During the month of February, the stores are full of treats to enjoy for Valentine’s Day, couples are making reservations at their favorite restaurant, and single friends are making plans together. While everyone is celebrating love, we are preparing for another holiday that is celebrated this month on February 9th — National Toothache Day. While it sounds like this day is honoring the pain and discomfort associated with tooth decay, it is actually the opposite. National Toothache Day brings awareness to the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene to avoid a toothache.
Toothaches can range from mildly annoying to downright painful. How do you know when you should call the dentist to have it checked out? Dental cavities are a typical cause of tooth pain. In more extreme cases, the dental pulp—the inside of your tooth—becomes infected due to a crack or injury, which allows bacteria and germs to get in and cause issues.
It’s common to experience a toothache, but how do you know when your dental issue is an emergency? It’s considered a dental emergency if you have the following symptoms: