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Toothaches can appear at any point in a person’s life. They can cause anything from very little pain to debilitating pain to make even speaking or moving your jaw excruciating. Inside your tooth’s root is a substance called pulp. Pulp contains your nerve endings. A toothache is typically caused by damage to these nerve endings. A toothache can be a sign that you have a cavity, abscess, or other dental emergency.

Not all “toothaches” are strictly linked to pain. They could be more visual in nature. If you notice an abscess around a tooth, your pulp may be damaged. Rashes on your face, high fevers, irregular chills, and noticeable discharge are all common signs and symptoms of a toothache. If you feel your pulp may be infected or damaged, speak with your dentist at Philippe Athuil, DDS as soon as possible to check for possible signs of a major dental emergency.

If you do feel pain, gently rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water–not cold or hot. Then, carefully use an interdental cleaner, such as floss, to remove any food particles stuck between your teeth. If the pain continues, call your dentist immediately. DON’T apply aspirin directly to the affected area, as this can burn your gum tissue. You may, however, take oral pain-relief medications according to proper medical direction.

If you continue to feel pain in the tooth even after taking pain-relieving medications, you may have damage to the pulp. This may also be the case if pain continues more than 24 hours after a tooth has been knocked out or extracted.
If you would like to schedule an oral exam in Beverly Hills, California, call Philippe Athuil, DDS at 310-286-2241. Dr. Philippe Athuil and our entire team look forward to making your smile shine!