A toothache rarely occurs without cause. Some common causes of toothache include; tooth fractures, tooth decay, tooth trauma, and wisdom teeth eruption. Impacted food can cause discomfort and sometimes can be dislodged using a toothbrush, a clean finger, or dental floss. If pain persists, contact your dentist. How you can help:

1. Cleanse the area using warm water. Do not medicate or warm the affected tooth or adjacent gum area.

2. Check for impacted food and remove it as necessary.

3. Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling.

4. Use over the counter medications as needed.

5. Contact the dentist to seek advice.