Toothache Or Dental Pain
A toothache is a common dental emergency experienced by both young and adult alike. Because of its prevalence, most people mistake toothache as a natural event in one’s life.
The truth is, it isn’t. Toothache is like an alarm that tells you if there is something wrong with your oral health.
In fact, when one experiences toothache, it means that a dental problem has already worsened.
If you have a toothache, you need to see your dentist right away. The longer you delay treatment, the lower the chances are of saving your teeth.
At Your Gold Coast Dentist anything that causes you pain and compromises your oral health is dealt with as soon as possible. For your dental emergencies Your Gold Coast Dentist is your trusted emergency dentist in Parkwood.
Same day dental emergency appointment available!
Common Causes of Toothache
A toothache is caused by several dental problems occurring in the mouth. Below are some possible causes of toothache.
#1 Tooth decay
One in four kids in Australia under 10 have untreated tooth decay. The numbers are higher in adults – three in ten. Tooth decay is primarily caused by plaque, a sticky film left by food that becomes a home to bacteria. The bacteria produce toxins and acid that corrodes the enamel, exposing the dental pulp.
#2 Gum disease
Gum disease is the bacterial infection of the gums. Toothache occurs as the irritated gums recede, exposing the roots. This dental condition is also brought about by poor dental hygiene.
#3 Abscessed tooth
Abscess is an accumulation of pus in the site of an infection. It can occur in the gums, tooth, or in the bone holding the tooth. Infection can be caused by severe tooth decay and poor dental work, among others.
#4 Tooth eruption
Tooth eruption brings pain along with it. As a tooth slowly erupts, pain and difficulty is likely to follow. Most children have their full set of permanent teeth by 12-13 years old. The wisdom teeth or third molars erupt aroun17-25 years old.
What To Do
It is important to understand that although first aid can give you pain relief, the dental problem causing the pain is unresolved. It will continue its progress unless treated by a dentist.
If you are experiencing a toothache, here’s what you can do:
- Brush and floss your teeth to remove all food debris.
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash or a saltwater solution (8 ounces of lukewarm water to ½ teaspoon of salt). Do this several times.
- Take OTC pain relievers. Do not put aspirin directly on the gums to avoid chemical burn. Clove oil is an alternative pain relief method.
- If the outside of the cheek is swollen, apply a cold compress. This will also relieve the pain.
- Go to your dentist immediately.
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment In Gold Coast
Trust your oral health to no one else. A dental emergency requires a team who is quick to attend to and provide for your needs. Your Gold Coast Dentist offers a same-day dental emergency appointment for you and your family’s dental emergency.
Call (07) 5594 6699 or visit us at Gold Coast Parkwood Piazza, Shop 10/300 Olsen Avenue in Parkwood.