A toothache refers to any sort of pain that starts near a person’s teeth, gums or jaw. And this kind of pain is typically jaw droppingly painful. They’re caused by cracked teeth, cavities, exposed roots, and nerves. In rare cases, infections in the ears and sinuses and even heart disease can result in infections that make your tooth or mouth hurt. However, the most common cause of toothaches in patients today is a simple dental cavity. Simple, but painful.

First thing you should do: call the dentist.

Incredibly some people don’t. Instead they’ll try any number of home remedies when the problem is usually a cavity or a broken crown and will only make the problem worse the longer you insist on chewing a garlic clove (good luck on your love life) or chewing onions (maybe you don’t have a love life), sucking on lemons or limes (which can be eye popping if lemon juice squeezes into a cavity) or just insist on plowing through the pain and trying to ignore it.

“Why do I have a migraine?”

Because you decided to chew garlic and not call the dentist. One of the main causes of migraine headaches is an extended toothache. Our faces contain thousands of nerves and muscles, which transmit senses (such as pain) back and forth between our brain and the nervous system. Almost all headaches and toothaches are detected by one of the largest nerves in the head, the trigeminal nerve. Due to this connection, most toothaches can be direct causes of headaches. Other reactions to toothaches, such as muscle clenching and jaw tightening, can eventually lead to headaches, as well. So, while you may feel like you can handle the pain of a normal toothache, you still should seek treatment before it leads to an even bigger problem.

The best way to cure a toothache.

Let’s see, what ever could that be. Oh! Here’s a thought . . . call the dentist! When you come into Mint, our dentists focus a great deal on making patients feel comfortable and at ease. Oral anesthetics, sedation therapy, and nitrous oxide make many routine, in-office procedures virtually pain-free.

But the best idea is to avoid toothaches and the best way to do that is with proper dental hygiene such as brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at Mint.