For some people toothaches are a major issue, especially for those that get them quite frequently. Sometimes we may not believe that they are serious and that they will just go away, this article will talk more about what causes toothaches and how to tell if they are serious.
Causes of toothaches
Toothaches are usually in the form of pain in or around a tooth or several teeth and this is caused mainly by tooth decay, as this is where holes or cavities form in the teeth and affect the nerve deep within the tooth and this causes the pain associated with toothaches. Other things affect the teeth in a similar way and these causes include fractured teeth, damaged dental fillings, grinding of the teeth and infection in the gums or gum disease.
Symptoms of toothaches
The most common symptom of having a toothache is pretty self-explanatory, however there are other symptoms that you need to look out for and these include things like swelling around the teeth or having a fever or headache, so you need to carefully monitor these.
How to tell if it is serious
Obviously not every toothache is not going to be so serious that it requires a dental procedure, however you should visit a dentist immediately if you experience severe pain from the toothache, it lasts more than one or two days and if you are experiencing other severe symptoms like a strong fever or pain when opening your mouth. It is better to be safe than sorry as waiting too long may mean the difference between being able to save your tooth or teeth.
A dentist will ensure that there are no serious issues present by conducting a physical exam and will generally get a full x-ray of your head to determine if there any serious issues that require attention.
As toothaches are generally caused by tooth decay it is important to maintain good oral hygiene in order to prevent toothaches, this involves brushing, flossing and using mouthwash regularly. You should also visit your dentist every six months to identify any issues, as well as your hygienist to get a professional clean.
It is important to remember that many people may get toothaches from issues like sensitivity, and there are many steps that can be taken to avoid this.
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