? Toothache is the most common type of pain in the mouth or face and also one of the most common reasons for emergency dental appointments.
We’ve all experienced a toothache before, and if you haven’t, kudos to you! It’s not a fun time. There are many questions around toothache, so we wanted to prepare you with these five facts in the event you unfortunately experience one in the near future!
- Toothaches are most commonly caused by underlying conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, or a tooth filling which has now been compromised. Additionally, toothache may be onset by teeth which have been pulled and are now infected, fractured or damaged by the procedure
- Often times, other areas of pain may be misinterpreted as a toothache such as Temporomandibular (TMJ) issues, sinus infections, and/or ear pain
- When experiencing a toothache, try to avoid chewing on that side/portion of your mouth and stick with room-temperature food/beverages, limiting extreme hot and cold contact with the area
- For temporary relief, you can rinse your mouth out with warm salt water and/or try pain relief medication–If your toothache is severe or persists, reach out to your Dentist
- To avoid experiencing toothaches, take a these preventive measures to keep your smile healthy:
- Brush your teeth at least 2x per day (morning and night)
- Floss your teeth daily - Flossing and using a Water Flosser helps remove plaque and food particles underneath your gum line.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste - helps to prevent decay in both adults and children - all of Spotlight Oral Care’s toothpaste range contain fluoride.
- Reduce your intake of sugary foods - moderation is key
- Visit your dentist for preventive check ups and professional cleaning