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Parties, dinners, gift exchanges, friends, and family. The holiday season, with all its magic, can also be a little hectic! But if you let the little things slide in your oral health, that could mean a toothache–which can really throw a wrench in your holiday plans! Let’s take a look at what a toothache could mean.

First, what is causing the tooth to hurt? There is an area inside your teeth called pulp, which contains your nerve endings. A toothache often results from damage to the nerve endings inside the pulp. Thus, a toothache can be a sign of an oral emergency, such as a cavity, a crack, or an abscess.

Toothaches need to be treated by a dentist, to catch and treat any problems indicated by the toothache. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Before you go, there are some things you can do to attempt to reduce the discomfort. Rinse your mouth carefully with lukewarm water. Afterwards, gently floss all around the tooth that hurts. This will remove any plaque or debris that could be caught between teeth. Never use non-ADA-approved materials to clean between teeth. Non-ADA-approved materials can cause greater damage to your teeth. If the pain continues after flossing, call your dentist.

If you have a toothache, call North Forest Family Dental Care in The Woodlands, Texas at 936-271-3338 to address your situation. Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue and our team are happy to help!