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Toothaches are inconvenient and quite painful. Typically, when people suffer from a toothache, they panic. If you are urged to do so, please stay calm. There are many reasons why you might have a toothache. The first thing you need to do is determine the underlying cause behind your pain. To help you, Dr. Michael Hollingsworth and our dental team would like to educate you on the common culprits.

One of the most common causes of a toothache is having a food particle or foreign object wedged between your teeth. If this is the case for you, it’s best to reach for some floss and try to free the object. You can also rinse your mouth, which might loosen it.

Additional common causes of a toothache are an infection or damaged dental work. An infection, like an abscess, can apply pressure to the nearby tooth and gums. This usually forms a bump in the gum tissue by the root of the tooth. A broken dental crown, dental bridge, or dental filling can also cause discomfort. If you’re experiencing an infection or broken dental work, it’s best to visit Dr. Michael Hollingsworth.

The last common cause of a toothache is decay. If you’re a victim of a cavity, it’s important to seek treatment from Dr. Michael Hollingsworth right away. You can usually tell if you have a cavity if brushing, flossing, and rinsing as well as swishing with saltwater does not help relieve the pain.

Once you determine the underlying cause, it’s important to take the steps necessary to treat the issue. If it’s the result from a serious dental problem, it’s imperative to call Dr. Michael Hollingsworth and schedule an appointment. When you call 816.232.8788, our dental team will be more than happy to help you relieve the pain and discomfort you feel.