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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Toothache

August 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ellicottcitysmiles @ 4:16 pm
Woman suffering from a toothache.

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them; and they often occur when it’s incredibly inconvenient! But sometimes, something like a toothache might not seem very urgent or bothersome—so is it okay to ignore it? Not at all! Here’s more from your emergency dentist about what causes toothaches and how they can lead to some pretty severe consequences if left untreated.

What Causes Toothaches?

There are many different reasons for a toothache, but most of them can be traced back to improper oral care that has led to a deep cavity. It can stem from not brushing enough, overconsumption of sugary foods and drinks, or infection from other sources that lead to bacteria harboring in the mouth. As tooth decay penetrates deeper into the tooth, it irritates and infects the nerves which respond by sending pain signals to your brain.

How Can Toothaches Turn Deadly?

In some instances, toothaches aren’t accompanied by very much pain at all; but this doesn’t mean the infection will heal on its own, nor does it mean that you should forgo seeking treatment! At first glance, a cavity might seem like it’s a small and localized issue. But the infection is easily capable of spreading beyond your tooth and entering your bloodstream. Needless to say, if this happens, your whole entire body is susceptible to all sorts of problems including sepsis, respiratory issues, meningitis, and more.

What Should I Do About My Toothache?

Fortunately, you don’t have to pointlessly suffer from a toothache; help is available! If you’re experiencing tooth pain and are afflicted by any common toothache symptoms, you should contact your emergency dentist and inform them of the situation. Seeking treatment quickly won’t just provide you with pain relief; it’ll eliminate the root of the issue and prevent it from getting worse. Don’t hesitate to seek treatment for the following signs and symptoms of a toothache:

  • Constant throbbing and/or swelling at the location of the pain.
  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks.
  • Difficulty biting or chewing.
  • Bad breath or foul taste in mouth.
  • Headaches or dizziness.
  • Fevers or chills.

A toothache doesn’t always put you at risk for severe health issues; but not seeking treatment for it eventually will. That said, if you’re suffering from a toothache, don’t think you can tough it out—contact your emergency dentist and get yourself the relief you need.

About the Practice

Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group is honored to serve patients and families in the Ellicott City, MD area under the leadership of four skilled specialists: Dr. Reza Modarres, Dr. Monica Tiu, Dr. Navpreet Kaur Khatra, and Dr. Nesreen Sabah. The practice is proud to offer a wide range of available services including emergency dentistry. If you or a loved one is suffering from a severe toothache, don’t hesitate to make an appointment: (410) 465-3224.

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