People often don’t think twice about a toothache until they develop one. It seems remarkable that so much discomfort can come from something so small. Yet despite that discomfort, people sometimes ignore their toothaches for days on end. However, ignoring a toothache may be detrimental to your oral health. While it is true that some toothaches are not serious, others are indicative of dental problems.
Because it is so important that you are informed about toothaches, Dr. Deborha Staten is here to answer your most frequently asked, toothache-related questions.
What Causes Toothaches?
Toothaches can have many causes including tooth decay, structural damage to a tooth, bruxism (teeth grinding), and irritants stuck in and between teeth. For this reason, it is often a good idea to rinse your mouth with warm water and floss when you develop a toothache. If you experience relief upon rinsing your mouth and flossing, the cause was likely an irritant in the form of a food particle. However, if your toothache persists, the cause may be something more severe. Tooth decay, structural damage to a tooth, and bruxism all require dental assistance, so if your toothache lingers or if your tooth becomes discolored, call Dr. Staten.
If I Ignore My Toothache, Will It Go Away?
Occasionally, a toothache will fade away if you ignore it. However, choosing to ignore a toothache is not the best idea. Pay close attention to the way your tooth looks and feels. If the pain goes away in a couple of hours and does not return, the cause was likely an irritant. However, if your toothache will not go away, you may need to seek dental assistance.
Should I Place an Aspirin on My Aching Tooth?
No. The aspirin will be much more effective if you swallow it.
Schedule a Visit with Dr. Staten
If you have a toothache that persists, don’t neglect dental treatment. Pain is the body’s way of alerting us to problems that need to be addressed. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten, today.