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A toothache is the most common dental complaint. Pain is often felt in the affected tooth, however, in some instances, the pain can feel like it is coming from your head, jaw or ear. Most of the time the pain is described as sharp, throbbing and continuous. Sometimes pain and swelling in the jaw can be a sign of a tooth infection or abscess, a damaged filling or infected gums.

 

Toothaches can also occur because of broken teeth, a lost filling, and a recently restored tooth or due to sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus cavities in the face).

 

Easing Discomfort at Home

 

Until you are able to see your Dentist here are some ways that could help ease your discomfort at home:

-       Avoid food and drinks that are very hot or very cold

-       Avoid food and drinks that are high in sugar or acidic

-       Use an over the counter pain relief medication (but never exceed the recommended dose)

-       Try flossing between the affected teeth

-       Try applying oil of cloves (eugenol)

 

When to See a Dentist

 

You should seek professional assistance from your local Dentist if:

-       Your toothache lasts longer than 1 to 2 days

-       Your toothache is severe

-       You also have a fever, earache or limited ability to open your mouth

 

Treatment and identification of dental infections is extremely important to prevent spreading to other parts of the face and even your bloodstream.

 

Preventing Toothaches

 

Although good oral hygiene is important in preventing toothaches, brushing regularly with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as well as seeing your Dentist regularly will also eliminate any unwanted oral complications and assist in toothache prevention.

 

If you want to find out more about how you can get in touch with a professional emergency dentist, contact Wisdom Dental Emergency today. They can assist you with any questions you may have regarding toothaches and overall oral hygiene.

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