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Parties and dinners, photos and cards, friends and family–the holiday season can be magical! And hectic. It’s easy to let the little things slide, and for your oral health, that could mean a toothache. That can really throw a wrench in your holiday plans! Let’s take a look at what a toothache could mean, and what you can do about them.

First, where is the pain coming from? Inside your tooth is a small area called pulp. The pulp contains your nerve endings. A toothache is often caused by damage to the nerve endings inside the pulp. This can be a sign of an oral emergency, such as a cavity or an abscess.

Toothaches need to be treated by a dentist, but before you go, there are some things you can do to try and reduce the discomfort. Carefully rinse your mouth out with warm water (not cold or hot). Then, gently floss around the tooth in question. Do NOT use non-ADA-approved materials to clean between teeth. All interdental cleaners need to be ADA approved, or they could cause greater damage to your teeth. After flossing, if the pain continues, call your dentist.

If you continue to feel pain in a tooth even after taking these measures, you may have damage to the pulp in your tooth.Call iSmile in Salt Lake City, Utah at 855-438-4764 to address your situation. Dr. Jade Moellendorf and our team are happy to help!