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Toothaches can happen at nearly any age. They can mean very little discomfort or intense throbbing. The question is, why does it hurt and what can you do?

Within your tooth’s root is a small area called pulp which contains soft tissue. This pulp helps your teeth to grow and stay healthy. A toothache is often caused by an infection of this tissue. It can be a sign that you have a cavity, abscess, or another dental emergency.

If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. Then gently use floss or another interdental cleaner to remove any food particles stuck between your teeth. If the pain endures, call your dentist. DO NOT apply aspirin to the affected area; that might burn your gum tissue.

If you feel tooth pain, even after you’ve taken pain-relieving medications, you may experience damage to your tooth pulp. This may also be the case if you feel pain more than 24 hours after a tooth has been knocked out or extracted.

Not all toothaches are stringently related to pain. They could be more visual in nature. If you see an abscess around a tooth, your pulp may be damaged. Facial rashes, high fevers, irregular chills, and perceptible discharge are all common symptoms of a toothache. If you think your pulp might be infected or damaged, talk with your dentist as soon as possible to check for probable signs of a major dental emergency.

If you would like to book an oral exam at Stanford Dental, simply call our dentist office in Ballwin, Missouri, at our number 636-256-3559. Dr. James Stanford and our entire team look forward to helping you!