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If your tooth throbs and your surrounding gums are full of pain, you have a toothache. Now, there are many things that could be causing your toothache, like something stuck between your teeth, the teeth grinding habit, a cavity, and more. Before you get too stressed about your toothache in Auburn Hills, Michigan, our dentist, Dr. Michael Tobola, encourages you to do a few things.

First, reach for your floss and clean around the area. If a food particle or foreign object was causing the pain, the toothache should disappear after you floss.

Second, relieve pain. You can do this by swishing a saltwater rinse. All you need to do is put a dash of salt in some water and then swish it around your mouth for about a minute. This can reduce swelling and even pull out bacteria from the gums. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the pain.

Third, ice outside the area. All you need to do is wrap an ice cube in a thin cloth and put it over the aching tooth or gums. You can also ice outside the cheek or lip that lies over the tooth with an ice pack. This can reduce any swelling and relieve pain.

If these tips do not help you and you have a persistent toothache for two or more days, it’s important to call Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 248-852-8766 and schedule an appointment. Our dental team will be happy to examine your smile and determine the underlying cause of a toothache. We look forward to helping you!