One of the most painful dental emergencies is a toothache. It can be experienced by anyone in any age group and can drastically affect your routine. From eating to sleeping, a toothache will cause difficulty and discomfort.
When you have a toothache, everything shuts down and focuses on that aggravating pain in your mouth.
Which is why it is a good thing that your trusted Western Clinic Dental dentist provides a same-day emergency appointment for dental emergencies such as a toothache. At Western Clinic Dental, we do more than just relieve you of the pain! We get to the bottom of the problem; then treat it to make sure that the pain is gone for good.
For your dental emergency, call and visit Western Clinic Dental right away.
What Causes Toothache?
A toothache is only an indication or symptom of another dental issue threatening your oral health.
A toothache may mean one of the following:
Tooth decay and cavities.
This is the most common reason for a toothache. Poor dental hygiene allows the bacteria in your mouth to thrive. As the plaque hardens into tartar and accumulates in your mouth, the bacteria attack your teeth forming cavities. When you eat hot, cold, or sweet food and drinks, these become irritated, hence the toothache.
An abscessed tooth causes a toothache. The aching tooth could have pus accumulated inside or in the root, caused for a number of reasons including dead/dying nerve/pulp and poor dental work.
The bacteria in your mouth caused by poor dental hygiene also attack your gums causing them to recede. Receding gums expose the root of the tooth, which makes the tooth sensitive to sweet, hot, and cold food/drinks.
Another reason for a toothache, prevalent in children, is tooth eruption. Most kids will have their full set of permanent teeth around 12- 13 years old. Until then, children will experience dental pain from tooth eruption. Adults may also experience this as the third molars (“wisdom teeth”) erupt around 17- 25 years old.
First Aid Steps
In case of toothache, here’s what you can do:
- Make sure that there is no food stuck in your teeth. Brush thoroughly and floss after.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash or a salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water).
- Take OTC pain relievers but always ask for any warnings or restrictions that come with them. Or you can apply clove oil in the aching tooth to reduce pain and sensitivity. Do not apply aspirin to the gums or the tooth as this can cause a chemical burn.
- Use a cold compress to minimise swelling.
- Call and visit your dentist immediately.
The first aid steps are important and necessary to relieve pain and discomfort. However, to ensure that the toothache will not bother you again, visiting your dentist is just as important. Treating the cause of the toothache is important to keep your oral health in its best state.
Western Clinic Dental, Your Trusted Emergency Dentist
Western Clinic Dental provides a same-day emergency appointment to cater to you and your loved ones’ dental emergencies in Torrensville. We work with ease and efficiency to relieve your pain and worry as quickly as possible.
In case of a dental emergency, Western Clinic Dental is the one to trust.