A tooth can hurt for many reasons, from cavity development to structural damage and more. To prevent a toothache, you first have to understand the common causes, and how you can protect your teeth from them. For instance, keeping your teeth strong and healthy can prevent their enamel from growing weak, which can leave them vulnerable to a number of issues including sensitivity. Because we believe that prevention is the best medicine for any dental health issue, we offer a few effective tips to prevent toothaches from ruining your day.
Proactive Toothache Prevention
- Eventually, you may grow tired of hearing it, but the truth is that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is the most effective method of prevention. Not only does brushing and flossing help prevent cavities, it also cleans away plaque and bacteria that can weaken your teeth’s defenses.
- Oral bacteria aren’t a threat by themselves; more accurately, the threat stems from the substances that oral bacteria produce when they feed on your food and beverages. For example, certain microbes thrive on sugar, converting it into acids that weaken and erode tooth enamel. To lessen the amount of harmful substances that your teeth are exposed to, try limiting how often you snack, and drink plenty of water when you do.
- Accidental damage to a tooth isn’t always preventable, but with the right precautions, it can be. If you plan on playing contact sports, then be sure to wear a mouthguard. If you ride a bicycle or motorcycle, be sure to wear a helmet. Though not as obvious, grinding your teeth (bruxism) can also cause damage and tooth sensitivity. If you suffer from bruxism, then your dentist can design a custom-fit mouthguard to protect your teeth from the grinding.