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Frequently asked questions

While decay often is cited as the primary cause of a toothache, it's important for you to have a complete oral examination to determine the cause. Other dental causes of a toothache include: dental abscess (infection in the nerve of a tooth), gum diseases, grinding teeth (bruxism), previous tooth trauma and an abnormal bite. Tooth eruption may be the cause of tooth or jaw pain in babies and school-age-children. TMJ, sinus or ear infections, and tension in the facial muscles can cause discomfort that resembles a toothache, but often these health problems are accompanied by a headache. Pain around the teeth and the jaws can be symptoms of heart disease such as angina, If your dentist suspects a medical illness could be the cause of your toothache, he or she may refer you to a physician.

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Swelling around the tooth area
  • Pain when you bite
  • A foul-tasting discharge

Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth an jaws to improve one's smile and oral health. A dentist usually recommends braces to improve the patient's physical "orofacial" appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or under bites, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected.

Patients with orthodontics problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between ages 8 and 14, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more amenable to straightening. And braces aren't just for kids. Adults are increasingly wearing braces to correct minor problems and improve their smiles.

Buy a toothbrush with soft bristles. Medium and firm ones can damage teeth and gums. Use soft pressure, for 2 minutes, two times a day.

Yes, sweets and foods with acid, like candy and soda, could stick to teeth and lead to cavities. Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer and gum disease .