Your mouth has been killing you for weeks, because you have a toothache you just can’t shake. You know you should get to a dentist, but you’re putting off the visit because you’re afraid. If this scenario sounds familiar, we want you to know you are not alone.
WHAT IS A TOOTHACHE?
Also known as odontalgia, a toothache is when you have pain coming from a tooth or multiple teeth. A toothache can be agonizing. It can make life miserable. It can result in difficulties eating, sleeping, and in some cases, even talking.
A toothache can be a serious sign of decay and infection. If left untreated, a toothache can actually kill someone.
“I do not want to scare people, but anyone can die from a toothache,” said Dr. Jason Kboudi, who heads up the practice of San Antonio-based, leading dental provider Advanced Smile Care.
In fact, it happens every year. A study in 2013 published in the Journal of Endodontics found that between 2000 and 2008, there were more than 61,000 hospitalizations nationally for periapical abscesses, which is an infection at the tip of the root of a tooth that is a common symptom of untreated tooth decay. Sixty-six patients died among the 61-thousand people hospitalized who were studied in this research.
Toothaches, however, aren’t always serious, but they are often an indication something is wrong with your teeth or your gums.
WHY YOUR TOOTH HURTS?
Not sure how you got that wicked toothache? Here are a few of the most common causes:
- Abscessed tooth
- Cracked tooth or filling
- Grinding teeth
- Sinus or ear infection
- TMJ (Temporomandibular joint and muscle) disorder
- Tooth decay or gum disease
- Worn enamel
HOW TO PREVENT TOOTHACHES
Steering clear of sugary-laced foods and acidic drinks will help you maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. Daily brushing and flossing are also important as is routine dental care, with at least two annual visits to your dentist for a cleaning and examination.
All that said, anyone can get a cavity. Or you may accidentally break a molar or chip a tooth. Or, you may start grinding your teeth in your sleep and not even know that this is eroding the enamel of your teeth and leading to a toothache.
Treating a toothache may be simply handled, in the short-term, by heading to a supermarket and picking up an over-the-counter treatment. But if the pain gets worse, we highly recommend you see a dentist.
CONTACT ADVANCED SMILE CARE
Advanced Smile Care offers a full range of top-tier dental services, including routine hygiene and preventative appointments. We have performed sedation dentistry over the last 35 years in San Antonio on thousands of patients who are anxious about dental treatment. Our team is specially trained to make your sedation experience as comfortable and as safe as possible. Call us at 210-366-3606 to book your appointment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]