February 9th is National Toothache Day

Did you know there is a national day dedicated to toothache pain? No kidding! February 9th is National Toothache Day! While having a toothache is no cause for celebration, being toothache free is something to be commemorated. Palm Harbor Premier Dental would like to use National Toothache Day to remind all of our patients the importance of staying on top of your dental care and how to stay toothache free!

Toothaches are painful and unpleasant. Simply put, they are just no fun. It should be a priority to stay on top of your home dental routine to minimize the risk of developing dental problems that cause toothaches. Avoiding toothaches starts with a proper dental hygiene routine at home. Be sure to brush properly for at least 2 minutes twice daily and floss everyday. Along with a rigorous home hygiene routine, keeping your regular, professional cleanings and checkups is just as important to keep painful toothaches at bay.

Tips to Remaining Toothache Free on National Toothache Day & All Year Long:
    • Brush at least twice a day
    • Floss at least once a day
    • Avoid sugary / acidic foods and drinks
    • Avoid the use of tobacco products
    • Keep up with dental checkups & cleanings

A toothache is your body’s way of telling you that something’s not quite right. And you should listen! Don’t live with the discomfort of a toothache. We will do a thorough examination, dental x-rays and professional cleaning to determine the cause of your pain and the best treatment for you. If you are suffering from a toothache in Palm Harbor, we encourage you to take action and call us as soon as possible. We’ll perform an in depth examination to determine the cause of your pain and work with you to get you toothache free and smiling. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289 – 0560 promptly. We are here to help.

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Further Reading:

Types of Toothache Pain


Most people will experience some sort of toothache pain at some point in their lives. Toothaches can range from mild pain that subsides quickly to more severe pain that lasts longer than just a few seconds. The most common cause of dental pain is dental decay, but certain symptoms can aid in pinpointing the exact cause of your toothache pain for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Pain While Eating

 A toothache that arises from decay or a cracked tooth may cause pain or discomfort only while eating. It is important to have it checked and taken care of as soon as possible so the condition doesn’t worsen causing more discomfort and more extensive dental treatment.

Sharp, Shooting Toothache

This type of toothache pain typically comes from a cracked tooth, a cavity or an abscess. They usually occur in response to cold, hot or sweet foods and beverages. Another cause for this type of pain could be receding gums or loss of enamel due to age or brushing too hard.

Dull, Lingering Toothache

Tooth decay, trauma and nerve damage can all be the cause of chronic tooth pain. Grinding your teeth over long periods of time can also cause nerve damage over a long period of time.

Severe Throbbing Pain

Severe, throbbing toothaches are typically signs of infection or abscess and generally do not go away. If you are experiencing severe pain and swelling, see a dentist right away.

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can arise from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders, wisdom teeth impaction, and grinding your teeth. Jaw pain can also be felt in the face, cheekbones, eyes and ears.

It is important to have any type of dental pain checked for proper diagnosis as some forms of pain mimic that of toothache or jaw pain. These non-dental related illnesses can range from sinusitis and ear infections to heart disease.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289 – 0560 promptly. We are here to help.








Any dental emergency should not be ignored. An injury to the teeth or gums can be serious and if left untreated, can cause permanent damage. If you do not seek dental care immediately, you risk extensive dental treatment, which can also be quite costly.

Dental Emergency Symptoms

A dental emergency that requires immediate care may include any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling – Urgent Care Needed (Contact a dentist or go to the ER right away)
  • Severe Pain
  • Ongoing Tissue Bleeding
  • Severe Infection or Abscess

If you are not experiencing any of the above symptoms and have broken a tooth, lost a filling or crown or dislodged a tooth, contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental to make a dental appointment as quickly as possible.

Home Care

Here are a few tips you can do at home prior to your appointment to help alleviate your symptoms:

  • Mild, warm salt water solution several times a day
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil as needed
  • Apply cold compress to the outside of your mouth as needed
  • Apply gauze to the area until the bleeding subsides
  • Bite on a moist tea bag

Diagnosis & Treatment

We are available to treat and diagnose the following conditions:

  • Tooth Pain
  • Swollen Jaw
  • Broken Tooth
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Loose Fillings
  • Root Canal
  • Extraction

If you are nervous about your visit, we have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and sedation dentistry available.

When to Contact Us

Whether you are a current patient of ours, or you are new to our Palm Harbor office, we are available to help you should you require emergency dental care.

If you are seeking an emergency dentist in Palm Harbor during our regular office hours, please call our office to schedule an appointment with DR. JOHN CANNARIATO, DMD. We will be happy to work you into our schedule the same day.

If you have a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, please call and leave us a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.

Appointments available, call 813-289-0560 today!


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