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Dental Health Myth: It's Just a Toothache

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Your mouth can be a real pain from time to time, can’t it? You may feel a throbbing in your gums, or you may even taste or feel “seepage” coming from an offending tooth.

So what do you do? Should you ignore it, take some pain reliever and put a hot or cold compress on your cheek? Home remedies are all fine and good for minor aches and pains, but if something in your mouth is throbbing or seeping, it means business and needs medical attention. It could be a damaged tooth nerve, a gum infection, or excessive tooth decay and/or infection that could be causing the trouble. A dentist can diagnose and treat these concerns.

Infections in your mouth also could be dangerous because bacteria breeding in there can spread throughout your body, according to a Yahoo Health online article about “Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore.”

Treatment may include antibiotics, or a root canal depending on what’s going on. So see your dentist for the best possible outcome and more smiles afterward.

And did you know you should never directly apply aspirin to relieve tooth pain? The aspirin is acidic and can burn your gums causing more pain and damage than you bargained for.

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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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Its very rare that a pain or feeling in your mouth is nothing. You should get it checked out by a professional. Remember to see your dentist regularly.


May 20, 2012 - 4:56pm
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