Dealing With Cavities And Toothaches

Dealing with cavities is never fun and not getting them taken care of promptly can lead to worse damage that can lead to the need for more invasive treatments. The information here will help you recognize the signs of a cavity so you can get treatment right away. It will also offer tips on preventing toothaches and caring for them should you get one before you are able to get in to the dentist.

What are the signs of a cavity?

A cavity occurs when the outside layers of your teeth, which is referred to as the enamel, becomes damaged due to exposure to plaque build-up. The first signs that you may have a cavity will be sensitivity to certain foods, such as hot, cold, and sweet foods. If you look closely, you may be able to see the cavity in your tooth, it will look like a small hole in the tooth or dark spot.

How can you prevent toothaches?

When you have a cavity, there are things that you will be able to do to help prevent the onset of a toothache. The first thing you want to dos to void consuming foods or drinks that are hot or cold. Also, sweet and acidy foods should be avoided.

Try not to put too much pressure on that tooth while you are eating or brushing your teeth.  Keeping your mouth as clean as possible can also help prevent a toothache by keeping it from getting worse. You may want to switch to a soft toothbrush until you can get the cavity taken care of. Also, harsh mouthwash may cause pain in the tooth, so consider switching to a milder one.

What can you do if you get a toothache?

If you get a toothache then one of the quickest ways you can get relief is to bite on a piece of ice until it melts. While coldness can bring on tooth pain, in the case of a full-blown ache it will help by numbing the area so you can get relief. You can also soak a piece of cotton in some clove oil and place the cotton on and next to the affected tooth for pain relief.

Now that you have a better understanding of how to prevent cavities and what to do with regards to toothaches, you can take better care of your teeth and treat any tooth ache you may have. For assistance, see a dentist.