causes of tooth painORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL

When it comes to pain in your mouth, it can quickly become a distraction to your daily activities. The irritation can sometimes create emotional responses as well. While an occasional zing in your tooth may be easily forgotten, a throbbing ache means that it is time to call an Orange City emergency dentist for an examination and find out the cause for the pain. Today on the blog, Dr. Soule is sharing four common causes of toothaches, and what you can do about it.

Exposed Dentin

Enamel is the protective, outer layer of your teeth. When it is worn away, it exposes the dentin layer, which is more sensitive to temperature changes, and bacteria. Enamel erosion may cause sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. When you experience tooth sensitivity, contact your Deltona emergency dentist, Terry Soule, DDS, for immediate care.You shouldn’t ignore even occasional tooth sensitivity because you could be dealing with something much worse, such as a cavity, which only will get worse without treatment. Exposed dentin may require a filling, or dental crown to provide a protective coating over the tooth.

Gum Disease

A common cause of toothaches is gum disease. While the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, typically does not cause tooth pain, it can cause sensitive gums that bleed easily. If not treated, gingivitis progresses into periodontitis. Eventually, it exposes the roots of the teeth and can lead to widespread pain throughout the mouth. Gum disease also increases the risk of cavities. It can only be managed with professional dental treatment.

An Infected Tooth

If bacteria reach the inside of the tooth, it will infect the pulp or the nerves of the tooth. When this tissue is affected, it can cause severe inflammation that can become quite painful. At this point, a root canal is likely the only treatment that will save your tooth, and stop the pain. If you believe that you have an infected tooth or an abscessed tooth, contact your emergency dentist in Deltona, Terry Soule, DDS, for immediate care. An untreated infection like this could become life threatening, as the infection could spread to your brain or your heart.

Impacted Tooth

As you grow and your body develops, your teeth do not stay in the same place throughout your life. When a tooth is trying to move from one place to another and encounters another tooth, it can cause overcrowding, which often is the case with impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth can cause severe pain and will require treatment from a DeBary emergency dentist to treat the condition by extracting the impacted teeth.

How to avoid toothaches

The most proven way of preventing toothaches is with proper oral care. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once daily, and visiting your board-certified dentist for regular check-ups are the best practices for maintaining your oral health. Also, avoiding sugar-filled foods and beverages and quitting smoking can help prevent damage to your teeth and gums. Eating a diet filled with healthy, natural fruits and vegetables will keep your teeth strong while providing vital nutrients for your overall health.

If you are suffering from a toothache or pain in your mouth, feel free to reach out to Terry Soule, DDS, at (386) 775-1552 for emergency dental care in the DeBary, Deltona, or Orange City, Florida.