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February 28th, 2013

When you feel pain in or around your mouth, the first difficulty is often in localizing its origin.  Head and neck pain can often be elusive, and can often be very intense as well.  It’s important to keep as calm as possible and keep track of your symptoms.
Did the pain start suddenly or has it been building over time?  If so, how long has it been there?  Does eating or biting make it worse?  What about hot or cold?  All of these observations can help your physician or dentist diagnose the pain origin.
Toothaches can be mimicked by a variety of conditions.  Salivary gland infection or blockage, sinus infection, and even canker sores or cold sores can feel like a tooth problem at times.  It is critical that you be seen by your health professional as soon as possible.  You need to make the decision as to whether to call your physician or dentist.
Here are some helpful hints.  If your pain reacts to heat or cold, it is more likely that it is a tooth problem.  In fact if the pain is severe but relieved by cold, it is almost certainly a tooth abscess.  You need to get to the dental office quickly.  Pain when chewing or biting likewise is usually of dental origin.  It is often due to a fractured tooth or filling.
Any pain is an indication that something is wrong and that you should be seen for diagnosis as soon as practical.  Pain that starts as minor can build quickly, especially when your immune system is weaker or compromised by a disease or just being run down.  That’s why so many times the pain intensifies during holiday times or on vacations.
If the pain is on both sides, then it is probably not from a tooth or teeth.  It might be sinus or jaw joint related.

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