Visiting the dentist isn’t a pleasant experience for everyone, and we know some people have anxieties and worries about dental and medical treatments at the best of times, let alone with everything going on with coronavirus. However, there are times when you need to be aware of what’s going on in your mouth – sometimes biting your tongue to get through the pain just isn’t going to cut it!
Toothache is extremely common, with most of us having suffered with it in some form or another at some point in our lives. Often, the pain is only small and temporary and can sometimes reveal itself after you’ve eaten something too hot or too cold! Yet, in certain situations, the pain can be unbearable – it is times such as these when visiting or contacting your emergency dentist at Yew Tree Dental is advised.
What Causes Toothache?
Toothache can be caused by numerous different things, ranging from ulcers or receding gums to an infected dental pulp. Normally, toothache won’t go away on its own, and if it does, it often comes back in a much more severe way. The longer you leave or tolerate toothache, the worse it is going to get – so seeking help sooner rather than later is something we advise!
One of the most common causes of toothache is tooth decay which occurs as a result of the bacteria that builds up in your mouth. This bacteria loves the food that you love – moulding with the sugars and starches to create a layer of plaque! Plaque is a sticky film which will erode the enamel on your teeth over time, eventually resulting in toothache!
Additional reasons for toothache include:
Jaw alignment issues
Cracked or fractured teeth
When To Visit a Dentist
Toothache is often a sign of a bigger problem that can negatively affect your oral health, and in some instances, your health in general! That is why it’s best to see your dentist as soon as the problem arises – the longer you leave it, the more serious the problem is likely to become.
We recommend that you see a dentist if you have oral pain that lasts for more than two days or doesn’t go away after you have taken painkillers. Having a high temperature and pain when you bite are often signifiers that you should probably visit a dentist as well!
If you have made an appointment but are struggling to ease your pain whilst you wait, then we would recommend taking household painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. If this doesn’t work then you can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. Try and avoid sweet foods and those that are very hot or cold as they can make the pain worse!
Visit Us At Yew Tree Dental
Yew Tree Dental is an award-winning, family-run dental and implant centre that has been running since the 1960s. In that time we are proud to have had generations of satisfied patients and customers visit us, and we look forward to helping many more long into the future.
If you would like to book an appointment or want to seek advice from a dental expert, you can contact us on 01753 522500. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are experiencing difficulties with your teeth, please call us immediately so we can make you an emergency appointment.