How Prepared Are You and Your Child for a Dental Emergency?

Children like their lives dynamic and vigorous. That said, falls, trips, slips, and minor injuries come as no surprise to active little ones.

But, just because it is natural for young kids to fall and hurt themselves at times doesn’t mean parents don’t have to care much about their injuries and accidents. Some accidents or mishaps can occur at unexpected times like dental emergencies.

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Tooth Pain? Cavity is Not Always to Be Blamed for This

So, you’ve been experiencing tooth pain lately.

Getting into an oral care routine have always been advised by dental health experts so as to maintain healthy teeth and a care-free smile.

However, no matter how careful you are about your oral health and hygiene, at some point in life, you may happen to incur the discomfort of tooth pain. And before you hold cavity accountable for your toothache, you must know that cavity isn’t the only cause.

There are several possible problems besides cavity (tooth decay) that lead to mild to severe tooth pain. Let’s take a look at them.

Tooth Sensitivity

Experiencing a severe discomfort or pain in the teeth when consuming hot or cold beverages or foods indicate that you have sensitive teeth.

Sensitivity in teeth may result from tooth decay, a loose filling, thinning of the tooth enamel or receding gums and doesn’t usually cause much problem if the discomfort lasts only a few moments.

Abscessed Teeth

If you’re bothered by a throbbing, continuous pain in the teeth, you might have a tooth abscess (infection) in or around the root of teeth. A tooth infection is a puss-filled swelling caused when the pus from the infected tooth pulp spreads into the surrounding periodontal tissues and bone causing significant pain.

In addition, a periodontal abscess, which is an infection in the gums and the surrounding tissues, can also result in an incessant tooth pain.

Sinus Infection

People with a sinus infection often complaint about a dull, throbbing pain on the both sides of the upper teeth which are also referred as a sinus toothache. While sinus is a less common cause of a toothache, the pain in the sinus area is significant and may require you to see the dentist.

 

In addition, an abnormal bite, chipped or broken teeth, and repetitive grinding and chewing are some other conditions that trigger tooth pain.

Toothaches may not necessarily be acute and life-threatening. But waiting for the little inconvenience or discomfort to develop into a serious condition should be the last thing to consider.

So, it is advisable to see your dentist regardless of the type and severity of your pain.

Take preventive measures to avoid tooth pain

The pain caused by a toothache is considered to be one of most notorious of its type, which may have caused by dental decay, plaque, gum disease or an injury/loss of tooth. You do think about getting it treated as soon as possible, but a busy timetable delays the dentist appointment. Sometimes, even if you manage to take out some time, waiting in long queues or getting an appointment after a week or so, leads to an unbearable tooth pain and the situation gets worse. As a precautionary measure, it’s better to schedule regular dentist visits and increase your knowledge on this subject which may be related to its symptoms, causes and treatment.

Here are few precautionary measures you must adopt to avoid these common dental complications:

  • Gum Diseases- Gingivitis and Periodontitis are the main cause of tooth loss in elderly people, regular check-ups and brushing of teeth twice a day may prevent the infection to spread.
  • Dental Abscess- Use of medicinal drugs like Ibuprofen/Paracetamol and warm rinses with water are pretty helpful in draining out the puss. In case of intolerable teeth pain, contact an Emergency dentist.
  • Cavity- Regular brushing of teeth and maintaining oral hygiene has to be followed in order to avoid the bacterial infection. If worsened, consult your dentist ASAP!
  • Mouth Sores- Usually the canker sores are healed over a period of time, although experts do suggest a number of treatments for its cure.
  • Tooth Sensitivity- Make use of fluoride toothpaste, if your teeth are sensitive towards temperature (hot and cold) and taste (sweet, sour etc.)

These complications are also a reason for bad breath, and using mouthwash will only eliminate the smell for a short duration of time, but that isn’t a permanent cure. Although, majority of dental problems can be taken care by regular brushing of teeth, flossing and dental clean-up, but it’s also important to keep the contact details of an Emergency dentist handy in case of any Dental Emergency.