Ask a Dentist in Hollywood: What Do I Do If I Have a Toothache?

Happy National Toothache Day!

If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know it is not something to celebrate. But it’s also not something to ignore either. When your teeth hurt—whether it’s a dull ache or a throbbing pain—they are trying to tell you something, and it’s best that you listen (or let us listen).

Healthy teeth shouldn’t cause any pain or discomfort. The interior pulp and the dentin around it (which is where your nerves are located) are protected by enamel and gums. When your dental enamel and gums are healthy, you feel it (or better yet, don’t feel it).

But you’re here because you have a toothache and want to know what to do about it.

8 Common Reasons Why You Have a Toothache

1. Abscess

2. Compromised filing

3. Cracked tooth

4. Infection/Inflammation

5. Receded gums

6. Residual sensitivity from recent dental work

7. Sinus problems

8. Teeth grinding

What to Do If You Have a Toothache

Toothaches can range from mild to severe. In the case of mild pain or discomfort, there are remedies you can employ at home. However, if your pain persists, it is a good idea to give us a call. If you have a severe toothache, don’t try and suffer through the pain, hoping it will magically disappear. An office visit will be necessary. At Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida, we can help you determine the root cause of your toothache (whether mild or severe) and take the best action to quickly resolve it. As you can see from the list of common reasons why you might have a toothache, all of the reasons require action.

What You Can Do at Home to Alleviate Symptoms of a Toothache

• Saltwater Rinse: Mix ½ teaspoon salt with warm water and use like a mouthwash
• Cold Compress: Wrap a bag of ice with a towel and hold it to the affected area for up to 20 minutes
• Peppermint Tea Bag: Apply a warm peppermint tea bag to the affected tooth to numb pain and soothe sensitive gums
• OTC pain medication like Tylenol or Advil: Take as directed

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