How to Manage a Toothache While You Wait for Your Appointment with Us
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
You wake up. Your head is pounding, your gums are throbbing, and your mouth feels tender and sore. These are just some of the telltale signs of a toothache. If you have not booked an appointment with us after experiencing these symptoms, it is important to do so before proceeding before trying to make things better for yourself.
The primary cause of toothaches is tooth decay. The bacteria that is present in the mouth live on the starches and sugars that are present in the mouth. The process leads to a sticky plaque that sticks to tooth surfaces. These acids can eat away the enamel of your tooth and create cavities.
Other Causes of Toothaches
If you have accumulated food debris between teeth, the acid formed from the interaction between bacteria and food can cause harm to your teeth. If you root canal is inflamed, infected, or if your teeth are experiencing trauma, a toothache is bound to follow. If you have impacted wisdom teeth (teeth without enough space to fully emerge), you may experience a toothache as well. Sometimes, sinus infections can appear as pain in the teeth.
After booking an appointment with us, you can feel free to rinse off your mouth using warm water. Using dental floss, try to eliminate any food particles that lodge themselves between the teeth. Do not take over-the-counter painkillers just yet. Some of them may indirectly burn the tissues of your gum. If you have a cold compress, applying it the outside of your check can help reduce the trauma experienced by the tooth.
A professional best treats a toothache. If you experience some of the signs linked to a toothache, call us immediately to book a session and check on the health of your mouth.