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Athletes are always at increased risk of suffering an injury. Contact sports athletes are at increased risk of suffering a blow to the mouth or face that could cause significant oral trauma.

Even if you are using a necessary mouth guard a hard blow can still cause some unforeseen complications. Some individuals might not notice any overt damage to a tooth’s enamel layer, yet a gradual toothache starts to develop.

In a situation such as this the wisest course of action is to seek professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Lee F. Peterson. After assessing the nature and severity of the problem he will present you with a viable treatment plan.  

If you cannot immediately make it to our office there are a few simple first aid measures that might help reduce pain and minimize further complications.

This could include gently applying a small amount of topical oral analgesic to the surrounding gums. If you don’t have some readily available, you could consume a standard dose of an over the counter pain medication.

Any blood or unwanted material in your mouth can be cleared away by a gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help to soothe any injured tissues.

A cold compress or an improvised bag of frozen vegetables can be held to the cheek to help minimize swelling.

If you live in the Hanford, California, area and you are suffering from a toothache after suffering an oral trauma, you should call 559-584-8129 to seek professional treatment at Lee F. Peterson DDS.