When Is a Toothache Cause for Concern?

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Are you experiencing a toothache around Palm Harbor, FL? Depending on your symptoms, you may need to make an appointment with our dental professionals, but you might also be able to cure the ache with a good round of oral hygiene care. Check out the guide below to see if you should be concerned about your toothache.

Symptoms of a Toothach

Aside from the reasonably obvious pain around or in a tooth, you may experience the following if you have a toothache:

  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Excessive pain
  • Chest pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Facial rash or pain
  • Bleeding gums

Causes of a Toothache

A toothache is frequently the result of a few issues. Here are some of the most common:

• Wisdom teeth: When these molars start coming in, you’ll feel it in the back of your mouth.
• Gum disease: Inflamed and bleeding gums may indicate periodontal disease.
• Tooth decay and cavities: If the cavity is the cause, you might need a filling.

When to Be Concerned

Not every ache and pain requires medical attention, but it you are experiencing any of the following you should contact your dentist immediately:

• The ache lasts for more than two days.
• You are in severe pain.
• You have chills or a fever.
• Opening your mouth causes pain.
• You have an earache as well.

What to Do

While you wait for your dental appointment, you can use the following remedies to help ease the symptoms of a toothache:

• Use an over the counter pain medication.
• Apply an oral numbing gel.
• Use a cold compress.
• Keep your mouth and teeth clean.

Additionally, keep a record of your toothache so you can information your dentist about the details of the issue.

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