Toothaches can be extremely painful. But what causes a toothache? Tooth decay is often the cause of most tooth pain, although there are other causes as well including infection, grinding teeth, abnormal bite, gum disease, and TMD.
What are the symptoms of a toothache?
A toothache may be the result of other dental problems or medical conditions and can be hard to identify and diagnose without a visit to the dentist. However, here are some symptoms that may be associated with a toothache:
- Swelling around a tooth
- Pain when you bite on the tooth
- Bad-tasting discharge inside your mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas, and we will help you identify the cause of your toothache.
How can I alleviate a toothache if I can’t get to the dentist right away?
If you can’t get to the dentist for a diagnosis, there are some steps you can take to temporarily alleviate the pain from your toothache.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water
- Apply an antiseptic with benzocaine on the irritated area to help numb the gums and temporarily relieve pain
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (although you should not put a pain reliever near your gum tissue because it may burn the tissue)
- Floss gently
You should still visit a dentist as soon as possible or make an emergency appointment because your condition could get worse if left untreated by a dental professional.
How can I prevent a toothache?
The best way to prevent a toothache is to visit your dentist regularly and stick to an oral hygiene routine. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. However, you may still get a toothache even though you practice good oral hygiene.
If you have a toothache or further questions about how to diagnose and treat a toothache, contact Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas. We would be happy to address your oral health needs.