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A toothache is often described as a pain within a tooth or gums. Ignoring a toothache or dismissing it without having our Jolly Family Dentistry team examine the tooth is always a dangerous proposition.

If the toothache is related to an accidental fall, blow to the face, or other oral trauma, it might have caused significant damage to the interior structures of the tooth. If you have blood and debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. Rinsing could also have the added benefit of soothing sore and injured gums.

If the toothache pain isn’t linked to a recent accident or trauma, and if the pain continues to escalate, it could be a sign of infection or advanced tooth decay. This is even more likely if that tooth has recently developed a cavity, an unexplained fracture or a lost filling.

You can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic for some temporary relief. If the toothache was caused by trauma and there is swelling in your lip or cheek, you can hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.

If you have a toothache in Little Rock, Arkansas, you should not delay in calling Jolly Family Dentistry at 501.228.6360 to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Rebecca Barfield.