5 Myths about Toothaches
Ryan McCall, DDS
Pain is not something to be ignored. With access to the internet and it’s wealth of knowledge, it is important that we can separate fact from fiction at McCall Dentures on the key issue of toothaches. Knowing the myths behind toothaches can help you make a logical, informed decision about your oral health – we care about people, not just teeth 😉
Here are the 7 most common misconceptions we hear at McCall Dentures
MYTH 1: If I have a toothache, I have a cavity.
Not necessarily. While most toothaches are caused by decay, or a cavity, this is not always the case. Other causes can include grinding, fracture, nerve problems, issues with your bite, chipped and or cracked teeth. Many times your wisdom teeth can lead to headaches, mouth pain and even infection.
MYTH 2: If I’m not in pain, then the problem went away.
Many times the nerve ending dies and tooth pain goes away, patients then assume that the worst is over. Avoiding this is a major key to good oral health. When the nerve ending dies, the infected tissue can multiple at the tip of the tooth leading to a potentially life altering abscess, or facial infection. If left untreated infections can also lead to more serious issues such as heart trouble.
MYTH 3: I can just put aspirin on it.
When taken correctly aspirin can help relieve pain. That means swallowing it with water. Aspirin should not be used on your tooth, and can lead to burning of the gums, mouth, and possibly tongue. These burns can be painful and take many days to heal. Swallow the aspirin!
MYTH 4: Toothache, just take it out!.
If root-canal therapy isn’t a option for your tooth pain, then we begin to look at other options such as dental implants. These titanium screws are placed in the jawbone and can help secure your denture, or replace just a single missing tooth. It’s easiest to describe the multiple options in person at a free consultation. There we can sit down and go over the various options to replace your decayed or missing teeth with dental implants.
MYTH 5: I’ll just use Orajel, cloves, and do oil pulling.
While this may benefit your overall health, unfortunately cloves and oil pulling do not cure the underlying cause of tooth pain. They may provide a temporary numbing, but this doesn’t address the ongoing issue.
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