Over the years, I have witnessed several patients profoundly impacted by accidental injuries. While accidents are by definition not planned and are not predictable, it can be very helpful to have a potential treatment plan in mind should you find yourself in need of one. Let’s review some common dental injuries, how to best avoid such injuries, and what to do should you sustain such an injury. This week we will concentrate on what steps to take if you have a toothache.
First, let us consider what to do if you have a toothache. Maintaining a steady daily hygiene regimen will contribute substantially to prevent cavities. Brush and floss your teeth twice daily, and see your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings.Toothaches often present with sharp, throbbing or constant pain, particularly when pressure is applied to the tooth; this can involve one or multiple teeth. In very severe cases, patients may also experience symptoms such as fever, ear-aches or even pain when opening their mouths.
You may be wondering what causes a toothache. Toothaches can be caused by several problems such as tooth decay, an abscessed tooth, gum infection or tooth fracture. It is important to take all symptoms seriously. Even if your pain dissipates, a more serious problem may be at the root of the problem. If your pain is severe, lasts more than one day, or spreads to your ears and head, contact your dentist immediately.
Until you can get to your dentist, rinse your mouth with warm water to cleanse the area. Follow up with flossing your teeth to dislodge any particles, and apply a cold compress to reduce pain and control swelling. Do not use aspirin or any pain-killer directly to the tooth – this may damage your gums.
Toothaches are often the result of the larger dental problem, and avoiding timely treatment for one can cause complications. The sooner you receive treatment, the better, and the more likely you will be to avoid serious repercussions. Visiting a Clear Creek Dental clinic as soon as possible is the ideal thing to do to be able to be sure on what to do as they are the one who know what is the best treatment to do. A person could not even carry the pain which stays for about three days and even though it will be gone it will surely strike back again with a more intense pain. Seeing the dentist can even prevent more pain, tooth loss as well as expense in tooth problem treatments.
Did you know? February 9th is National Toothache Day that was created to raise awareness and treat low income patients that can not afford regular dental care. Ask your dentist for more information.