Got a Toothache?
A Toothache is no laughing matter. It can take all the enjoyment out of family gatherings and make eating unbearable. Some tooth pain is small and goes away after a few days, and usually is nothing to worry about. However, if you feel you’re experiencing a toothache that persists you should start looking for an dentist immediately. Signs that you should not ignore are:
If you have a toothache that has a sharp pain that’s only increased in severity from the time you’ve noticed it, it can be an indication of a dental issue. Other types of pain include a dull ache or a constant pain in a tooth or teeth.
Tooth pain with pressure
If you are noticing you only feel pain in a tooth when you bite down or apply pressure to the tooth it can be an indication of a few things, like a dental cavity or a misaligned bite. Some patients might even have a filling that need minor adjustment that can be causing this type of pain.
Swelling or bleeding gums
If you notice your gums seem a bit swollen, or if they bleed when you brush and floss your teeth you should visit your dentist as this is generally a sign of infection or gum disease. Some bleeding can happen when you haven’t brushed or flossed in some time, but if this is recurring you should have an emergency exam with your dentist.
Bad taste in mouth
If you notice your mouth constantly tastes bad or exudes a foul odor beyond morning breath, you should have a dentist take a look. If a tooth is decayed or infected it can emit toxins that smell and taste unpleasant.
If you notice the area around your jaw and neck have begun to swell, this can be a serious sign of infection. You should seek treatment to make sure that if it is an infection, it can be stopped before spreading to other parts of the body - notably the brain.