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Ways of Responding When a Tooth Suddenly Starts to Hurt

Posted on 9/10/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
Ways of Responding When a Tooth Suddenly Starts to HurtA toothache, especially spontaneous sharp pain can turn an otherwise would-be great day or night into an unbearable experience. When it occurs, it can make basic tasks such as eating, working, and even sleeping impossible.

For many people, when their teeth start to hurt, they simply take over-the-counter pain pills and then forget about the issue until the pain reappears again. Is this the right approach?

Absolutely not! Since a toothache can be caused by a number of issues, it is important to take the correct approach when dealing with it. In this post, we will take a look at common causes of a toothache, and how to deal with the pain when it occurs.

What Are The Causes of a Toothache

A toothache, especially spontaneous sharp pain that occurs suddenly can be caused by a number of things. Below is a look at some of the common causes:

•  Tooth cavities. Dental decay increases the sensitivity of your teeth, which leads to a mild or sharp pain - depending on the level of decay - when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, or sugary.
•  Gum disease. Gum disease leads to inflamed gums and oral bones, which can lead to a mild or sharp pain when pressure is applied -] for example, when brushing or flossing your teeth.
•  Fractured tooth. A toothache can be a sign of trauma on your oral cavity, which could have resulted in a cracked or fractured tooth.

Other causes of a toothache include damaged dental fillings, abscess, or the effects of teeth grinding.

Remedies for a Toothache

While taking pain medication can seem like a good idea when dealing with a toothache, it is not always the best choice. Instead, you should try the following remedies.

Rinsing your Teeth with Saline or Hydrogen Peroxide

A simple remedy for dealing with a toothache is to rinse your mouth, and for this, you can use salt water or hydrogen peroxide. They both contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Hydrogen peroxide can also kill oral bacteria in your mouth, which might be contributing to your toothache.

•  Placing a cold compress on the affected part of your mouth. Placing a cold compress on the affected area of your mouth can also help to relieve pain. The compress helps to constrict the blood vessels in that area, which slows down the blood flow, and consequently, reduces pain and inflammation.
•  Paying us a visit immediately! A toothache can be an indication of a serious condition that requires emergency dental treatment. And even if it is not, if left untreated, the underlying condition can become worse with time. Therefore, you should visit us as soon as possible whenever your teeth start hurting.

Do not wait until your toothache develops into a serious situation. Visit us immediately and lets us help you.
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