I have a toothache! What should I do?

I have a toothache! What should I do?

There are number of causes of toothache other than tooth decay which is the primary cause of toothache for most children and adults. Other possible causes of toothache can include:

* An accumulation of food and debris between your teeth, especially if teeth have spacing between them
* Infection in the gums or at the root of the tooth
* Trauma to the tooth, including injury or grinding your teeth
* Sudden fracture of the tooth or tooth root
* A split in the tooth that occurs over time
* Tooth eruption through the gums
* Sinus infection that can be felt as pain in the teeth

While it may quite frustrating to have a toothache, it is critical to see your dentist at your earliest convenience. Until you can see your dentist, try these self-care tips to temporarily relief pain:

* Rinse your mouth with warm salty water
* Take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to dull the ache
* If the toothache is caused by trauma to the tooth, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek
* Try not to bite any hard food with the offending tooth

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