There are many reasons you might be experiencing tooth pain. However, overcoming tooth pain can be a very straightforward process. The short answer is to go to see your dentist. Going regularly to your dentist will support your overall health. Dental visits are designed to act as a preventative care measure, but if issues occur or you have not stayed on top of your healthy oral routine, you could need to see your dentist during an emergency visit.
How you can stop your tooth pain
It is very important to see your dentist or an emergency dentist as soon as possible when:
- You went through dental trauma like a sports accident, slip and fall, or another type of mouth injury
- You lost a filling
- You have a tooth abscess
- You have pain, sores and/or swelling in your mouth or jaw
- You have a loose or lost an adult tooth
Tooth pain caused by going through an accident, infection, or another unknown cause means that you need to call your dentist right away. Many dentists will keep some appointment slots open just for emergency cases so that you will be able to get help as soon as possible.
Getting some over-the-counter pain medications can help you lessen any pain you are experiencing, but it will not cure your problem. The tooth pain needs to be treated for the root cause, taking the appropriate cleaning measures. If you are unsure, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible so that they can diagnose and help you resolve the issue. It is a lot better to be safe than sorry!
Stopping your tooth pain before it even begins
The best way that you can stop tooth pain is through preventative dental hygiene and treatment methods. Preventing issues that cause tooth pain is why your dentist always recommends that you visit them at least twice per year. Going to these visits will allow your dentist to detect issues early. Plus, going through preventative care can also:
- Prevent plaque from building up, which could lead to cavities if left unattended.
- Help take care of gingivitis before its severity increases.
- Address concerns including your bite, teeth grinding, oral routine and habits, tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, etc.
- It gives you the chance to talk about any cosmetic issues and any other general dental topics.
- It helps you save money—preventative care enables you to avoid larger expenses later on if you have a severe dental issue.
Having constant tooth pain is not normal. If you are experiencing tooth pain between regular visits to the dentist, you should speak with your dentist and immediately book an appointment. Usually, getting early treatments will prevent more serious tooth pain in the near future.
Your dentist usually recommends brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You should also rinse using an alcohol-free mouthwash each day. You can also opt to chew on some sugar-free gum after your meals when you cannot brush your teeth.
Speak with your dentist about your dental care routine and if you have any health concerns. Forest Hill Family Dental is available to help with your tooth pain, as well as regular checkups for dental hygiene. Call our Kitchener dentist at 519-578-1300 today or via email at [email protected].