April 12, 2017
One of the most well-known founding fathers said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin understands the great foundation that thinking ahead creates. At Lifetime Dental Health, our dental experts also hold preventive care to a high standard. Seeking the appropriate dental care from your Windham dentist to maintain healthy teeth and gums rather than just visiting when you’re experiencing dental issues can save you a lot of pain and money down the line. Through professional cleanings, dental exams, and other preventive treatments, our office can help adults and children alike avoid toothaches and decay.
What causes a toothache?
Tooth decay from dangerous oral bacteria that hasn’t properly been removed is typically the reason for a toothache in Windham, but it’s important to have a complete oral examination to determine the cause. Other causes of a toothache may include:
- Gum disease
- Tooth trauma
- Grinding your teeth
- An abnormal bite
- Erupting/developing teeth
How do I know if I’m really experiencing a toothache?
This may sound redundant, but of course, if you’re experiencing any mouth pain it may be because of a toothache. However, the symptoms of a toothache may also resemble other medical conditions or dental problems, making it difficult to diagnose without your dental professional’s assistance. Contact our dental office if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Abnormal swelling
- Unpleasant tasting discharge
- Persistent pain when you bite, chew or speak
How can Lifetime Dental Health help my toothache?
When you visit our dental office, one of our dental experts will conduct a complete oral examination. During your dental exam, your dentist will be able to determine the location and cause of your toothache. If we cannot identify the issue, we may take x-rays to get a better look at the inner-workings of your mouth. You will most likely be prescribed effective pain medications or antibiotics to speed up the healing process and relieve the pain of your toothache.
How can I prevent myself from getting a toothache?
The key to preventing toothaches is to strive to reach your optimal oral health. By keeping strong teeth and healthy gums, you are lessening the chances of you ever having to encounter painful dental issues. You must establish good dental hygiene habits and stick to them. This includes:
- Brushing twice a day, for two minutes at a time.
- Flossing once a day.
- Visiting your dentist at least twice a year.
Daily home care is a great start to creating a stable dental health foundation, but it’s not enough to keep harmful bacteria and plaque from collecting on your teeth and gums. Not every patient needs extensive dental treatments, but if you do, our office is happy to help you avoid painful dental problems down the road or treat them if you’re experiencing a toothache now. Contact our Windham office today to schedule your next appointment.
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