Similar to a head ache, belly ache or back ache, consistent tooth ache pain is not an ailment you want to overlook. There are a number of things that can cause a tooth ache from tooth decay to a loose tooth. Tooth sensitivity and impacted wisdom teeth are other common causes for aching teeth. If you are experiencing a tooth ache that lasts for more than two days, it’s important to call your dentist right away.

What happens if you don’t have a dental emergency and you can’t get in to see your dentist right away? Here are some helpful hints to help relieve tooth ache pain until you can make it into the office.

• Sometimes food particles can be the cause of tooth pain. Rinsing your mouth with warm water and spitting it out several times may help flush out any food particles that are causing a tooth ache. Flossing the sore area carefully may release food particles that have become wedged in your teeth or gum line. Children sometimes need help flossing, especially if they are experiencing a problematic tooth ache.
• Over the counter pain medicine that has an anti-inflammatory in it will help reduce swelling and take the bite off the aching and pain.
• A topical pain reliever that contains benzocaine can be applied directly to the aching area in your mouth. Reapply as often as necessary, but don’t exceed what is stated on the directions. It’s not a good idea to put a painkiller or aspirin directly on the gums for pain relief as these medications can actually burn your gums.

If your toothache is severe contact your dentist and schedule an emergency appointment. Fractured teeth, abscessed teeth or infected teeth may need immediate attention. It’s important to note that increased sinus pressure or sinus infections sometimes mask themselves as severe tooth pain. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, be sure to take your allergy medicine to see if you get some relief before calling your dentist.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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