EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s National Toothache Day – not something to celebrate, but to rather remind us to prevent toothaches and book those dentist appointments!
So how can we prevent toothaches?
Dr. Tony Martin of Martin Dental in Eau Claire says the most common cause of a toothache is a cavity that’s left untreated. He says if you don’t treat that cavity, it can cause not only pain, but infections that lead to bigger dental issues over time. He says if your tooth pain is constant, getting worse or causing swelling, it’s time to see the Dentist.
“If you have a little bit of a cold sensitivity, it’s kind of intermittent, not usually a real cause for major concern. If you have a sharp shooting pain, constant spontaneous aching or throbbing in a tooth, that’s usually a reason to call your dental office to kind of have things looked over. Usually if the pain is kind of constant, increasing in intensity, swelling in the gum around the tooth, or if you get a really severe pain when you are eating or drinking, those are usually reasons to see your dentist.”
Dr. Martin says toothaches happen because your nerves are irritated due to decay or trauma.
February is also National Children's Dental Health Month. According to the American Dental Association, dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million school hours each year.
Dr. Martin says it’s time to make sure your kids are brushing, flossing and rinsing. Dentists recommend everyone brushes for two minutes, twice a day. Make sure it’s the last thing your child does before bed and have them brush after breakfast in the morning. If you can add a little flossing and fluoride mouth rinse at the end, Dr. Martin says it will go a long way to preventing cavities
Dr. Martin says, “Use the moderation rule with regard to snacks. I have kids at home I understand that they eat all day long but the biggest thing that I can’t emphasis enough is try to limit the sugary snacks fruit juices, colas, anything that is acidic, sticky snacks like cookies and fruit snacks, anything of that nature can often times be a major cause for cavities. Lastly, the biggest thing that you can do from a preventative standpoint is make sure you schedule your kids to have their teeth checked at your dental professional’s office every six months, make sure they have their teeth cleaned if they have permanent molars, usually around the age 6 they get their first ones, make sure they get sealants on those.”
Dentists recommend finding a dentist for your child when their first tooth comes in.