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A Guide to Toothache

Here at Harwood Dental Care, your local Bolton dental practice, we’re well-versed in all things dental – which includes some of the less desirable aspects, such as when you may experience toothache in your mouth or teeth. Here’s some advice on what causes toothache, what you can try to overcome it and how we can help.

Types of tootache

Toothache can present in lots of different ways, as it can be caused by different things. For example, if you’ve recently changed or started treatment for adult braces, you may experience some slight pressure on your teeth as they ‘get used to’ these new adult braces. This is to be expected, and should pass in a few days.

Sensitivity can also occur after teeth whitening, which can make your teeth tingle or twinge when exposed to extremes of temperature (such as a cold drink) or even when in contact with a sugary food or drink.

Of course, sometimes toothache can be a sign of infection, such as an abscess, or an injury – and in these situations, it’s advised to see your dentist as quickly as possible.

Treating tootache

Depending on what’s causing your toothache, and whether you’ll need treatment, there may be some things you can try at home. In situations where infection or injury has played a part, diluting salt in water and swilling it round your mouth can ease pain and aid healing while you wait to be seen. Medications, such as paracetamol, can provide some relief, and a cold compress held to the cheek may help soothe the area. It’s always best to visit your dentist if you’re unsure or in severe pain, especially as you may need urgent treatment. It is also always best to visit your dentist regularly to prevent dental issues.

How we can help

At Harwood Dental Care, our dentists put our patients first and focus on making them feel comfortable, happy and in control. If you have toothache that’s severe and requires emergency treatment from a dentist, we’ll aim to see you as quickly as possible. In cases where a treatment, such as adult braces or teeth whitening, has caused a problem, it’s likely this is just a temporary situation and will ease over time.

Booking in for treatment

If you’re unsure about whether you need treatment, or on the other hand, you’re certain you do, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team here in Bolton. We pride ourselves on our level of patient care and our successful treatment record, and will do all we can to help you, too. Click here to get in touch today.

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