A toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies, and it is experienced by young and adult alike. Possibly the most annoying as well, because a toothache can affect everything you do. Eating is difficult, loss of appetite is normal, and sometimes a dull headache follows. Everything stops and zooms in to focus on the persistent pain in your mouth.
If you are suffering from a toothache, Smiles Nambour is the dentist to call. A guaranteed same day emergency appointment means we can stop the pain and treat the cause of the problem immediately.
Common Causes Of Toothache
A toothache is not the real problem. It is actually a symptom associated with another dental issue developing in your mouth.
A toothache may be caused by one of the following:
Tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth attack the tooth’s enamel, forming cavities. As the decay continues, the affected tooth becomes sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet food or drinks, making it ache when irritated.
Gum disease/Periodontal disease. Bacteria not only attack the teeth but also target your gums. As tartar thrives, your gums recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. Exposed roots make the teeth sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet food or drinks, making them ache when irritated.
Bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that involves excessive grinding of your upper and lower teeth particularly at night, during sleep. Teeth grinding wears down your teeth and causes pain to the teeth and jaw.
Tooth eruption. By 12-13, most kids will have their full set of permanent teeth. Until then your child may experience toothache because of an erupting tooth. Adults can also experience this when the third molars (“wisdom teeth”) erupt for those around 17-25 years old.
What To Do
In case of a toothache or dental pain, here’s what you can do:
- Brush and floss your teeth gently. Make sure that there is no food stuck to the teeth particularly in the aching area.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash or saltwater to rinse your mouth (1/2 teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water).
- Take OTC pain relievers to relieve pain. Be mindful of the restrictions. You can also use clove oil to lessen the pain and sensitivity. Apply the clove oil using a clean cotton swab.
- Call your dentist immediately.
Treatment At Smiles Nambour
These first aid steps offer temporary pain relief from your toothache. They do not treat the cause of the toothache. If you don’t go to your dentist, your pain will only return.
At Smiles Nambour, we determine the cause of the toothache and treat it to make sure that the pain doesn’t bother you again. Remember, the earlier you go to your dentist, the higher the chances of saving your teeth.
Dental Emergency Care By Your Sunshine Coast Dentist In The Nambour Region
Smiles Nambour is your trusted dentist for your dental needs including dental emergencies. We offer quick and efficient care so you can be free from pain as soon as possible.
At Smiles Nambour, we take care of your oral health and your smile.
Same day dental emergency appointment guaranteed!