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Everything You Need to Know About Toothaches

February 9 is National Toothache Day, which makes it the perfect day to learn about everything you need to know to know about toothaches. If you have questions, then speak with your dentist so they can provide you with more information. 

What causes toothaches?

If you begin to feel pain in or around the area of a tooth that can be due to a number of things such as:

  • tooth decay
  • an abscessed tooth
  • a tooth fracture
  • a damaged filling
  • constant tooth grinding
  • infected gums

If you have a toothache, you could experience any of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • headaches
  • the swollen area around the tooth
  • a sharp tooth pain 

When should you call your dentist about your toothache?

You should call your dentist and schedule an appointment if the pain in your tooth is causing intense pain, or if the pain has lasted for several days. Also, if you have an earache or get a fever from the pain it would be best to contact your dentist right away.

What are some ways you can prevent a toothache?

In order to prevent toothaches from occurring, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Make sure to brush and floss daily, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash at least once a day. Also cutting down on foods that are high in sugar can help to avoid hurting your teeth.  Lastly, it is important that you make sure that you go for regular dental checkups in order for your dentist to do a deep cleaning of your teeth and to make sure that your teeth are healthy.

The important thing to always remember is that if you are experiencing a toothache that you call your dentist as soon as possible so the pain can be examined. If you don’t get it checked out in time, it can cause further dental issues down the road so better to be safe than sorry.