You should never have to live with tooth pain. The experts at Alcovy Dental specialize in pinpointing the source of your toothache and solving the issue. Some toothaches even cause swelling, fever, earaches and headaches. Many factors could be contributing to your toothache and general tooth sensitivity, so it’s important to make your appointment with our top rated dental team if your discomfort has lasted longer than two days.
What Does a Toothache Mean?
Your toothache is likely trying to tell you something about what’s going on in your mouth. Here are a few reasons you may be experiencing a toothache or sensitivity:
The thinner your tooth enamel is, the more sensitive your tooth will be. Certain dental habits lead to thinning tooth enamel. One big cause of thinning enamel is grinding your teeth. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing your teeth too hard also leads to thin enamel. If more than one of your teeth is particularly sensitive, this could be the reason.
Acid is known to wear down teeth quicker than necessary. Some health issues that involve stomach acid also contribute to worn tooth enamel. If you have acid reflux, or GERD, more acid than normal passes over your teeth. Frequent vomiting also causes tooth enamel to wear down, contributing to toothaches and sensitivity.
If you have a filling (or any other kind of implant in your mouth) that is damaged, it could lead to infection and pain in your teeth. You may notice increased pain in one particular tooth or even drainage emitting from said tooth. This is cause to visit our office as soon as possible.
Tooth Decay & Gum Recession
Broken, chipped or decaying teeth may lead to toothaches and sensitivity, as do worn-down fillings and crowns. You may also notice increased sensitivity if your gums are receding. The more of the tooth that’s exposed, the more likely you are to experience discomfort. You are also more likely to experience discomfort in one tooth rather than multiple if this is the source of your dental sensitivity.
While you wait for your appointment at Alcovy Dental, pain management is the most important part of handling your toothache. Try mixing half a teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounces of warm water and swish that around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out. This will help clean your mouth and relieve some discomfort. You can also mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water to get a deeper clean, ensuring that you don’t swallow any of the mixture. We also recommend any over-the-counter pain relief medicine.
If you struggle with overall tooth sensitivity, keep an eye out for dental products marketed for sensitive teeth. These will be made with safe ingredients, free of alcohol, and include desensitizers that help block pain. Be sure to brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled brush.
Schedule Your Appointment in Covington Today!
Don’t suffer from your toothache for another day. The expert dental team at Alcovy Dental will quickly put together a care plan to help you treat your toothache. Getting started with our office is simple! Just give us a call or fill out our online contact form today to schedule an appointment.