February 5, 2016

Did you know that February 9th is National Toothache Day? This day calls attention to a common dental complaint. Dr. Joseph Amalfitano, a periodontist treating gum disease in Traverse City, MI, has helped many people address this particular concern. Teeth can ache for several reasons; this painful sensation may be the first clue that a deeper, more serious oral health concern is developing. For this reason, you should take persistent or worsening tooth pain seriously. Tell your family dentist about your symptoms. If gum disease is causing your toothaches, there are some excellent treatments available from the Amalfitano Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics.


Managing Toothaches


Because toothaches can be caused by a variety of conditions, you might need to try more than one strategy before you find relief. Also, if a toothache is related to a serious underlying condition then you may not be successful at finding a good relief solution. That said, here are a few toothache remedies you can try:


  • Over-the-counter dental pain relievers. Pain relieving products especially designed for gum, tooth, and general oral pain can be purchased at any drug store. Apply according to the manufacturer’s directions for short-term pain relief.
  • Carefully clean around the affected tooth. Small particles of food can get stuck between teeth or between tooth enamel and gum tissue. A gentle, thorough brushing followed by flossing can dislodge these food particles and bring rapid relief.
  • Use a mouth guard at night. People who clench their jaws at night or who grind their teeth while sleeping may experience toothaches during the day. Many people are unaware of their nighttime habits. A mouth guard can be purchased from a drug store and prepared at home.


Seek Professional Care


If toothaches are persistent or get worse, talk to a dentist or periodontist. Dr. Amalfitano can help your teeth and gums feel a lot better. Make an appointment by calling (231) 480-4377.




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