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If you have a toothache, you probably have some questions (including how to relieve the throbbing pain!). We would like to help you by offering some information on how to handle toothaches.

There are many reasons you could have a toothache. Some common reasons can include:

– infection in the gums
– an abscessed tooth
– food debris stuck in between teeth or in your gums
– a cavity
– a cracked tooth
– sinus infection

If you have a piece of food stuck in your teeth or gums, be careful. Use dental floss to gently remove the offending piece. NEVER use pointed instruments–including wooden toothpicks–to try and remove food particles from in between teeth. Swishing with salt water can also be beneficial.

For more serious times, including having a cavity, gum infection, or an abscessed or cracked tooth, visit your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. With the proper tools and technology, Dr. Sarah Frye can help you relieve the pain and discomfort. If you suspect a sinus infection, visit your physician.

To prevent toothaches in the future, follow the basics: brush twice a day for two minutes, floss once a day, and include over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwash at your dentist’s recommendation. You can also wear mouthguards when playing contact sports and activities to prevent oral injury. Visiting your dentist twice a year can let us check for signs of damage or decay in your teeth.

To schedule an appointment in Lexington, North Carolina, call us at 336.248.5057. Dr. Sarah Frye and our team look forward to seeing you!