Toothaches: What Can You Do?

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Have you ever drank something cold and felt a sudden, shooting pain? As you probably know, havinf a toothache is a miserable experience and is something that clearly, everyone strives to avoid. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fight and prevent toothaches.

Toothaches can be caused by a variety of problems. Some of the most common problems include tooth decay, bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), infection, dietary habits, and lackluster oral care. Still, of all these causes, tooth decay is the most common, especially when bacteria eats away your enamel.

Aside from extreme discomfort, toothaches can be related to other symptoms. These symptoms can be relatively small—like irritation or a bad taste in your mouth— or they can be severe. More severe symptoms include a fever or painful headaches. Naturally, if you have a persistent toothache, you should visit our dentist, but if you have any of these extra symptoms, we recommend calling and scheduling an appointment with us today.

Still, aside from visiting a dentist, what can you do if you’re suffering from a toothache? In reality, there are many things you can try, such as placing a warm compress on your gums, but many treatments will need to be performed by a dentist. However, if you avoid visiting your dentist, even for an aching tooth, you could have to deal with a cavity or even eventually need a root canal down the road.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dowsett Dental Health at 403.229.0510. Dr. Nathalie Dowsett and out team are eager to hear from you.