Toothache Symptoms and Causes

Toothache Symptoms and Causes

Posted by SUN-PARK DENTAL on Sep 10 2020, 10:26 AM

Toothache Symptoms and Causes

Ever felt a dull or sharp ache in or around your tooth? This could be a sign of an underlying issue with your tooth or gums. In the case of tooth decay, it can get worse if untreated. Let's look at the symptoms and causes of a toothache.   

Never Ignore a Toothache

Dentists explain how people tend to ignore toothaches during the initial stage. Painkillers and home remedies help to a certain extent. Dental problems include cavities, infections in the gums, and gum diseases. They can cause pain and discomfort; a person may find it difficult to chew food. It could even have a negative impact on an individual’s self-esteem.

Symptoms of Toothache

The pain in the tooth starts from mild discomfort to a more severe one. A toothache could be caused by sinuses or migraine too. Below are a few of the symptoms of toothache:

  • Sharp or dull pain when chewing your food
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold food items
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Fever with headache and jaw pain
  • Tooth pain that comes and goes

Causes of Toothaches

There can be more than one cause of a throbbing toothache. Identifying the cause helps to get the right treatment

  • Cavities or Tooth Decay – Bacteria in the mouth form acid when exposed to sugar. This acid destroys the enamel and can cause cavities.
  • Injury to Face or Teeth–This could be a result of an accident or trauma.
  • Gum Disease–Plaques built over time on teeth can infect the gums and cause bleeding.
  • Weak Enamel– Torn down enamel can cause sensitivity to heat or cold.
  • Post Dental Procedures– People who have undergone dental surgery may experience post-dental trauma.

When to See a Dentist?

Mild toothache can be cured with painkillers. If you face any of the below symptoms make sure to meet a dentist:

  • Swelling in gums and cheeks
  • Fever
  • Pus or discharge from gums
  • Pain which lasts longer than two days
  • Sharp pain when having cold or hot food items

Tips for Dental Health:

To enjoy a tasty meal it is important to take good care of your oral hygiene.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day 
  • Floss and use mouthwash after meals
  • Avoid intake of excessive sugary items like sticky food and beverages
  • Follow a healthy diet for dental hygiene
  • Limit consumption of alcohol
  • Schedule routine visits to the dentist for good dental health

For comprehensive dental care, visit Sun-Park Dental Family, Implant & Orthodontics at 5400 Park Drive, Rocklin, CA 95765, or call us at (916)-435-1155 for appointments.

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