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Toothaches are awful. They can keep you from concentrating, complete daily tasks, and enjoying activities.  But what causes toothaches, and what can you do about it?
 
Toothaches typically mean you have a cavity, also called tooth decay. A cavity is the disintegration of areas of the enamel, or hard outer layer of your tooth.
 
In more rare but serious cases, a toothache could indicate an abscessed or impacted tooth. An abscessed tooth is infected in the soft tissue inside the tooth, which can lead to pulp death and serious damage to the surrounding tissues. An impacted tooth is one that remains stuck in gum or bone tissue, for various reasons. Any of these emergencies can cause a toothache. Contact your dentist immediately to diagnose these problems.
 
If a child is experiencing a toothache, check inside the mouth to make sure it is not the normal teething process, as some discomfort is to be expected. If the pain persists, call your dentist.
   
If you have a toothache, first rinse the mouth out with warm water. Then, gently use dental floss to remove any food particles stuck between the teeth. If the pain persists, talk to your dentist. DO NOT apply aspirin to the painful area, as that may burn the gum tissue.
 
The best way to help a toothache is to prevent it in the first place. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day, and scheduling regular dentist appointments can help prevent dental emergencies.
 
The faster your dentist can diagnose the issue, the more likely the tooth can be saved. So if you have a toothache, call Mid-Valley Dental Care at 818-886-3500 immediately!