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By Steinbach Dental
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay   gum disease   Toothache  

ToothacheToothaches are one of the most common dental problems are commonly a sign of a cavity or advanced tooth decay, but there are a number of additional potential causes that can cause a toothache. Regardless of the cause, tooth pain is usually a sign of a problem and should not be ignored. When caused by an infection or gum (periodontal) disease, toothaches are a signal that you may need immediate treatment to prevent potentially serious damage or complications. The dentists at Steinbach Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Thomas Steinbach and Dr. Elizabeth Sievers, offer emergency dental treatment and services in Brookfield, WI.

Toothache Relief and Treatment in Brookfield, WI

Toothaches are generally considered a dental emergency, especially if they occur after trauma or an accident, or if they are accompanied with signs of an infection (always seek emergency medical treatment for severe injuries or excessive bleeding following an accident or injury or if you have a high fever). The most common causes of toothaches and jaw pain include:

  • Cavities and tooth decay
  • Wisdom teeth
  • Infection/abscess
  • Cracks/fractures
  • Sensitivity to hot/cold/certain foods
  • Grinding/clenching your teeth and jaw
  • Gum disease
  • Bite or alignment problems (also known as malocclusions)

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment

Although some dental problems may be unavoidable, there are a number of precautions that everyone can (and should) take to lower the risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Start with a good oral hygiene routine which includes brushing at least twice a day, preferably after meals, and flossing at least once a day (hint: any time of day is fine as long as you are consistent).

Preventive dental care is also crucial for your oral and overall health. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a checkup and professional dental cleaning every six months. Additionally, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Find a Dentist Brookfield, WI

For more information about tooth decay and gum disease prevention and treatment, contact Steinbach Dental by calling 262-781-0080 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Sievers today.