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Common Causes and Symptoms of Toothache

A tooth can hurt for many reasons. It could be a new tooth trying to erupt, a tooth may have decay, there may be infection present, a tooth may be cracked or gum disease can feel like a toothache. Any or all of these conditions should signal the patient that it is time to see the dentist!

While there are several things we can do to keep toothache issues to a minimum, this is a problem that most of us will face throughout our lifetime. Having a regular dentist that you visit consistently for dental hygiene and exams is ideal for maintenance, but also allows you to have someone you know and trust especially for any unexpected dental work.

Putting off or skipping those semi-annual dental appointments can contribute to what may ultimately become a toothache. With regular dental exams, your dentist can put a watch on any areas of concern before they can escalate to a major problem.

While there are several things we can do to keep toothache issues to a minimum, this is a problem that most of us will face throughout our lifetime.

An inadequate hygiene regimen can be responsible for dental decay. Without flossing and brushing at least twice per day, plaque starts to build up on teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that attracts bacteria, and once it starts it will continue to grow until removed by your dental professional. Plaque build-up has the potential to lead to dental decay.

A diet loaded with sugary snacks and beverages contributes to active decay as well. If you’re going to eat and drink sweets and soda, at the very least try to brush or rinse after consumption. Chewing sugarless gum will encourage saliva production, which is nature’s mouthwash.

The symptoms of gum disease can be innocuous or obvious: red, swollen or bleeding gums; gum tissue receding or pulling away from one or more teeth; chronic bad breath; discomfort. Gums may bleed when brushing if using a tooth brush with firm bristles or a heavy hand. If switching to a soft toothbrush and less pressure does not eliminate the problem, or if any of the other symptoms are present, it is time to visit your dentist.

A broken or cracked tooth can result in a sensitive twinge or a throbbing ache. Without treatment, this can graduate to needing endodontic therapy or a crown.

Excellent care of our dental health can alleviate many concerns; a prompt response to symptoms may keep treatment minimal.

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