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What Causes Toothaches?

Have you ever experienced a sudden discomfort in a tooth? A toothache can be very uncomfortable and a warning sign of a more serious dental health problem. Once you understand the cause of your ache, you can be better prepared to prevent oral pain. Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe discusses the common causes of aching teeth and what you can do to help avoid them.

Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Multiple factors can cause a toothache, including:

  • Cavities
  • Sinus infection
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Infection or dental abscess
  • Loose/damaged filling or crown
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Of these different factors, a cavity as a result of poor oral hygiene is the most common cause. A cavity forms when bacteria bypass the outer enamel and reaches the sensitive layers of dentin. Weakened enamel typically develops as a result of consuming too many sugary foods and drinks, combined with poor dental habits. While cavities are common, there are steps you can take to help prevent them.

Preventing Discomfort

There are several ways to reduce your risk of tooth pain, including:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Flossing your teeth at least once a day
  • Cutting back on foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches

If you do develop an aching tooth, with pain that lasts for more than 48 hours, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Adrian. He will carefully exam your tooth to identify to cause of your discomfort. He can then recommend treatment, which may include a filling or a dental crown.

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

While brushing and flossing are important, they don’t completely clear away the bacteria and plaque buildup that can lead to dental pain. For that, you will need a professional dental cleaning. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone receive a thorough cleaning at least once every six months. During a cleaning, Dr. Adrian will remove plaque and polish your teeth. This decreases your chances of developing decay and infection, helping you avoid irritating oral discomfort. If you have any questions about avoiding aching teeth or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our Bountiful office today.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Adrian

Do you have any questions about avoiding dental discomfort? Interested in improving both the health and beauty of you and your family’s smiles? Then schedule a visit with Dr. Adrian today. We proudly service the residents of Bountiful and surrounding communities. Call us today at (801) 292-7500.

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