Do you have a toothache? Would you like to know the cause? Consult the following list from your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, and see if you can find the cause of your toothache.
Common Toothache Causes
- An irritant between teeth. Many toothaches are the result of an irritant caught between teeth. The irritation causes pain, and when it is removed from between the teeth, the pain typically vanishes. Because irritants are such common causes of toothaches, it is a good idea to rinse the mouth with warm water and floss the affected area upon developing a toothache. Doing so can either relieve the pain or eliminate an irritant as one of the possible causes.
- Bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, occurs most often at night. Thus, people are often unaware of their damaging habit and the effect that it has on their teeth. As time passes, teeth may become sensitive because of the strain that they are subjected to on a nightly basis, and a toothache may result. If bruxism is not treated, teeth may eventually crack, chip, or break.
- Tooth decay. When bacteria attack teeth, they can cause significant damage. Sometimes the damage goes unnoticed, but other times it can result in a toothache. If you have a toothache that seems to linger, contact your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Locke, for dental care.
- A cracked tooth. A cracked tooth may go unnoticed because the crack may be too small to see without close observation. However, the cracked tooth is likely to make itself known through pain. In addition to producing a toothache, a cracked tooth will likely create a sharp pain during biting and chewing. If you notice these symptoms, seek prompt dental care.
Schedule a Visit with Your Waco TX Dentist
If you have a toothache that lingers, don’t ignore the pain. Contact our 76172 dental office today by calling 254-776-4888 to schedule an appointment with your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Locke. We proudly serve patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.