Q&A: Dental Care When Teeth Hurt

When your teeth hurt, what you naturally want to do is to leave them alone. You don’t want them to feel any more uncomfortable, so your instincts may tell you to stop brushing, to avoid flossing, and to wait on dental visits. We understand that you may be hopeful your smile will suddenly return to feeling normal and that the discomfort will magically dissipate. Unfortunately, this is not likely. What you need is to act! So, how to move forward with dental care, without making matters worse? Let’s get down to details with a Q&A session!

Questions and Answers

Question: Is it really important that I come in for a dental visit? I don’t want it to hurt.

Answer: It may surprise you to learn that we are in the business of helping you get out of pain, rather than causing it. You require dental care to fix problems that have caused discomfort sometimes. So, if your teeth hurt, come see us. We will be extremely gentle.

Question: What can I do about brushing and flossing? I know I need to but since my teeth hurt, I feel so hesitant.

Answer: We understand! Fortunately, you can alleviate discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain meds. You can also use toothpaste for sensitivity, which decreases discomfort over time. Add a fluoride rinse (alcohol free) to your dental care sessions for further possible sensitivity reduction. Of course, you should also be extremely gentle with both brushing and flossing.

Question: Is it okay if I investigate to see if I can tell what’s wrong?

Answer: If you’re strictly looking without touching to see why your teeth hurt, this is fine. However, don’t touch, poke, prod, or come into contact with teeth in any other way. This can end up making matters much worse. Instead, schedule a checkup!

See Our Team About Teeth That Hurt

If your teeth hurt, don’t ignore the problem. Instead, make time to see our team for solutions for a smile that feels good again. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.