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Tooth Ache

Many dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. This will prevent tooth decay which is the number one cause of tooth aches. Special tooth brushes are available to help rid any plaque build up on the teeth. Once plaque accumulates this can cause bacteria to form and in turn, gum disease. Cavities that have grown and reach the nerve of your tooth are the most painful. If this is not taken care of right away, the cavity will continue to grow and you may end up needing a root canal or tooth extraction.

At the first sign of a tooth ache, you will want to call your dentist for an appointment. Most dentists will get you in for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. It is recommended that you do not use pain killers or aspirin directly on the tooth since this can cause your gum tissue to burn. Rinse your mouth with plenty of water. You also may want to floss gently around the tooth. Sometimes food particles stuck between teeth can be causing pressure on your teeth which can feel like a tooth ache. Tooth aches can result for several reasons. If you've broken a tooth you will need to see the dentist right away. Aching from a broken tooth is usually temporary and the tooth can be fixed cosmetically.

If gum disease is the reason for your tooth ache, you may need to make several trips to the dental hygienist. Starting on a regular hygiene program is your best solution to healthy teeth and gums. Remember that dental problems do not go away by themselves. You will need to see a dentist for treatment. Your dentist will design a treatment plan specifically for you. Your best bet is to get regular check ups and cleanings to avoid any problems such as cavities and gum disease.