Toothaches: Underlying Causes

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 be avoided as much as possible. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fight and prevent toothaches.

Toothaches can be caused by a variety of problems. Some of the most common problems include tooth decay, bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), infection, dietary habits, and lackluster oral care. Still, of all these causes, tooth decay is the most common, especially when bacteria eats away your enamel.

As you know, the pain caused by a toothache can be a consistent aching or a sharp, intense burst. But do you know about any of the other symptoms that can be related to toothaches? Generally, these symptoms include a persistent bad taste in your mouth or a fever. Headaches are also common. If you have any other of these symptoms we recommend scheduling an appointment with us as soon as possible.

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 Scott R. Adishian, DDS, Inc. at 626-796-3700. Dr. Scott R. Adishian and out team are eager to hear from you.