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Unfortunately, toothaches plague many smiles in the world today, causing extreme pain and discomfort. If you’re one of these people, you probably have many questions, including how to relieve the throbbing. So, to help you, our dentist, Dr. Tao Sun, would like to answer your questions by answering commonly asked questions about toothaches in Costa Mesa, California.

What causes a toothache?
There are many things that could cause a toothache. The first is something like a stubborn food particle that is stuck between your teeth or in your gums. The second is a cavity. The third is an infection in the gums or an abscessed tooth. The fourth is a cracked tooth. The fifth is a sinus infection.

How can I relieve a toothache?
For something as simple as a stuck food particle, use floss to pry it out. You can also rinse with saltwater to kill any bacteria that could be attacking the tooth and adding to the pain. For more serious issues, like a cavity, abscessed tooth, cracked tooth, and gum infection, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. For a sinus infection, feel free to visit your physician.

How can I prevent toothaches in the future?
One of the best ways to prevent toothaches is to take good care of your teeth, gums, and smile. This means you need to keep up on oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, rinsing, and visiting your dentist) and wear a mouthguard while you participate in high-contact sports and activities (this can help you prevent oral injury).

Would you like to know more or do you have additional questions that were not answered? If so, please contact Tao Sun, DDS today at 949-645-8887 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!