It’s National Toothache Prevention Day

Also known as odontalgia, a toothache is pain generating from a tooth or multiple teeth.

A toothache can make us miserable, making it difficult to eat, sleep or sometimes even talk. It’s safe to say, toothaches are never pleasant and not really something to celebrate— so this “holiday” is all about prevention of toothaches.

There are more than 100 million bacteria in every drop of saliva. Many of these are harmless, but others cause health problems like toothaches if left unchecked.

When it comes to controlling oral bacteria, routine dental care is an important first step. Use toothpaste or tooth polish, dental floss and a mouth rinse regularly. Used regularly dental care products are effective in brightening dull teeth, getting rid of bad breath caused by food, gingivitis or smoking!

A Tooth Polish with natural ingredients will help prevent plaque, tartar, and gum disease for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Avoiding sugary foods and acidic drinks and daily brushing and flossing are important, too. Even so, we can still develop cavities, have accidents that break or chip at tooth or find ourselves with an infection. Teeth can also become sensitive to heat or cold.

Treating a toothache in the short term may be simply handled by over-the-counter treatments, but seeing a dentist may still be required to resolve the issue. Some toothaches are so severe as to require emergency intervention, so treating the early signs of a mild toothache is important.

Sensitive Teeth

Particularly as we age, we can be victims of tooth sensitivity. Hot drinks, cold drinks, acidic foods, and sticky foods can trigger the sometimes-unbearable pain that is caused by sensitivity of one or more of your teeth.

It is caused by the wearing or cracking of the tooth enamel and another substance called cementum, can wear out with time and aggressive brushing. The enamel and cementum gone, the dentin is exposed in the tooth allowing the nerves to be affected by the food and drink mentioned above. The attached article from the American Dental Association explains the causes and suggests some treatment to alleviate the painful condition.

One suggestion the article offers is using a toothpaste or polish that is specifically manufactured to ease these sensitivities. I am associated with a company that offers the most effective sensitive tooth polish that I have ever used. It works to relieve much of the discomfort. It is not only a source of relief, but it polishes and whitens teeth like no other I have tried.