that tooth is not going to get better on its own. The longer you wait to see a dentist, the worse the cavity or infection will become, possibly making the treatment more complex.
Dentistry at Rea Village believes preventative care is the best care. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes; floss once a day to remove plaque between your teeth and on your gums, and see your dentist twice a year for cleaning and routine check-ups. Most often a toothache can be prevented, but when it happens know we are here to help. Schedule your preventative care appointment today by calling 704-846-1401.

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