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Derek Reffin

I have been a patient at Dental fx for the last 3 years and can truthfully say it has been a most positive experience.

Derek Reffin
16 January 2016
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When we talk about 'having toothache' we are usually referring to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that's usually (although not exclusively) caused by tooth decay. Toothache can range from mild to severe, with everything in between. The pain can feel sharp, can often be worse at night time when we lie down and it can often be difficult to locate exactly which tooth/teeth is involved. We can sometimes feel that the pain is coming from our ear or our sinuses when it is in fact coming from a lower molar or upper teeth. It is important to give us a call so that we can discuss possible options for you. It can be difficult to diagnose the cause of toothache over the phone so we would usually recommend that you book an appointment to see one of our dentists as soon as possible.

In order to treat your toothache, we will ask you to complete an up to date medical history to ensure you have no new medical conditions that we are unaware of. We will carry out an examination and ask you questions about the pain, such as when it started, how severe it is, where it is located, what makes it worse, and what makes it better. We may also take an x-ray if we feel this is necessary for accurate diagnosis and then we will treat the tooth/teeth accordingly.

Since most toothaches are the result of tooth decay, there are several good practices to adopt which will minimise the risk of tooth decay....... follow good oral hygiene practices such as brushing regularly (twice a day) with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, floss your teeth at least once a day, and visit us at Dental fx as often as advised for check-ups and dental cleaning and/or fluoride applications particularly in young children. Limiting the frequency and amount of sugar consumption is a big part in ensuring your teeth stay healthy for as long as possible.

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