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Toothaches can be debilitating. It’s hard to speak, move your jaw, eat or drink. Or, they can be mild, with a little “zing” of pain every now and then. No matter what, they require your attention.

Inside your tooth’s root is a substance called pulp; pulp contains your nerve endings. A toothache is typically the result of damage to those nerve endings. A toothache can be a sign that you have a cavity, abscess, or another dental emergency.

If you feel pain, gently rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water–not cold or hot! Then, carefully use a gentle interdental cleaner, such as dental floss, to remove any food particles stuck between your teeth. If the pain continues, call your dentist immediately. NEVER apply aspirin directly to the affected area, as this can burn your gum tissue. You may take oral pain-relief medications, according to proper medical direction.

Not all tooth damage is strictly linked to tooth pain; it could be more visual in nature. If you see an abscess around a tooth, your pulp may be damaged. A dental abscess often looks like an irritated blister full of pus or fluid and is caused by an infection in the gum tissue. Facial rashes, high fevers, irregular chills, and noticeable discharge are all common signs and symptoms of tooth damage. If you feel your pulp may be infected or damaged, speak with your dentist immediately to check for signs of a major dental emergency.

If you would like to schedule an oral exam in Jupiter, FL, call us today at 561-746-8095. Dr. Higham and Dr. Sauchelli and our entire team look forward to helping get your smile healthy again!