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Toothaches seem to come and go mysteriously. They attack randomly and hurt profusely. Most people accept them as a random and uncontrollable disaster, but what are they, really? Can you fight a toothache? How?

Inside of every tooth, you have living tissue: veins, nerves, and an artery. You need these parts to sense the pressure and temperature of things that touch your teeth. Certain kinds of bacteria bore holes into the tooth enamel and attach to the organic tissue and it defends by swelling up. Because there is no room in the tooth for it to expand, it is constricted, hence a toothache.

If you are experiencing a toothache right now, the first piece of advice we have for you is to make an appointment with The Art of Dentistry very soon so Dr. Ronald A. Williams can swiftly help you. We can give you fast and friendly treatment. If you’re traveling or can’t come into the office for other reasons, here’s our “Do It Yourself” guide for fighting toothaches:

1. The 3 – 3 – 3 method: Take three aspirins three times a day for three days. Make sure you follow through with it completely or the aspirins could wear off and the toothache will swell again half way through.
2. Heat salt in a pan of water until there is salt at the bottom of the pan. Poor the water solution in a cup then swish it around in your mouth.
3. Clove oil: Apply some to a cotton swab and rub it on affected area.
4. Keep your head elevated on a pillow. It makes it harder for blood to get to your teeth.
5. Put a bag of ice or frozen peas over the aching tooth.

Remember, though: Our best advice is to come into The Art of Dentistry in Davison, Michigan, as soon as possible. Call 810.653.3503 to make an appointment.