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Have you ever drank something cold and felt a sudden, shooting pain? As you probably know, having a toothache is a miserable experience and is something to be avoided. In fact, most people strive to avoid them. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fight and prevent toothaches.

Toothaches can be caused by a variety of problems. Some of the most common problems include tooth decay, bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), infection, dietary habits, and lackluster oral care. Still, of all these causes, tooth decay is the most common, especially when bacteria eats away your enamel.

Unfortunately, aside from pain, toothaches can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as irritation, a bad taste in your mouth, a fever, and headaches. Generally, if your tooth aches, you should visit our dentist, but if you are experiencing any of these symptoms as well, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us immediately.

Still, what do you do after you’ve scheduled an appointment, especially if you aren’t able to visit your dentist for some time? There are a few things you can try that should help alleviate your discomfort. Pain killers can always help, but putting a warm compress or fresh cloves on the sore area can also be beneficial. Still, please remember to visit your dentist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Northridge Dental Group at 818-886-6100. Dr. Shahdad Arami and out team are eager to hear from you.