Toothache From Chewing Gum

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Emergencies - Potential causes

  • Chewing gum for long periods of time
  • Other repetitive muscle movements that stress ligaments, muscles, etc. (e.g. habitually wobbling lower jaw from side to side)

Emergencies - Symptoms

  • Generalized dull or low-grade ache throughout the region of the mouth
  • May have localized ache and tenderness of specific teeth
  • Headache may accompany these types of toothaches

Emergencies - Relieve pain

  • Stop chewing gum or performing other repetitive muscle movements for several hours to see if pain subsides.
  • Any OTC (Over The Counter) medicine you might give your child for a headache, but NOT aspirin. Aspirin can cause damage to young children and bleeding problems. Standard OTC pain relievers can include Acetaminophen (example: Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (examples: Motrin or Advil).
  • Warm packs on outside of face to relieve symptoms.

Emergencies - What to do

This is usually not a dental emergency unless it persists for more than a day. Stop the repetitive behavior and see if the toothache will subside on its own. Use pain-relieving methods suggested above.

If pain does not subside within a day, you may want to call your dentist for instructions. Remember, if you ever have any questions, always contact your dentist for personalized advice.

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NOTE: Any recommendations given can only be construed as general information. It is impossible for me to know your specific circumstances. I am not your family’s personal dentist. This material should NOT be used to diagnose the presence or absence of any particular ailment. This information is not intended to be a substitute for the services of a locally qualified dental health care professional. Any application of the material found on this website is at the reader’s discretion and is her or his sole responsibility. If there is any question, contact your dentist or other qualified dental health care professional.
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