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Have you ever drank something cold and felt a sudden, shooting pain? As you probably know, having a toothache is a miserable experience and is something to avoid. In fact, avoiding toothaches is something most people strive to avoid. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fight and prevent toothaches.

Toothaches can be caused by a few different things. Teeth grinding, infection, eating habits, and bad oral care are all common causes—though most toothaches are caused by tooth decay. This isn’t necessarily bad news because tooth decay can usually be avoided by simply maintaining your oral hygiene properly. This means brushing and flossing daily.

Unfortunately, aside from pain, toothaches can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as irritation, a bad taste in your mouth, a fever, and headaches. Generally, if your tooth aches, you should visit our dentist, but if you are experiencing any of these symptoms as well, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us immediately.

Still, aside from visiting a dentist, what can you do if you’re suffering from a toothache? In reality, there are many things you can try, such as placing a warm compress on your gums, but many treatments will need to be performed by a dentist. However, if you avoid visiting your dentist, even for an aching tooth, you could have to deal with a cavity or even eventually need a root canal.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Great Grins at 859-626-9339. Dr. Susan A. Vanstone and out team are eager to hear from you.