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Many people tend to ignore a toothache until it becomes almost unbearable. Generally, this is considered a mistake because it’s important to address a toothache as soon as possible. You see, toothaches generally don’t go away without professional help. But did you know why a toothache could become worse?

You have several different nerves that run through your mouth and cause irritation if damaged. Because of this, you could experience discomfort that fades almost immediately if you bite into something hot or cold, or intense lingering pain, depending on the nature of the damage. Please note that more severe issues won’t heal naturally. This is because your teeth are closed retainers with restricted blood supply.

There are a number of things you can try to attain immediate relief—but these options should not take the place of visiting your dentist. You might be able to use pain relievers such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. However, despite what you may have heard, please remember to avoid putting this medication on your tooth itself. Doing so could actually damage your gums. Garlic and onions also have antibiotic properties, meaning eating these goods could offer some relief. You could also consider placing oil from cloves on a cotton swab and placing the swab on your teeth. Warm salt water could also relieve your discomfort.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you deal with a toothache, please contact Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. at (949) 729.9950. Dr. Douglas Hauck and our team will examine the health of your mouth and offer you any personalized advice you may need. We’re eager to hear from you soon.