For some people, a toothache can be the most intense form of discomfort they’ve ever experienced. For others, it may just be a small nuisance, at least until grows more severe. While toothaches can mean different things to different people, one thing is almost always true – it’s cause is something that shouldn’t be ignored, or else the condition will only grow worse. Because they’re often caused by issues that grow progressively worse (such as tooth decay), the best way to deal with a toothache is to prevent it, which may be simpler than you might expect.
Some of the common causes of toothaches
In addition to their severity, the specific causes of toothaches can also vary between different people. Some of the more common causes involve the tooth’s enamel and/or structure being compromised, such as by chronic tooth decay, excessive wear, unseen damage, or other condition. Some occurrences may not be preventable, such as if you experience accidental trauma to your tooth. However, many chronic oral health conditions that cause your teeth to ache can be successfully prevented, especially after pinpointing your specific oral health risks. For example, many people can improve their chances of preventing tooth decay by practicing consistently good hygiene and preventive dental care practices.
How to safeguard your teeth from discomfort
Keeping your teeth free of decay is a benefit of keeping them consistently clean and healthy with good hygiene, but tooth decay isn’t the only cause behind tooth sensitivity and aching. In addition to good hygiene, these tips can help you avoid several other common causes of tooth discomfort:
- Stop grinding your teeth – Many people grind their teeth once in a while, and though it seems minor, it can become more of a threat the more you do it. If you have a chronic teeth-grinding habit, a condition known as bruxism, then you should seek treatment for it as soon as possible to avoid wearing down your teeth and making them sensitive.
- Take special care of dental restorations – If you currently wear a dental restoration, such as a dental crown or tooth filling, then its failure could set off a chain of events that leave your tooth vulnerable to serious complications. One of the first signs of its failure may be sudden tooth pain, and taking good care of the restoration is important for preventing this.
Learn how you can prevent a toothache
Having to deal with a chronic toothache can be more than just uncomfortable, but with the right care and maintenance, you can boost your chances of preventing one from ever developing. To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI, today at (248) 852-1820.