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Not All Toothaches Come from Cavities

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates
Not All Toothaches Come from CavitiesToothaches are common complaints in our office. Perhaps you are experiencing sensitivity to a hot or cold beverage. Maybe when you eat something sugary, you feel a sensation. The discomfort can range from mild to severe and may persist even after the stimulus has been removed. Even though a toothache starts in your mouth, it can spread to your cheek, ear, or jaw.

What Causes a Toothache

A toothache can be caused by dental decay. This happens when the enamel on a tooth is weakened and a hole forms. This hole is called the cavity. A toothache can be caused by other issues as well. If you have a cracked or damaged tooth, your tooth may be sensitive. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms inside the tooth caused by a bacterial infection. The infection in the dental abscess can cause a toothache. A broken or loose filling can cause a toothache. Lastly, if you have problems with your braces, your teeth can hurt. This can feel like a toothache as well. Not all toothaches are the result of a cavity. It is important to find out the cause of your toothache, and not assume that it is a cavity.

How to Prevent a Toothache

The best way to prevent a toothache is to be proactive. Schedule your regular dental checkups twice a year. Choose to consume non sugary foods and drinks. Take care of your teeth and gums by brushing them twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing before bed. Drink lots of water between meals. Come see us if you feel anything out of the ordinary in your mouth. We are here to help you navigate the cause of your toothache and educate you on the best treatment options.
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