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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
February 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  

What your dentists in Haworth, New Jersey want you to knowtoothache

Toothaches are an unpleasant, but very common experience. There are many reasons why you might have a toothache, and it’s important to know what you can do to find relief from the pain. Your dentists at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, New Jersey want to share the facts about toothaches.

For general dental pain, you can try something as simple and non-invasive as cleaning your mouth. Gently brush and floss the area to remove any debris or plaque. Brushing and flossing can also help to reduce swelling in your gums caused by inflammation. You can also try rinsing your mouth with a saline solution and applying cold packs to your face in the affected area. Over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol can also be helpful.

Many toothaches are caused by tooth decay or dental trauma, which need to be taken care of by your dentist. You should make an appointment with your dentists at Gentle Dentistry if you experience:

  • Pain that lingers more than one or two days
  • Fever, earache or swelling in your gums or face
  • Severe pain when you open and close your mouth
  • Severe pain that keeps you from sleeping

When you visit your dentist in Haworth, they will take x-rays and do some testing to find the cause of your tooth pain. Many toothaches can be relieved with just a simple filling. Pain from deep dental decay can often be relieved by root canal treatment. Whatever the cause of your toothache, your dentists at Gentle Dentistry can help.

Don’t let your toothache take over your life. You deserve a lifetime of healthy smiles without worrying about dental pain. For more information about toothaches and other dental issues, call your dentists at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, New Jersey. Get some relief from your toothache by calling today!

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
December 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  
WhattoDoAboutYourChildsToothacheBeforeSeeingtheDentist

If your child begins complaining of tooth pain without an accompanying fever or facial swelling, it’s likely not an emergency. Still, you should have us check it—and the sooner the better if the pain persists or keeps your child up at night. There are a number of possible causes, any of which if untreated could be detrimental to their dental health.

Before coming in, though, you can do a cursory check of your child’s mouth to see if you notice any abnormalities. The most common cause for a toothache is tooth decay, which you might be able to see evidence of in the form of cavities or brown spots on the tooth’s biting surfaces. If you notice swollen or reddened gums around a tooth, this could be a possible sign of a localized area of infection known as an abscess. You should also ask your child if they fell or were hit in the mouth and look for any signs of an injury.

If you don’t see anything unusual, there may be another cause—stuck food like popcorn or candy lodged and exerting painful pressure on the gum tissue or tooth. You may be able to intervene in this case: gently floss around the affected tooth to try to dislodge any food particles. The pain may ease if you’re able to remove any. Even so, if you see abnormalities in the mouth or the pain doesn’t subside, you should definitely plan to come in for an examination.

In the meantime, you can help ease discomfort with a child-appropriate dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. An ice pack against the outside jaw may also help, but be careful not to apply ice directly to the skin. And under no circumstances rub aspirin or other painkiller directly on the gums—like ice, these products can burn the skin. If these efforts don’t help you should try to see us the same day or first thing the next morning for advanced treatment.

The main thing is not to panic. Knowing what to look for and when to see us will help ensure your child’s tooth pain will be cared for promptly.

If you would like more information on handling dental issues with your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child’s Toothache.”