No matter how often you brush or floss your teeth, sometimes a toothache is inevitable. Usually a cavity is to blame, but there are some other alternative causes of a toothache. Here are 3 causes to look for before you call the dentist.
1. Tooth Sensitivity.
If you are experiencing sharp pains when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, it could mean you have a cavity. It may also be a sign that you may have sensitive teeth, either from receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel. A soft-bristled toothbrush is a must and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may help ease the symptoms.
2. Cracked tooth or an infection.
If the pain you are experiencing is a sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down on your food, the cause of your toothache could be a cracked tooth. If it’s a throbbing, incessant pain, on the other hand, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection that should be taken care of as quickly as possible.
3. Sinus infection.
One less common, but significant cause of tooth pain is a sinus infection. If only your upper teeth on both sides of your face are in pain, sinusitis could be the culprit. This sort of toothache is usually accompanied or preceded by nasal congestion and tenderness around your sinuses.
Make an Appointment
A toothache that comes and goes may seem like just an inconvenience and not worth an immediate call to the dental office, but waiting until the pain becomes worse is rarely the best option. Whatever the type and severity of your tooth pain, it is best to call your dentist right away and make an appointment.
The causes of toothaches are not always clear, and a conclusive diagnosis as to the source of the pain and subsequent professional treatment is always the best course of action.
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