When was the last time you had your dental appointment? Was it a regular visit to the dentist or was it because of a carious tooth that was left untreated and was giving you so much pain? Are you among those who seek for a dental appointment only when an emergency treatment is required?
The most common reason for a painful tooth is a dental cavity. Toothache is one of the most common pains most people experience in their lives at one time or another. The most frequent offending factor of dental cavities is plaque. Dental plaque is a white, sticky film that attaches itself to the tooth surface consisting of bacteria, saliva and food particles. Dental plaque undergoes a chemical reaction when acted upon by bacteria. Acid is created and eats away the tooth enamel. Food stuck in between the teeth can also cause toothache.
When was the last time you had your favorite hot soup or favorite ice cream and felt a striking pain in your teeth like a bolt of lightning suddenly hitting your dentition? Tooth sensitivity can sometimes be interpreted as toothache. You could be suffering from dentinal hypersensitivity if you feel pain in your teeth whenever you take either hot or cold beverages.
This results when the enamel becomes thin, cracks or wears away exposing the next layer and a more sensitive part of the tooth called dentin. This condition is often a result of aging, receding gums, wrong tooth brushing techniques using hard-bristled toothbrushes, the use of abrasives that are often found in whitening toothpastes and dental surgery.
- Dentinal hypersensitivity can be relieved and further damage to the enamel can be prevented by using toothpaste particularly formulated for sensitive teeth. You should ask your dentist or dental hygienist to teach you how to do the proper tooth brushing technique, which will minimize tooth abrasion and which will enable you to thoroughly remove plaque and food debris without damaging the enamel. Your dentist can also advice you on what to look for in a good toothbrush that and are gentle enough for your sensitive teeth.
Dental pain can also be caused by much more serious conditions such as the following:
- Impacted teeth or teeth that failed to fully grow or erupt. In some other cases, impacted teeth grow at an inclined or bad angle and some even in a totally horizontal position in relation to the mandible. Impacted teeth usually press against other teeth causing pain and pressure in the surrounding area and or trap food that increases the tooth’s predisposition to dental caries.
- Gum disease that impairs the integrity of the mucous membrane causing infection and probably swelling in the area.
- Sinusitis or pressure from infected and stuffed up sinuses can also cause dental pain.
- Sometimes mal-alignment of the jaw bones or what is more commonly known as temporomandibular disorder causes toothache.
Regular visits to the dentist will reveal any developing dental cavities, gum recessions, enamel abrasions and other major oral anomalies that may cause tooth pain when left unchecked and untreated. This will enable the dentist to provide proper treatment at the earliest possible time. This will in turn ensure you a high level of oral health and possible toothache free life.