Can flossing help a toothache?

Every once in a while you may find a remaining sliver of popcorn kernel wedged in your gums. Sharp and painful, it digs close to the nerves leading to your tooth. This type of toothache can easily be resolved with flossing and a follow up rinse with warm saltwater (a method to prevent infection and promote healing).

Tooth Decay

Wedged food might be a quick-made enemy with a fast fix, but the most common culprit of toothache is tooth decay.  When particles and plaque build up around your teeth, the bacteria they carry eats away at your enamel. This opens the barriers to your nerves for heightened sensitivity to the area.

Some Steps to Take

Flossing is more than an immediate fix for removing an unwelcome guest in your gums.  Flossing is one of the best preventative tools for toothache if done properly.  Every day you go without flossing, plaque and debris build into a prime host for bacteria aiming at your nerves. 

Flossing is extremely beneficial for your dental health, but it's possible to do so incorrectly.  Dig at debris too aggressively, for instance, and you could damage your gums. When flossing, there are a few important rules Dr. Michael Z. Hopkins and Dr. Robert Quan encourage their patients to abide by:

1. Always brush first.

2. Be gentle on your gums, sliding back and forth to pickup debris and plaque.

3. Floss often (once a day recommended).

Still Hurting?

If you're past the point of preventative measures, flossing will not cure your toothache or decay, but it will prevent it from progressing further.

If you're experiencing a persistent toothache, or need advice on how to properly care for your teeth, our team at Beachfront Dentistry is here to help so you can stay relaxed. Take the weight off of your shoulders and put your long-term dental health into the caring hands of our team of professionals.

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